China and Palestine Elevate Bilateral Ties: A Promising Strategic Partnership

In a significant development, China and Palestine took a decisive step forward in their bilateral relationship, upgrading it to a strategic partnership. During a meeting between Chinese president and the head of the Palestinian Authority in Beijing, President Xi emphasized the deep friendship and mutual support between China and Palestine, underscoring their status as good friends and reliable partners. China’s recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the State of Palestine from an early stage reflects its unwavering commitment to supporting the Palestinian people in their just quest for the restoration of their legitimate national rights. China has offered to mediate between rival Palestinian factions and facilitate peace talks with Israel, signalling its intention to expand its diplomatic role in the Middle East. The occasion marked the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Palestine.

President Xi proposed a three-point resolution to address the Palestinian question effectively. These efforts include establishing an independent Palestinian State based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. China also emphasized the importance of addressing Palestine’s economic and humanitarian needs while ensuring the continuation of peace talks on the right track. China has consistently advocated for Palestine’s membership in the United Nations and vowed to continue championing Palestine’s interests and promoting fairness in multilateral forums.

President Abbas commended China’s successful mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran and expressed hope that China would play a more significant role in fostering reconciliation within Palestine and advancing peace in the Middle East. He praised China’s global initiatives in areas such as development, security, and civilization.

Both leaders agreed to further advance cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, leveraging the Joint Economic and Trade Commission to its full potential. They also emphasized the importance of progressing negotiations on the China-Palestine Free Trade Area. President Xi and President Abbas witnessed the signing of several bilateral cooperation agreements, including an economic and technical cooperation pact. These developments signify China’s increasing involvement in the Middle East as it seeks to contribute to regional stability and support the Palestinian cause.

The meeting between President Xi and President Abbas has generated renewed optimism for progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which have been stagnant since 2014. Experts suggest that China’s willingness to facilitate dialogue in the region could play a pivotal role in advancing peace efforts.

China’s commitment to Palestine and its proactive engagement in the Middle East have positioned the country as an influential player in the pursuit of regional stability and a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Being the first Arab head of state hosted by China in the current year, President Abbas’ visit signifies the depth and strength of the bilateral relations. China’s support for Palestine has been evident through its contribution to numerous projects, including schools and roads, and its assistance during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a show of solidarity, China also pledged an additional $1 million donation to the Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in June 2023. These actions demonstrate China’s unwavering commitment to supporting Palestine and fostering a robust partnership between the two nations.


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