Foreign Minister Wang Yi will go to Washington, DC, this week at the request of Secretary of State Antony Blinken to address the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated.
Reports show China has been advocating for a “ceasefire” to delay Israeli ground operations against Hamas, thereby giving them free reign to slaughter civilians.
Mao Ning, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, said that China has been in constant contact with the relevant parties since the conflict, has actively participated in consultations at the UN Security Council, and has done everything possible to promote peace talks and help de-escalate the situation.
Mao said that Wang Yi had come up with a peace plan for the Israel-Hamas conflict that was being praised by influential people throughout the globe. The result of Wang’s idea would be a Palestinian state.
After the horrific acts committed by Hamas on October 7, hopes for a viable state are fading fast.
A report indicates Mao became irritable when questioned about Wang’s Tuesday confirmation of Israel’s right to self-defense in his first phone discussion with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen following the Hamas attack.
Wang reminded Cohen that Israel must abide by the rules of international humanitarian law to safeguard the safety of civilians.
Mao said that Wang had made similar statements to the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to prevent the conflict from worsening.
Reports show that US-China ties have deteriorated dramatically since 2018 amid human rights in Xinjiang, trade imbalance, South China Sea militarization, increased pressure on Taiwan, and the pandemic.
Reports show Biden and China’s Xi met in Indonesia for the conference of wealthy and developing countries last November. The parties agreed to restart negotiations from issue-specific work groups. But Washington charged Beijing with flying a surveillance balloon over the U.S. in February, prompting Beijing’s protestations and lowering bilateral relations again.
Blinken visited Beijing in June as relations improved. Six senators, headed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, visited China last month for the first time since 2019. China hosted California Governor Gavin Newsom for climate change talks this week.