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China steps up diplomacy with offer to mediate in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By James Shotter and Yuan Yang

14 Jun 2023 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

With a strategic partnership signed between China and the Palestinian Authority, Beijing hopes to rival the U.S. as a broker and replace Russia's fading clout in the region, according to The FT.

China has offered to mediate between rival Palestinian factions and facilitate peace talks with Israel, in the latest sign of Beijing’s intent to expand its diplomatic role in the Middle East.

At a meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and the head of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas, in Beijing on Wednesday, the two leaders also said that they had signed a strategic partnership.

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