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May 3, 2013 9:10 am

China: We Are Willing to Facilitate Peace Talks Between Israelis, PA

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas (right) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Photo: wiki commons.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said Friday at a regular briefing that China would be happy to facilitate a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas if they were willing to meet.

The two leaders have overlapping trips to China next week. Abbas will be in the country Sunday to Tuesday and Netanyahu is set to visit from Monday to Friday.

In an interview with Israel Hayom, Chinese Ambassador to Israel Gao Yanping said that the country would like to see a resumption of peace talks.

“We are hopeful that both the Israelis and the Palestinians will devote renewed efforts to restart peace talks soon. China will continue to play an active and supportive role in this context,” she said.

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  • jerry hersch

    Israel has three major things China knowhow,the worldwide network of Jewish business connections and naval port facilities or naval port privileges with primacy.
    It has been working on the first two for a while.. these for Israel and world Jewry are resources they have in abundance and far more valuable to China in the long run than hydrocarbon fuels which the world seemingly has more and more in abundance ..everywhere.
    The third..Ports
    China would like a Western facility of strategic importance..Israel will need to balance Russian facilities in Syria should Assad secure the coast.The presence of a Chinese facility would act as an umbrella.
    Even the opening of such negotiation would bring much diplomatic maneuvering …on all sides.
    Short term leasing would umbrella Israel from the north and add protections to its fledgling off shore oil and gas industry…especially if coupled fuel export with agreements with China.
    Rather than the usually short sighted American business community the Chinese, with a foreward looking vision,are usually looking for long term agreements and commitment.