Xi Jinping Reaffirms Support for Two-State Solution and Promises $70M Aid for Gaza

Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed his support for the existence of Palestine and pledged $69.3 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza at a summit with Arab leaders in Beijing

by Sededin Dedovic
Xi Jinping Reaffirms Support for Two-State Solution and Promises $70M Aid for Gaza
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged more humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip and reiterated calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state at a summit with Arab leaders in Beijing. He reaffirmed that China supports a two-state solution and promised 500 million yuan (70 million dollars) in humanitarian aid for Gaza.

He also promised to donate three million dollars to the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), which provides aid to refugees in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. The summit of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, attended by heads of state from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Tunisia, among others, is expected to focus on expanding China's trade ties and security issues related to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Beijing and the Arab states support the Palestinians in the conflict, with Israel facing increasing international condemnation following an attack on the city of Rafah in southern Gaza that killed at least 45 people over the weekend.

However, China has growing economic ties with Israel. In addition to addressing the conflict, Xi also called on Arab states to deepen cooperation in areas such as trade, clean energy, space exploration, and healthcare. Furthermore, China aims to present itself as an alternative to the West and a more credible partner for the region, one that does not interfere in the internal affairs of nations or exert pressure.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi attended the forum and met with Xi on Wednesday. The two leaders signed several cooperation agreements in areas such as infrastructure, technology, and food imports, which are expected to enhance the ties between their countries.

The China-Arab States Cooperation Forum was established in 2004 as a formal dialogue mechanism between China and Arab states. In addition to strengthening China's trade ties in the Middle East, it increasingly aims to play a diplomatic role in the region.

In 2023, Beijing helped broker a deal that restored ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran after seven years of severed relations and mutual tensions.

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