Israeli diplomats may have assumed that years of providing China with advanced technology would change Beijing’s stance on Israel. This was a serious miscalculation.
By: Jianli Yang – Oct 11, 2023
On October 7, Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas launched large-scale attacks into Israel. In addition to a barrage of thousands of missiles, Hamas sent military personnel into Israeli territory to slaughter or abduct innocent Israelis. In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is now in a “state of war.”
The United States and the European Union issued statements condemning Hamas’ terrorist actions and expressing support for Israel. Several Asian countries also condemned the violence and voiced concern about the escalating conflict. China’s Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, reiterated its support for Palestinian statehood, while expressing “deep concern” and calling on all parties to cease fire and exercise restraint.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a long history of friendly relations with Palestine. Since the founding of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964, China has recognized and actively supported the organization. During the Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping eras, PLO leader Yasser Arafat was hailed as an “old friend” of the CCP, and China openly provided… [Continue Reading]