CHINA: 21 November 2023, In an unprecedented move during the Brics summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a comprehensive address, urging an immediate end to what he characterized as Israel’s “collective punishment” on the people of Gaza. In this landmark speech, President Xi emphasized the critical need for a ceasefire and the release of civilian hostages by Hamas, calling for a two-state solution as the sole path to achieving lasting peace in the tumultuous region.
Xi reiterated China’s unwavering support for the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of an independent state. He emphasized the urgency of resolving the longstanding conflict and proposed the convening of an international conference to foster consensus for peace. The Chinese leader advocated for a comprehensive and just resolution to the question of Palestine.
The humanitarian dimension of China’s involvement was underscored by President Xi, who detailed substantial contributions. China had provided $2 million in emergency funds through the United Nations and the Palestinian Authority, coupled with 15 million yuan in food and medical supplies sent via Egypt into the conflict zone. President Xi pledged continued assistance based on the evolving needs of the people, emphasizing the imperative of maintaining secure and open humanitarian corridors.
Beyond the immediate crisis, Xi called on the international community to take tangible and immediate actions to prevent the conflict from escalating further. He highlighted the potential risks to regional stability and underscored the interconnectedness of the Middle East’s security with the resolution of the Palestinian question.
This address marked Xi Jinping’s first public statement on the Gaza conflict, following diplomatic discussions with various world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. The Chinese president’s stance diverges from the Western narrative by refraining from outright condemnation of Hamas and focusing criticism on Israel’s actions, positioning China as a diplomatic advocate for negotiated solutions.