The close timing of visits to China by Israeli and Palestinian leaders renewed hope for peace in the Middle East. While the US has played the dominant role in past negotiations, Wu Sike argues the international community can benefit from cooperation on the issue by China and the US.
The timing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visits to China is of great significance, sparking the interest of the international community, especially as hopes to renew the Middle East peace process emerge. As Li Shaoxian explains, success can only come through the cooperation of China and the US.
The fact that Barack Obama chose Israel as the destination of his first foreign visit during his second term in White House illustrates how important the Middle East is in the United States’ global strategy, although Washington had, before the March 20-23 visit, ruled out any new plan for settling the Middle East issue.
China is fully aware that a peaceful and stable Middle East is in the interest of the people in the region as well as the interest of the international community. This understanding is the starting point on which China bases its treatment of the Middle East issues.
The development of shale gas technology is expected to rapidly change the global energy landscape, world economy and geopolitics, as we know it. As the United States prepares to become a major exporter of natural gas by 2020, cooperation and mutual trust are vital to ensure stability in the Middle East and beyond.
The smoke of gunpowder is receding from the Gaza Strip. But people’s concern over the conflicts triggered by the ‘Pillar of Defense’ operation launched by Israel is not over. Israel’s 8-day military operation ended with more than 1,200 casualties in the Gaza Strip, while Israel suffered five deaths and some property damage. Thanks to Egypt, [...]
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