News / Asia

China to Host Palestinian Envoy, Urges Restraint in Gaza

Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, November 21, 2012.Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, November 21, 2012.
x
Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, November 21, 2012.
Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, November 21, 2012.
China says it will host an envoy of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this week to discuss the conflict in Gaza.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying announced the visit Wednesday while calling for all sides in the conflict to exercise restraint.

“We urge relevant parties, in particular the Israeli side, to exercise maximum restraint, realize immediate ceasefire and avoid escalation of tension.  China supports the international community, including the U.N. Security Council, to take necessary actions on this issue,” Hua said at a daily press briefing in Beijing.

China is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, with veto power on votes in the world body.

Bassam al-Salhi, general-secretary of a minor faction called the Palestinian People’s Party, will arrive in China on Thursday for a three-day visit, according to Hua.

When asked whether China would send its own envoy to the region, Hua said Beijing supports the efforts currently underway.

“Recently the foreign minister, Yang Jiechi, had a telephone conversation with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr expressing support to Egypt, other Arab states and the Arab League's efforts to alleviate tension.  We have maintained close contact with Israel, Palestine and other parties concerned,” she said.

An Arab League delegation visited Gaza this week, while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shuttled between the West Bank, Israel and Egypt to support a truce in the fighting that has killed at least 135 people, most of them Palestinians. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also has made similar trips this week.

Beijing at one time did not recognize Israel’s right to exist and was one of the first countries to support Palestinian statehood, helping the cause with military training and aid. Relations between China and Israel improved in the 1980s as Beijing began buying technology and telecommunications equipment. They established official diplomatic relations in 1992.

Hua said China will continue to work with the international community to push for the early settlement of the Gaza conflict and what she called the “fair and reasonable resolution” of the Palestinian issue.

You May Like

Video Experts Warn World Losing Ebola Fight

Doctors Without Borders says world is losing battle against Ebola, unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams More

Video Experts: Rise of Islamic State Significant Development in Jihadism

Many analysts contend the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years More

US-Based Hong Kongers Pledge Support for Pro-Democracy Activists

Democracy advocates call on Chinese living abroad to join them in opposing new election rules for their home territory More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearancei
X
Elizabeth Lee
September 02, 2014 8:57 PM
Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearance

Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Experts See Rise of ISIS as Significant Development

The Islamic State’s rise seems sudden. It caught the U.S. by surprise this summer when it captured large portions of northern Iraq and spread its wings in neighboring Syria. But many analysts contend that the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years. VOA's Jela de Franceschi takes a closer look at the rise of ISIS and its implications for the Middle East and beyond.
Video

Video Israel Concerned Over Syrian Rebels in Golan

Israeli officials are following with concern the recent fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces near the contested Golan Heights. Forty-four U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji have been seized by Syrian Islamist rebels and the clashes occasionally have spilled into Israel. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forces

A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
Video

Video Turkmen From Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Shi'ite Turkmen have fled the town of Amerli seeking refuge in the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite recent military gains after U.S. airstrikes that were coordinated with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the situation remains dire for Amerli’s residents. Sebastian Meyer went to Kirkuk for VOA to speak to those who managed to escape.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.

AppleAndroid