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Chinese Envoy: 'Belt and Road' Initiative May Help Ease Mideast Tensions
   2015-04-06 07:49:13    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang

China's special envoy on Middle East affairs, Gong Xiaosheng. [Photo: english.cri.cn/Zhang Jin]

China's special envoy for Middle East affairs is actively promoting the Chinese government's 'Belt and Road' initiative, suggesting it may help ease the tensions in the region.

CRI's Qi Zhi has more.

 

China's special envoy on Middle East affairs, Gong Xiaosheng, says any future solution for the Middle East is going to have to include a reconstruction plan.

"Any future solution to the Middle East should include not only peace agreements, but also humanitarian aid, post-war reconstruction, economic recovery and development. Only a comprehensive solution including political, economic, cultural aspects and others can really push forward the peace process and make breakthrough."

He's suggesting the 'Silk Road Economic Belt' and '21st Century Maritime Silk Road' can help create a lasting peace.

"The 'One Belt and One Road' initiative may become an important aspect of the peace process. We hope to contribute to peace in the Middle East through 'One Belt and One Road', and bring some hope and peace to the people in this region, especial to those living in conflict zones."

The comments have been made as part of meeting among Gong Xiaosheng and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki and chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Gong says the Chinese side is hoping to help push-forward Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

"The current situation in the Middle East is very difficult. The Palestinian and the Israeli sides have large differences in their positions and do not trust each other. It is difficult to restart negotiations. We hope that through our efforts, both sides can increase trust to each other and insist on solving problems through political way."

Among the topics discussed was the Palestinian acceptance as a member of the International Criminal Court.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

"We hope China will help us solve our problems peacefully and avoid more violence. We always respect the international law and hope to solve the problems under the framework of international law. Joining international institutions including the International Criminal Court shows sufficiently that Palestinian people hope to avoid violence, solve the problems and realize the two-state solution through international law."

The International Criminal Court officially accepted Palestine as an ICC member this past week.

For CRI, I'm Qi Zhi.

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