2013-05-09 Can China be an Important Mediator in Mid-east Peace ?
    2013-05-08 17:06:21     CRIENGLISH.com         Web Editor: Qian Shanming


Given China's track record in the Middle East Peace Process, the visits by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to China in the same week may have surpassed many people's expectations. Although President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu didn't meet each other whilst in Beijing, their overlapping visits are a testament to the key role that China, as a responsible global power, plays in such key international issues as the mid-east peace process.

China has long been a staunch supporter of the international community's efforts to bring peace to the region. In his meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas, Chinese President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed China's stance through a four point proposal. China would firmly support Palestine to establish an independent sovereign state and push forward the land for peace plan. Regarding Israel, China has expressed its hope that the Middle East peace process will proceed in an amicable manner and also said that it is ready to expand business and trade relations with the Jewish state.

So how do experts assess the purpose and outcome of President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu's visits to China this time? And can China become an important mediator in the mid-east peace process?

Ni hao, you're listening to   People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headline news in China and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

We speak to Professor Li Guofu, Senior Research Fellow with the China Institute of International Studies and Professor Robert R. Bianchi, a political scientist from the University of Chicago and international lawyer with special interests in China and the Islamic World.

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