| 28 November 2023, Tuesday |

China says outlook worrisome as conflict spreads in Middle East, state media report

China considers the situation in Gaza to be “very serious,” with the risk of a large-scale ground confrontation increasing and armed conflicts spreading along neighboring borders, according to Chinese official media, quoting the country’s Middle East special envoy.

As fighting along the Israeli-Lebanese and Israeli-Syrian borders spreads, the ambassador Zhai Jun, who is visiting the Middle East, said the spillover consequences in the area and worldwide are growing, “making the outlook worisome.”

Zhai called on the international community to be “highly vigilant in this regard” and to take immediate action urging parties concerned to strictly abide by international humanitarian law and avoid a serious humanitarian disaster while putting in “joint efforts to control the situation”.

Zhai also said China is willing to do “whatever is conducive” to promote dialogue, achieve ceasefire and restore peace, as well as to promote the two-state solution and a just and lasting resolution to the conflict, China Central Television said.

Last week, Zhai pinned the cause of the Israel-Gaza crisis on the lack of guarantees for Palestinian rights as he met with his Russian counterpart in Qatar, a go-between in the conflict.

Zhai said China will continue maintaining close communication with the international community, including the Arab countries and will next visit the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other countries in the region to further strengthen coordination aimed at ending the crisis.

Prior to his trip, Zhai had phone calls with the foreign ministry heads of the Palestinians, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Norway, as well as with the special representatives at United Nations and European Union.

China has provided and will continue to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Palestinians through the United Nations and via bilateral channels to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis, Zhai added.

  • Reuters