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China Issues a Position Paper on Resolving the Palestinian-Israel Conflict

As reported by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the Chinese government has published a position paper on “Position Paper of the People’s Republic of China on Resolving the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,” whose publication coincided with the Nov. 29 UN Security Council High-Level Meeting on the Palestinian-Israeli Issue, personally chaired by Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The paper elaborates in greater detail the five points Wang presented at the high-level meeting: calling for a comprehensive ceasefire, protecting civilians effectively, ensuring humanitarian assistance, enhancing diplomatic mediation, and seeking a political settlement through a comprehensive international peace conference.

In introducing these points, the paper emphasizes President Xi Jinping’s “stated principled position on the current Palestinian-Israeli situation on a number of occasions,” pointing out that the solution lies in the two-state solution, “building international consensus for peace, and working toward a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Palestinian question at an early date.” The paper’s introduction underscores that the Security Council “shoulders primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security and should play an active and constructive role on the question of Palestine.” The UNSC has, of course, entirely failed in that responsibility.

The fifth point in the paper asserts that, according to relevant UNSC and UN General Assembly resolutions, the solution to this conflict lies in ensuring the two-state solution, restoring the legitimate national rights of Palestine, and establishing an independent Palestinian state with sovereignty, based on June 4, 1967 borders. “A more broad-based, authoritative and effective international peace conference led and organized by the UN should be held as soon as possible to formulate a concrete timetable and roadmap for the implementation of the two-state solution and facilitate a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine.”

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