Beijing, 23 November 2023 (TDI): Mao Ning, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson of China, acknowledged the truce agreement between Israel and Hamas, which led to a four-day humanitarian pause and the release of 50 hostages in Gaza.
“We welcome the temporary ceasefire agreement reached by relevant parties,” stated Mao Ning during a regular briefing. Beijing expresses hopes that this ceasefire will alleviate the humanitarian crisis, de-escalate the conflict, and ease tensions in the region.
“Since the onset of the recent Palestinian-Israeli conflict, China has persistently advocated for a ceasefire and continuously worked towards calming the situation, safeguarding civilians, and providing humanitarian aid,” added Mao Ning.
Qatar confirmed the agreement, signaling weeks of intensive, behind-the-scenes negotiations aimed at freeing some of the 240 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for a temporary ceasefire and humanitarian aid access.
The conflict escalated when Hamas gunmen breached Israel’s border on October 7, resulting in what Israel reported as the deadliest attack in its history, claiming 1,200 lives, predominantly civilians, and holding approximately 240 hostages, including elderly individuals and children.
In response, Israel initiated a relentless bombing campaign and ground offensive in Hamas-ruled Gaza. The Hamas government reported over 14,100 casualties, including thousands of children.
China, historically supportive of the Palestinians and advocating for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reinforced its stance.
President Xi Jinping urged an “immediate” ceasefire and the release of civilian detainees, calling for an “international peace conference” to resolve the conflict.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden expressed gratitude to Qatar for its pivotal role in the successful hostage exchange in Gaza.
Acknowledging the instrumental efforts of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt, President Biden highlighted their critical partnership in achieving the landmark agreement.
Furthermore, the President looks forward to engaging in discussions with both leaders, emphasizing sustained communication for the complete implementation of the agreement.