Beijing, 14 June 2023 (TDI): Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has embarked on a four-day state visit to Beijing, reaffirming the strong and enduring friendship between Palestine and China. This marks President Abbas’s fifth official visit to the world’s second-largest economy, demonstrating the significance of the bilateral relationship.

President Abbas arrived in the Chinese capital on June 13 morning, where he was warmly received by Chinese officials.

During his visit, he is scheduled to hold discussions with China’s President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang, aiming to exchange views on the latest developments in the Palestinian region, as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern.

In a statement last week, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin described President Abbas as an “old and good friend of the Chinese people.” He emphasized China’s unwavering commitment to supporting a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue.

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Beijing’s increasing involvement in Middle East affairs has been evident through its efforts to facilitate diplomatic dialogue, and bridge divides in the region. China has successfully fostered a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and President Xi’s historic visit to Saudi Arabia last December further solidified China’s commitment to promoting stability and peace in the Middle East.

The Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have remained at a standstill since 2014, causing escalating tensions in the region. However, the United States, along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, continues to emphasize the importance of addressing these challenges and urges all parties to work towards a viable solution that preserves the prospects of a Palestinian state.

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President Abbas’s visit to Beijing represents a significant step towards fostering constructive dialogue and cooperation between Palestine and China. As two nations with shared aspirations for peace and stability, both sides are committed to exploring avenues for advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.