A positive role for China in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Written by Yiyi Chen. In 1954, leaders of China, India and Myanmar initiated Five Principles for handling international relations. These are mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence. Since then China has been a strict practitioner of the non-interference principle …

What drives China’s interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Written by Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat. In recent years, China has shown greater interest in exerting influence in the Middle East. In mid 2013, for example, Beijing invited both Palestinian and Israeli leaders for separate meetings to discuss the resumption of the Arab-Israeli peace process. In this meeting, Chinese leader Xi Jinping revealed his four-point peace proposal …

China’s interests in preserving the Israeli-Palestinian impasse

Written by Robert R. Bianchi. As China acquires growing influence in the Middle East, it is inevitably drawn toward involvement in the region’s many conflicts, including long-festering disputes between Israelis and Palestinians. If and when China becomes more engaged in Middle East diplomacy, it probably stands to benefit whether Israeli-Palestinian relations improve or deteriorate, so …

China’s Diplomatic Initiatives on the Palestinian Issue: Hollow words or concrete solutions?

Written by Yoram Evron. In May 2013, during the (separate) state visits in China of president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, China’s president Xi Jinping made a four-point proposal for settlement of the Palestinian question. About a year later, during the Gaza War, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi …

Firm for now: China’s support for the Oslo Accords

Written by Guy Burton. It has become common to hear talk about China as as global ‘rising power’ over the last 15 years. China has of course undergone substantial economic growth and development since the 1980s, and to sustain the trend it has required reliable trade flows and, in particular, reliable energy imports from the …

China and the Middle East: Embarking on a Strategic Approach

Written by James M. Dorsey. As the United States becomes embroiled in yet another military intervention in the Middle East, China is embarking on a long-term approach to the region that it hopes will secure its access to resources and trade, and enable cooperation with the US on Chinese terms. The approach takes as its …

Making Sense of China’s Reaction to U.S. Rebalance Strategy: What is China’s ambition?

Written by Dingding Chen. The critical assumption behind the U.S. pivot/rebalance strategy in Asia is that the U.S. needs to maintain its hegemonic position in Asia and China is increasingly challenging the U.S. hegemony. Worried that the U.S. might be marginalized in Asia by China’s seemingly unstoppable rise, the U.S. has made great efforts since 2011 …

China’s Antarctic Rights and Interests

Written by Anne-Marie Brady. China’s Antarctic program captured international attention in January 2014 amid the dramatic rescue of the trapped Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy. Only a week after the rescue, China quietly released the environmental assessment report for its planned fifth Antarctic research station—the third new station in five years. China’s newest base is …

China’s anti-satellite (ASAT) program: Art of War meets 21st Century technology

Written by Alex Calvo. It is often said that in warfare it is essential to command heights, an injunction one can find in the Art of War itself, which goes as far as saying that “he who is skilled in attack flashes forth from the topmost heights of heaven”. The advent of aviation soon resulted …

China and the Visegrad countries: Policies, goals and discrepancies

Written by Richard Q. Turcsányi. Among the 16 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries which are members of the China-tailored ‘16+1 platform’, the Visegrad states (V4) comprising of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia have since the platforms inception, been measurably advanced of their neighbours. However, there may be signs that its position within …