China’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, recently criticized a US-backed proposal at the UN Security Council, calling it “evasive” and “seriously out of balance.” The proposal, which China opposes, fails to address key issues such as an immediate ceasefire, an end to the “indiscriminate and asymmetrical” use of force, and the root causes of the current crisis in Gaza.
China has long supported a “two-state resolution” to settle the Israel-Palestine conflict. Ambassador Zhang emphasized the importance of resolving the conflict through diplomatic means and finding a peaceful and just solution.
In addition to its diplomatic efforts, China has also provided emergency humanitarian aid to Gaza. The Chinese government recently announced an additional 15 million yuan (US$2 million) in aid to help alleviate the dire situation in the region.
The UN General Assembly is scheduled to vote on a draft resolution proposed by Arab states, which calls for a ceasefire in Gaza and the rescission of the Israeli evacuation order. However, it is important to note that this resolution will not be legally binding.
In a competing proposal, Russia called for a humanitarian ceasefire, but it received only four votes, including one from China. The United States and the United Kingdom voted against this resolution. It is worth mentioning that for a resolution to be adopted, it requires at least nine votes without any vetoes from the five permanent Security Council members.
The ongoing conflict in Gaza continues to be a global concern, with various countries expressing their opinions and proposing resolutions at the UN Security Council. China’s opposition to the US-backed proposal reflects its commitment to finding a comprehensive and just solution to the crisis. As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how these differing viewpoints will impact the prospects for peace in the region.
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