Monday, July 24, 2017

China seeks to proactively interfere with Middle East conflicts

THE DONG-A ILBO - July. 24, 2017

A passive country in intervening in Middle East issues by citing the principle of non-interference in foreign countries’ internal politics, China is now raising voice over various conflicts and moving to proactively arbitrate conflicts. Analysts say that the move is aimed at seamless implementation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s external economic strategy "Belt and Road" and reflects Beijing’s commitment not to lose ground in its strategic competition with the U.S.     Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi invited and met with United Arab Emirates foreign minister Sultan Al Jaber in Beijing on Wednesday last week, and Qatar foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Friday when he said, “The Qatari situation should be resolved by the Gulf Cooperation Council without assistance from foreign forces.” “China has deep relations with both countries,” Li Guo-fu, director of the Center for Middle East Studies under the China Institute of International Studies, said, while calling both sides and effectively urging them to smoothly resolve the crisis.