Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Time for China to join the Middle East Quartet

By Emanuele Scimia

ASIA TIMES - December 13, 2017

New diplomatic opportunities are being created for China in the Middle East after US President Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy there.  Trump’s announcement has broken the consensus inside the international community on a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on two states, with the holy city to Jews, Muslims and Christians as capital of both Israel and Palestine, along the borders of 1967. Now more than ever, Washington is no longer perceived by many Arabs as an honest broker in the dispute. And as Trump’s decision has also alienated Washington’s allies in Europe, the European Union could be considering more coordination with Beijing on the issue.