Monday, December 18, 2017

Why is China so worried about Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital?

Beijing has close ties with both Israel and Palestine, and tension in region could hamper its investment plans

Liu Zhen

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Thursday, 07 December, 2017

China anticipates more conflict in the Middle East following the United States’ move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which in turn would disrupt its investment plans in the region, diplomatic observers said. Beijing has extensive economic and military relations with Israel, but also maintains close ties with Palestine.  China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s plan would trigger an escalation in tensions. “The question over the status of Jerusalem is complicated and sensitive,” Geng said. “All parties should be cautious in order to maintain peace. All parties should avoid shaking the long-term foundations of solving the Palestinian issues, and avoid creating new divisions in the region.”