Thursday, October 25, 2018

China begins free-trade talks with Palestine as it expands its influence in the Middle East

Memorandum of understanding signed during Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan’s visit to Middle East    
Beijing says it supports ‘two-state solution’ to Palestine-Israel dispute 

SCMP - Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

China has agreed to begin free-trade talks with Palestine, Beijing said on Wednesday, in the latest sign of the country trying to increase its political and economic engagement in the Middle East. Commerce officials from the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding during Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan’s visit to the region, the first by a top level official in almost 20 years, the commerce ministry said in a statement.  Wang, who oversaw the signing ceremony with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, was quoted as saying that Beijing stood with the Palestinian people and continued to support peaceful negotiation and the “two-state solution” to its dispute with Israel.