China’s Foreign minister, Wang Yi, is set to visit New York this week to preside over a United Nations Security Council meeting regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict. This meeting is scheduled for November 29, and it’s part of China’s responsibilities as the current rotating presidency of the Security Council.
“As it holds the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council this month, China will hold a high-level meeting on the Palestinian-Israeli issue on November 29,” spokesperson Wang Wenbin said as reported by AFP.
The conflict escalated when Hamas militants crossed the border on October 7, resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and the taking of around 240 hostages, according to Israeli officials.
In response, Israel launched a military campaign to target Hamas, resulting in the deaths of nearly 15,000 people, primarily civilians, including thousands of children, according to Gaza’s Hamas government.
Last week, a truce between Israel and Hamas began, leading to the release of dozens of hostages and more than 100 Palestinian prisoners. However, this truce was set to expire within 24 hours as of Monday.
China expressed its support for the truce and hopes that the upcoming UN talks will contribute to achieving a ceasefire and ending the fighting, with the aim of alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. China has historically been sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and has supported a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the need for an “international peace conference” to tackle and find a resolution to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
This call underscores China’s desire to seeking a diplomatic and peaceful solution to the crisis through international cooperation.