China accuses US of being ‘indifferent to the suffering’ of Palestinians
- Beijing again hits out at Washington for blocking a UN Security Council statement on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians
- Foreign ministry spokeswoman says the US ‘continues to stand on the opposite side of the international community’
The surge of violence and aerial attacks that started a month ago threatens to intensify and has presented a test for powers like China and the United States looking for ways to broker peace.
“The United States continues to be the sole party that prevents the Security Council from speaking out and continues to stand on the opposite side of the international community,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
Washington also refused to back a statement – calling for all parties to refrain from provocation – proposed by China, Tunisia and Norway during an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Monday.
Israeli forces on Friday continued air strikes on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, while Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel. Violent street clashes between Jews and Arabs have also broken out across Israel.
Israel sends ground troops and tanks near Gaza, threatening to open a new front in the fighting
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua suggested that the US was being hypocritical.
“We know the United States has always claimed to care about the human rights of Muslims … but the US has been indifferent to the suffering of the Palestinian people and even blocked [the joint statement],” she said.
She said China would continue its efforts to broker peace and reiterated its support for the two-state solution, a proposed framework in which Israel would peacefully coexist with a Palestinian state.
During a Middle East tour in March, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing would invite Israeli and Palestinian officials to hold direct negotiations in China.