In recent days, the military conflict between Israel and Hamas has continued, and all countries in the world hope to settle it as soon as possible and minimize casualties. While all governments are engaged in diplomatic mediation, the Chinese Communist Party, which happens to be the rotating president of the UN Security Council this month, has been behaving rather strangely, which makes one question the real motive of the Chinese Communist Party in this incident and what role it is playing.
After clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque on May 7, Hamas began firing a barrage of rockets at Israel, which then responded with airstrikes against senior Hamas leaders.
The clashes between the two sides at the mosque should have been the trigger, but Hamas provoked the military attack first. U.S. President Joe Biden quickly expressed his desire for an early end to the military conflict, “but Israel has the right to defend itself.” Subsequently, U.S. Biden sent the deputy assistant secretary of state for Israeli and Palestinian affairs as a special envoy to the Middle East to mediate.
The response from the West was largely consistent
Secretary of State Blinken said, “Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal freedom, security, dignity and prosperity, and that recognition will continue to drive our approach.” But he also said Israel has the right to defend itself and condemned Hamas rocket fire. He added that Israel has a special obligation to avoid civilian casualties.
A statement by the U.N. special envoy for Middle East peace said the cost of the war in Gaza was devastating and that there was “an immediate cease-fire.”
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mah Abbas and strongly condemned Hamas and other terror groups for shelling Israel. He later also decided to ban pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris to prevent public disorder.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that “Hamas’ rocket attacks are absolutely unacceptable” and that “the violence and attacks must stop immediately.
German Foreign Minister Maas condemned Hamas attacks on Israel as “neither tolerable nor acceptable” and that the rocket attacks must stop.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who spoke by phone with Israel’s foreign minister and the Palestinian prime minister, said “we are concerned about the loss of civilian life on all sides” and “we call for calm and an end to Hamas rocket attacks and the escalation of violence on all sides. “
On May 15, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke by phone with the heads of Israel and Palestine, sharing his hope for peaceful coexistence in Jerusalem for people of all faiths and backgrounds, stressing the need for Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel, arguing that a negotiated two-state solution (two-state solution) is the best way to achieve a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and deciding to resume economic and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian population.
Biden also reiterated his strong support for Israel’s right to self-defense and condemned the attacks on Israeli towns. Meanwhile, Arab diplomats are promoting diplomatic efforts aimed at restoring peace.
A very different response from the Chinese Communist Party
On the same day as the Palestinian-Israeli mosque clashes, on May 7, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi once again spoke of “multilateralism” during a UN Security Council video conference, continuing to say that international rules should be “made by everyone, not the exclusive and privileged rights of a few countries,” and even saying “This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China,” and “we will jointly promote the reorganization of the United Nations and build a community of human destiny together!”
After the Palestinian-Israeli military conflict, the UN Security Council held a closed-door meeting on May 12, but no statement was issued and no agreement should have been reached. While countries were busy with diplomatic good offices in the Middle East, Chinese Communist Party Foreign Minister Wang Yi was busy meeting with five Central Asian foreign ministers from May 12 to 13. After that, Wang Yi seemed to have nothing to do but speak with Pakistan’s foreign minister on May 15.
On May 14, Xinhua reported, “Foreign Ministry warns U.S.: Palestinian Muslims’ lives are equally precious. The Chinese Communist Party did little to stop the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and did not really care about the victims of the conflict, but took the opportunity to put the blame on the U.S.; it also accused the UN conference on human rights in Xinjiang of being a “political farce” by “the U.S., together with a few countries such as Germany and Britain and a very few allies. political farce” and then added that “the lives of the Palestinian Muslim population are equally precious”!
Instead of condemning the Hamas-initiated rocket attacks, mentioning the deaths and injuries of Israelis, or Israel’s right to defend itself, the Chinese Communist Party used the issue of human rights in Xinjiang to refer only to “the lives of the Palestinian Muslim people. This indirect statement actually reveals the CCP’s support for the Hamas terrorist organization.
On May 15, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with Pakistan’s foreign minister by phone, directly revealing his position. Wang Yi said that “the root cause of the deteriorating situation is the long-standing failure to reach a just solution to the Palestinian issue,” that “the plight of the Palestinian people has further deepened,” and that “as long as there is no just solution to the Palestinian issue, both Palestine and Israel China will continue to firmly support the Palestinian people in their struggle to regain their national rights.”
Wang Yi also called for a “ceasefire to stop the violence,” but still did not condemn Hamas for taking the lead in the attack, more like encouraging Hamas. The UN Security Council will discuss the issue again on May 16, and the outcome is not promising based on the current position of the Chinese Communist Party. The Chinese Communist Party, which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council this month, is openly fighting for supremacy at the UN, but doing nothing in the face of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not only seriously lacking the ability to communicate with other countries, but also seriously deviating from its impartial position and using it as a battleground against the US and Western countries.
The Possible Role of the Chinese Communist Party Behind the Scenes
The Chinese Communist Party’s stance has repeatedly revealed its support for Hamas. After years of frequent armed attacks by Hamas against Israel, including suicide bombings, and being considered a terrorist organization by Israel and the West, the CCP has not condemned Hamas at all for spearheading rocket attacks, and has stated that it “will continue to firmly support the Palestinian people.
Israel and the Palestinians have been in conflict for a long time, and the Chinese Communist Party has been repeating similar claims, with some media outlets reporting that the rockets for Habas were supplied by the Chinese Communist Party. In August 2020, the Communist Party launched four Dongfeng missiles, but only claimed to have fired two, and no one knows where the other two have gone. The recent high-profile launch of a space station component, while letting the remnants of the Long March 5B rocket fall freely, seems to be good evidence of this.
While most countries want the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to die down, the Chinese Communist Party is actually encouraging Hamas to continue its attacks. It is indeed doubtful whether the Chinese Communist Party is behind this unprecedented and ongoing attack spearheaded by Hamas.
The Chinese Communist Party is apparently confronting the U.S., but it knows it is not strong enough, and it is naturally panicking as the U.S. military prepares to withdraw from the Middle East and strengthen its deployment in the Indo-Pacific. The Chinese Communist Party was counting on Russia to help, and Putin did deploy troops to the Ukrainian border, but soon withdrew them, putting the Chinese Communist Party alone in the forefront of the confrontation with the U.S., while the U.S. and Russian heads are about to hold a summit in June.
The Chinese Communist Party should also count on Iran to stir up trouble in the Middle East, but the U.S. and Iran are negotiating, so if Iran gets good leverage, it will be willing to reach a deal with the U.S., and the Chinese Communist Party’s calculations may again fall flat. The Chinese Communist Party is also encouraging North Korea to make trouble, but the U.S. has also extended an olive branch to North Korea, and Kim Jong-un does not seem to be making much noise recently.
The Communist Party’s attempts to distract the U.S. have been unsuccessful time and again, and its encouragement of Hamas to start a war behind the scenes is basically in line with its usual practice of distracting the U.S. while taking advantage of the opportunity to sing the opposite tune of the U.S. at the UN. After the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Chinese Communist Party’s position is too blatant and more like pushing the envelope.
I believe that governments should have learned once again the tricks of the Chinese Communist Party in real life, and how to deal with the Chinese Communist regime may become more clear.