In a landmark press conference held on Sunday, the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, alongside his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri in Cairo, called for the immediate establishment of a Palestinian state and urged for an urgent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. The announcement comes amid the harsh realities of the Israel-Gaza war, which has endured for a harrowing 100 days, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives.
The foreign minister of China, Wang Yi, in a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart, asserted, “It is necessary to insist on the establishment of an independent, fully sovereign state of Palestine on the 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital.” Looking at the horrors of the war on the people, both ministers in a joint statement urged to put an immediate end to all the acts of violence, killing, and targeting of civilians and civilian establishments.
The press conference in Cairo served as a platform for the Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi to articulate China’s stance on the escalating crisis. The foreign minister also added by saying that China has decided to provide the third tranche of emergency humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, adding that the international community should listen carefully to the genuine and legitimate concerns of the countries in the region.
In response to the deadly attacks of October 7, Israel counter-attacked by launching an intense military campaign. These attacks and counterattacks have resulted in thousands of deaths and captivated hundreds of hostages. In Gaza, almost 23,968 people have already been killed. According to the health ministry in the besieged Hamas-ruled territory, this number includes most women and children.
The Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukri, jointly proposed the convening of an international summit to address the Palestinian cause. They emphasized the need for a fair, comprehensive, and enduring resolution, advocating for the termination of Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent, contiguous Palestinian state.
The President of China, Xi Jinping has earlier called for an “international peace conference” to sort out the fighting. Gaza and the occupied West Bank are divided by the territory of Israel. Both of them were seized in the six–day war of 1967 by Israel. But Israel in the year 2005, took back the last of its troops and settlers from Gaza. The call for a Palestinian state and a ceasefire resonates as a powerful plea for peace.