Title: China Criticizes US-Backed Draft Resolution on Gaza; Veto Highlights Root Cause Concerns
China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, recently expressed criticism towards a US-backed draft resolution at the UN Security Council. The resolution, which failed to call for a ceasefire in Gaza or address the Israeli military’s evacuation order, was described by Ambassador Zhang as “seriously out of balance” and “evasive.”
China’s decision to veto the proposal at the Security Council was not solitary, as it was joined by Russia and the United Arab Emirates, with two other countries abstaining. This unified opposition was primarily driven by China’s belief that the draft resolution fails to address the root causes of the ongoing conflict and the historical injustices suffered by Palestinians.
On the upcoming Friday, 193 members of the UN General Assembly will vote on a draft resolution presented by Arab states. This resolution calls for an immediate ceasefire and the rescission of the Israeli evacuation order. While it will not hold legal weight, it carries significant symbolic value.
Recognizing the importance of resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict, China has consistently advocated for a “two-state resolution.” However, China has criticized Israel’s actions for exceeding the boundaries of self-defense and failing to adequately protect civilian safety.
In addition to its diplomatic efforts, China has pledged to provide emergency humanitarian aid to Gaza. As part of its ongoing assistance, China will allocate an additional 15 million yuan to address urgent needs such as food and medical care.
Russia also contributed to the ongoing debate with its own draft resolution at the Security Council. This proposal, aiming for a humanitarian ceasefire and the withdrawal of the Israeli evacuation order, received limited support with only four votes, including that of China. However, the United States and the United Kingdom voted against it, placing it at a disadvantage.
The decision of China, Russia, and other nations to challenge the existing draft resolutions reflects their concerns for addressing the root causes of the conflict and providing a comprehensive solution that will protect the rights and safety of all parties involved.
As the international community continues to grapple with the complexities of the Israel-Palestine conflict, the role of these opposing voices adds fresh perspectives to discussions. While efforts to reach a consensus on a meaningful resolution might be ongoing, the presence of China and other nations offers hope for a more holistic and just response to the longstanding crisis.
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