Is China the next world peacemaker? - opinion
China’s foreign minister told his Israeli and Palestinian counterparts last week that Beijing is ready to help facilitate peace talks. The separate phone calls between Foreign Minister Qin Gang and Israeli and Palestinian senior diplomats fall amid recent moves by Beijing to position itself as a regional mediator.
Just last month, China successfully brokered a Saudi-Iranian rapprochement and indicated that it wishes to play peacemaker between Russia and Ukraine. These developments did not happen in a vacuum: Since Xi Jinping rose to power in 2012, China has stepped up its global conflict mediation efforts. Several interests are driving this trend.
On the material front, securing its economic interests, protecting its citizens abroad and ensuring its national security are critical factors influencing where and to what extent Beijing chooses to involve itself in any given conflict…
China ramps up its efforts to shape a multipolar world
China’s recent achievement in brokering rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran has captivated the attention of pundits and policymakers worldwide. Now, China has indicated that it wishes to act as peacemaker between Russia and Ukraine.
These developments reflect a trend that has seen a stark rise in China’s global conflict mediation efforts since Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 assumed power in 2012, raising a pivotal question: what motivates Beijing to take on this role of peacemaker?
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