China proposes expanded Gaza peace talks amid escalating conflict

CAIRO — Amid the escalating Gaza conflict and emerging tensions in the Red Sea region, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has advocated for a larger, more authoritative Israeli-Palestinian peace conference, including a specific timetable to realize a two-state solution.

In a press briefing following discussions with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo this weekend, Wang stressed the need for the global community to address the legitimate concerns of Middle Eastern nations.

“China is urging the organization of a broad-scale, influential international peace conference to establish a clear timetable and roadmap for the ‘two-state solution,'” Wang stated. “We back the prompt resumption of Israel-Palestine peace negotiations and support the peaceful coexistence of Arab and Jewish states.”

Wang’s comments come during his tour of Egypt, Tunisia, Togo, and the Ivory Coast, which continues through Thursday, Jan. 18.

Additionally, China’s chief diplomat has engaged in dialogues with the Secretary-General of the Arab League regarding the Gaza situation.