China-Palestine Relations – Bilateral Trade, Investment and Diplomacy

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China and Palestine established diplomatic relations in 1988. In recent years, China has sought to deepen bilateral trade and investment ties, pursuing a free trade agreement and integration with the Belt and Road Initiative. China’s growing influence in the Middle East positions it as a potential mediator in peace efforts, an ever more important role following the recent escalation of the conflict with Israel. We look at current China-Palestine relations, including the development of trade, investment, and diplomatic ties.

China-Palestine diplomatic relations

China was one of the first countries in the world to recognize Palestine as a state in 1988, at which time the two parties officially established diplomatic relations. That same year, the office of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) that had previously been established in Beijing was converted to the Embassy of the State of Palestine. China established an Office of China to the Palestinian National Authority (PA) in Gaza in 1995, which was moved to Ramallah in 2004 and has remained there since. The two diplomatic missions remain active today, with China’s Ambassador to Palestine concurrently holding the position of Ambassador to Tunisia.

You can also read the article on China- Israel relations. linked below

See also our article on China-Israel relations.

China and Israel have shown progress in their ongoing negotiations toward a free trade agreement. As per reports from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the round of talks held at the end of March led to expectations for a signed trade deal in the near future. It was also planned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet with China’s President Xi Jinping at the end of the year, marking their first encounter in six years. However, it remains to be seen how the rest of 2023 will proceed in light of recent events.

Both reports are dated October 11/23

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