China steps up support for Palestinian cause to challenge US Middle East policy

Updated November 21, 2023 at 9:37 a.m. ET

Chinese leader Xi Jinping is taking advantage of the conflict in Gaza to present his country as a force for stability in the Muslim world, contrary to what Beijing presents as American interference in the Middle East.

In recent weeks, China has stepped up its calls to end the war between Israel and Gaza, a display of diplomatic agitation laden with humanitarian platitudes but few substantive proposals for achieving a ceasefire.

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