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December 2010

Political Issues


  1. Israeli FM meets visiting CPC delegation

Beijing, Wednesday, 10 November 2010

On Tuesday (9 November) Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with the visiting delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) led by Zhang Gaoli, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and party head of Tianjin municipality. Lieberman hailed the long-standing friendship and continuously deepened cooperation between the Israel and China.

Source: Global Times, Beijing

  1. China calls for settlement to territorial dispute between Israel and Arab countries through negotiations 

Beijing, Saturday, 27 November 2010

China called for a settlement to the territorial dispute between Israel and the Arab countries through negotiations. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks while commenting on an Israeli bill that had been passed by the Knesset on Monday (22 November). The bill demands a referendum should any Israeli government make territorial concessions in East Jerusalem to the Palestinians or in the Golan Heights to Syria.

Source: People’s Daily Online


  1. Jordanian King meets senior Chinese military official over bilateral ties  

Amman, Wednesday, 10 November 2010

On Wednesday (10 November) Jordanian King Abdullah II met with Xu Caihou Vice-Chairman of China's Central Military Commission who is on a trip to the Middle East to boost ties with Arab countries. During the meeting discussed bilateral and regional matters of common concern during the meeting. Xu arrived in Amman on Wednesday for a three-day visit. Jordan is the last leg of his Middle East trip that also includes United Arab Emirates and Syria.

Source: Xinhua


  1. Jordanian and Chinese senior military officials hold talks on ties 

Amman, Friday, 12 November 2010

On Thursday (11 November) Jordanian Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. General Meshal Al Zaben met with the visiting Vice-Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Caihou to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. Xu's visit shows the great importance China attaches to the bilateral ties, Zaben said.

Source: People’s Daily Online

Palestinian National Authority

  1. China supports Palestinian people's striving for legal rights: CPAFFC vice president 

Beijing, Monday, 29 November 2010

The Chinese people firmly support the righteous cause of the Palestinian people striving for national legal rights, Vice-President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) Jing Dunquan said Monday (29 November). According to Dunquan China maintains that the Palestine issue should be solved in a comprehensive and just way through negotiation on the basis of related UN resolutions, the land-for-peace principle and the Arab peace proposal.

Source: Xinhua

Saudi Arabia

  1.  New Saudi Train Ready to Shuttle Hajj Pilgrims Arafat

Saturday, 13 November 2010

The Chinese-built Mashair Railway, also known as Mecca Metro, rolls out 14 November to serve pilgrims beginning the annual hajj rituals near the Muslim holy city. The dual-track light railway connects the three holy sites of Mina, Muzdalifah and Mount Arafat- areas that see massive congestion during the five-day pilgrimage. It will replace 4,000 buses previously used.

Asharq Alawsat , London


  1. Syrian president, Chinese military official hold talks on ties 

Damascus, Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Vice-Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Xu Caihou discussed relations between the armies of the two countries on Monday (8 November). Assad expressed his appreciation for China’s support of Arab issues and stressed his keenness to pursuing friendly relations with China. Xu said that China supports the just cause of the Arab states and backs Syria’s efforts to resume sovereignty over Golan Heights and to achieve a comprehensive, fair and lasting peace in the Middle East. The senior Chinese official, who arrived in Damascus on 7 November for a three-day visit, also held talks with Syrian Defence Minister Ali Mahmoud.

Source: Global Times, Beijing


  1. Diplomats hail China-Arab ties in seminar 

Cairo, Tuesday, 9 November 2010

In a meeting in Cairo held on Tuesday (9 November) diplomats from Arab countries and China hailed the relations in various fields between the two, expecting further all-round development of bilateral ties. China’s new Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo said that “China has always regarded Arab countries as developing nations. And to strengthen the solidarity and cooperation with developing countries is one of the basic principles in China's foreign policy.” The meeting was attended by diplomats from Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Yemen among others.

Source: Xinhua

  1. China's role in West Asia for peace: expert 

Kottayam, Wednesday, 24 November 2010

 China’s engagement in the Middle East, an area which is of critical importance for India’s economic importance, will not be “conflictual” in the short and the medium term, Tim Niblock, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, U.K. said in Kottayam on Tuesday (23 November). He was delivering the keynote address at a colloquium on “Engaging beyond borders: China and India in the Asian Region,” organized by the K.P.S. Menon Chair for Diplomatic Studies at the School of International Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

Source: The Hindu, Chennai

  1. China urges peaceful coexistence between Palestine, Israel amid stalled Talks 

Beijing, Friday, 26 November 2010

China’s top political advisor Jia Qinglin elaborated his country’s stance on the Middle issue in a meeting with Tayeb Abdul-Rahim the secretary general of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in Beijing on 26 November. Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, expressed hope for establishing an independent Palestinian state and peaceful coexistence between Palestine and Israel through negotiations based on relevant United Nations resolutions, the “land for peace” principle and the Arabic Peace Initiative.

Source: People’s Daily Online

  1. China urges to push forward Mideast peace talks 

Beijing, Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao urged Israel and Palestine to stay on the path of peace talks and take constructive moves to advance their stalled peace talks. Wen made the appeal in a message to the Conference in Commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which was held on 29 November at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Source: China Daily, Beijing

Economic Issues

United Arab Emirates

  1. China biggest bank opens branch in Abu Dhabi   

Abu Dhabi, Friday, 19 November 2010

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China or ICBC which is world largest bank by market capitalization opened its new Abu Dhabi Branch to capitalize on growing trade relations between the UAE and China, Asia’s largest economy.

Source: Khaleej Times, Dubai



  1. Kuwait, China pledge more effort on much-awaited refinery 

Beijing, Tuesday, 9 November 2010

On 9 November Kuwaiti Minister of Oil and Information Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah and Asia’s top refiner Sinopec Chairman Su Shulin vowed to expedite joint effort on the planned refinery and petrochemical project which awaits the Chinese government's final approval. During their meeting at Sinopec’s headquarters in Beijing, Sheikh Ahmad conveyed Kuwait’s continued support to his country’s first-ever refinery project in China which is jointly owned by state-run Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and Sinopec.

Source: Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)


  1. China sends warships to escort ship attacked by pirates 

Beijing, Monday, 22 November 2010

China has sent three warships to escort a Chinese cargo ship that had been attacked earlier by pirates in the Arabian Sea near Oman, the China Maritime Search and Rescue Centre (CMSRC) said Sunday (21 November).

Source: People’s Daily Online


Mushtaq Hussain is a doctoral candidate at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Email:



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