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Visits indicate China playing bigger role in Middle East

Updated: 2013-05-06 08:12
By Cheng Guangjin and Pu Zhendong ( China Daily)

Visits indicate China playing bigger role in Middle East

China is expected to play a bigger role in promoting peace in the Middle East, hosting visits by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week.

Abbas arrived in Beijing on Sunday for a three-day visit, one day ahead of Netanyahu, who will stay in China until Friday.

Analysts played down speculation over whether Abbas and Netanyahu will meet in China but said hosting the two leaders almost simultaneously shows that China is willing to do more for the Middle East peace process.

Visits indicate China playing bigger role in Middle East

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