Palestinian envoy seeks 'special role' for ChinaAFP news agency reports that Bassam al-Salhi, a representative of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, at talks in Beijing on efforts to upgrade his people's status at the United Nations and maintain calm in the region, said China can play a "special role" in the Middle East.
Al-Salhi, also general secretary of the Palestinian People's Party, referred to China as a "broker" and a "mediator" after talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
He said Beijing could succeed where the United States failed in finding a solution to end hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians.
We are very interested in the Chinese role in all the Middle East because
all the Middle East needs more efforts from the international community," he
"They want to be involved (in the Middle East) and we are interested in
them being more involved.
"A special role (for) China is coming."China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has voiced support for the Palestinian push for full state membership of the organisation.
It has also called on the international community to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but not played an active role itself.
This comes US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to take any extreme actions in response to the Palestinian move in the United Nations for recognition as a non-member state, according to Israeli Haaretz newpaper.
Clinton said such steps against the Palestinian Authority could bring about its collapse, the newspaper reports.