With the rise of Christianity in China, the support for Israel among Chinese citizens grows. However, that is not the case for the Marxist government in Beijing.
After Hamas attacked Israel and prompted a full-scale war, the Chinese Communist Party took a while to react. Initially, they called for “relevant parties to remain calm,” but then came out on Monday and officially demanded the establishment of a Palestinian state. During a recent podcast with Rabbi Myles Weiss, he explains why this demand is a false demand, because Gaza has been an independent entity since 2005.
China’s statement calling on a two-state solution was released around the same time that it was discovered that Hamas had slaughtered more than 40 Jewish babies – some of them beheaded – in the southern village of Kfar Aza.
Beijing has always been for a two-state solution, but their recent financial investments with Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia has forced them to take a side. China is a huge customer for Israeli goods, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been cautious about selling sophisticated technology to Beijing because of their relationship with Iran.
As the Israel war rages, China’s attitude towards a two-state solution is unlikely to change, but Israeli attitudes toward China most likely will. The Hamas attack on Israel was an open display of pure evil and China’s weak stance might be a bridge too far for future relationships.