|Xi Jinping 习近平 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
SINOGRAPH China widens stride on Middle East stage
As the US repositions its core foreign and economic policy to the Pacific theater, China has stepped in to fill the gap on the Middle Eastern stage with an offer to host a summit between the Israelis and Palestinians. True, Beijing would prefer to stay out of the conflict, but it has strong reasons to take a mediation role in a region increasingly vital to its national interests.
- Francesco Sisci (May 8, '13)