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Abbas, Netanyahu visits reveal China's refocused diplomacy


08:39, May 09, 2013

BEIJING, May 8 (Xinhua) -- With Palestine and Israel's top leaders on almost concurrent visits to China this week, analysts have highlighted a trend under which China is increasingly taking a more active stance in diplomacy.

"China is following an omnidirectional diplomatic concept with a more obvious and active attitude, and it's gradually becoming an irreplaceable contributor to ensuring world peace," Hua Liming, former Chinese Ambassador to Iran, told Xinhua.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wrapped up his three-day visit to China on Tuesday, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Shanghai on Monday for his five-day visit.

With the two leaders' visits overlapping on two days, their schedules are drawing intense focus from the world as many have high hopes that China, as one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, could help the resumption of peace talks between Palestine and Israel following a four-year deadlock.

Abbas's visit was his first to China as Palestinian president, and he was also the first Middle Eastern head of state to visit China after Xi Jinping assumed the Chinese presidency in March.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu's visit immediately followed his similar trip to the United States.

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