- "For many years, Arafat, as person possessing great
authority not only in Palestine, but also in the whole world community,
has been making an important contribution in restoring lawful national
rights of Palestinians and playing a great role in furthering peaceful
process in the Middle East," - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman
Ziang Ziue said at a regular briefing.
- "The anti-terrorist world war" caused such
conditions in the world, when politicians being afraid of provoking US
wrath cannot decide to calling a spade a spade. New York Times noticed
to the point: China concerned with violence escalation in the Middle East
criticizes two sides - both the weaker and the stronger (Palestine and
Israel), while avoiding use of the word 'terror.'
- That is how Chinese foreign minister Tan Ziasuan was
speaking on December 4, while accusing in the conversation with Canadian
diplomats both the explosions in Jerusalem and Haifa, and Israel's bombing
Gaza Strip, in particular Yassir Arafat's residence.
- Though this forcedly careful position of China caused
a big irritation in Tel Aviv, which accused China of 'double standard
position.' Israeli politicians should be prepared for some more unpleasant
- While analyzing the above-mentioned statements of December
4 and 6, it is evident the Chinese position is becoming more accurate.
In the 4 December statement of Zian Ziue, there are such words: "The
Chinese government supports Yassir Arafat and Palestinian national administration
headed by him."
- It will probably be necessary to use the word 'terrorism'
finally while commenting predatory actions of the stronger side towards
the weaker one (Israel toward Palestine).