Qin encouraged both sides to “take steps to resume peace talks.” China is ready to create a framework for this, he said in his phone call with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, according to Xinhua.

According to the report, Qin told Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki that China supports the resumption of Middle East peace talks as soon as possible. These should be based on a “two-state solution”. The Middle East peace talks have been on hold since 2014.

China is currently trying to establish itself as a mediator in regional conflicts. This is how it mediated the resumption of diplomatic relations between the regional powers Iran and Saudi Arabia announced in March. Beijing is thus challenging the USA for its position as the most influential country in the region.