China has expressed deep disappointment and regret over the US veto of a UN Security Council resolution demanding a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.
The resolution, backed by over 100 countries, was narrowly defeated after receiving 13 votes in favor, one abstention from the UK, and the US veto.
“This veto is a clear example of the US’s double standard regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the UN.
“While claiming to care about the lives of Palestinians, the US continues to shield Israel from accountability for its actions,” said Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the UN.
The draft resolution, proposed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on behalf of Arab states, called for an immediate ceasefire and the protection of civilians.
It echoed concerns shared by the international community about the escalating violence and its devastating impact on the people of Gaza.
Zhang emphasized the hypocrisy of the US position, criticizing its rhetoric of concern for human rights while condoning Israel’s actions.
He pointed out the contradiction between the US’s stated commitment to protecting civilians and its support for Israel’s continued military campaign.
“The international community’s call for a ceasefire will not be silenced,” Zhang affirmed.
He urged Israel to respect the international consensus and end its collective punishment of the Palestinian people.
China also called for the continued release of detainees and emphasized the need for renewed diplomatic efforts to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East.
The failed resolution highlights the ongoing divisions within the international community on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
While the US remains a staunch ally of Israel, China and other countries are increasingly critical of its actions and urging a more balanced approach to the conflict.
The future of the peace process remains uncertain, and continued international pressure will be necessary to bring an end to the violence and create a lasting solution for both Palestinians and Israelis.