China Alters Israel Statement Amid Pressure From Schumer

China altered its statement on Israel after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) voiced discontent with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ initial stance.

Schumer conveyed his disappointment to Chinese President Xi Jinping during an unusual meeting on Monday, expressing dissatisfaction with China’s failure to denounce the deadly Hamas attack on Israel.

At the meeting, China said that its relationship with the U.S. “will determine the future of humanity.”

China urged “relevant parties to remain calm, exercise restraint and immediately end the hostilities to protect civilians and avoid further deterioration of the situation.”

Expressing his dissatisfaction, the New York Democrat conveyed to President Xi during their meeting that he felt “very disappointed.”

Schumer said, “The ongoing events in Israel over the past few days are truly horrifying. I implore you and the Chinese people to join in solidarity with the Israeli people and denounce these reprehensible and ruthless attacks.”

In a revised statement, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry stated, “China condemns all violence and attacks against civilians.”

In a statement shared on X, formally known as Twitter, Schumer elaborated on the reasons for China’s statement modification. Schumer wrote, “I raised with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi the Hamas atrocities against Israel and the need for the world to stand together against terrorism and with the Israeli people. I pointedly asked that they strengthen their statement. They did.”

Schumer headed a delegation consisting of three Democrats and three Republicans, marking the first visit by U.S. lawmakers to Beijing since 2019.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on X, “The China-U.S. relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world,” and posted a photo of Schumer and Xi shaking hands.

Another statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday did not reference the Hamas attack, which has resulted in well over 1,100 casualties and thousands of injuries on both sides.

On Monday, Israeli troops continued their battle against the terrorist organization to secure the Gaza border.

American and Chinese legislators are working to coordinate a meeting between President Biden and President Xi Jinping at an upcoming regional summit in San Francisco next month, aiming to navigate their increasingly tense relationship.