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12/8/2023, 10:12 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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China: US block on Gaza ceasefire 'contradictory'

China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Zhang Jun (pictured) blasted the United States for using its veto power to block the draft resolution on the Gaza ceasefire on Friday, highlighting that Washington's move was "contradictory" as it claims to care about the humanitarian needs of the Palestinians.

"All this shows once again what double standard is," the diplomat stressed following the vote on the United Arab Emirates-led resolution on immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Palestinian enclave. The Chinese envoy expressed its disappointment that the United States decided to vote against the armistice proposal, stressing that "two months of fighting of unprecedented deaths and destruction, the immediate ceasefire is the overriding prerequisite on the issue."

"We call on Israel...to stop the collective punishment of people in Gaza," the Chinese ambassador underscored.

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