China’s Support for Palestine and Relations with Israel


When the Nationalist dictator – Chiang Kai-Shek – held power in China, his view was supportive of the racist ideology of Zionism (which advocates White supremacy within Judaism). This is not surprising, as Chiang Kai-Shek was pro-Christian and pro-Western imperialism within China. He believed that China should abandon its own history and culture, and instead convert to Christianity and adopt every aspect of Western culture. As a Nationalist, he favoured a Sino-centric and racist view of the world, premised upon the Eurocentric racism expressed through the Western, imperialist presence in China. Although these Westerners viewed all Chinese people as being both racially and culturally inferior, Chiang Kai-Shek believed that the Chinese people could be the superior race in Asia. Of course, one of the major problems facing Chiang Kai-Shek between 1931-1945, was that the invading forces of Imperial Japan were motivated by exactly the same racist inclinations. In 1944, This pro-Christian attitude of Chiang Kai-Shek was heavily criticised in person by Ch’an Master Xu Yun (1840-1959), with the details of this exchange subsequently written in a letter (Xu Yun’s Letter to Chiang Kai-shek).

With the Soviet Red Army liberation of the Nazi German Death Camps toward the end of WWII, it was well-known in the Kremlin that a great and terrible crime had ben committed against the Jewish populations of Europe. This is why the USSR (and Communist Party of China) was tacitly in favour of the partition of the State of Palestine – and the creation in one part of the modern State of Israel. It was believed at the time that the UN would ensure an ‘equal’ development in the area (which might well have developed into a Socialist region – confronting and dispelling British imperialist influence out of the Middle East), but it soon became evidently clear that this was not the case. The Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their ancestral lands, and all their wealth seized by the Israeli State. This impoverishment was compounded by Israeli military aggression into Palestinian areas as part of a ‘land grab’ policy, and the adopting of a racist anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Zionist rhetoric. Then, on February 11th, 1953, the USSR cut-off all diplomatic relations with Israel. This was one month after the Doctors’ Plot and one month before the death of Joseph Stalin.

This was a major blow to Israel, as it had been receiving arms from Communist Czechoslovakia. However, these arms were being misused for non-Socialist, imperialist expansionism in the area, whilst the Israeli government constantly issued anti-Soviet and anti-Socialist rhetoric. Furthermore, starting with Golda Meir, Israeli diplomatic staff in the USSR were misusing their positions to try to convert Soviet Citizens (originally of Jewish ancestry) to the Jewish religion and the adoption of (racist) Zionist ideology. Obviously, the Zionist Israeli State (which had marginalised the political left in Israel), responded to Soviet protestations against Zionist racism and Israeli militarism with the usual allegation of ‘anti-Semitism’. This is how the modern State of Israel repaid the Soviet Union – which had lost between 27 – 40 million men, women and children fighting and defeating Nazi Germany. This anti-Socialist and anti-Slavic position remains the primary Israeli attitude to this day. Although Khrushchev reestablished diplomatic ties with Israel in 1956, these ties were permanently cut in 1967, following Israel’s Six Day War  of aggression in the Middle East (ties that were not restored until after the dissolution of the USSR in 1991).

When Israel was created in 1948, the Palestinian people were not consulted and a great historical wrong was committed. This situation did not become apparent for a number of years, until Israel manifested its rightwing, imperialist, racist and expansionist intentions through military action (always justified as ‘defence’ as more and more Palestinian land becomes settled by Zionists). The Soviet Red Army entered China in late 1945, and swept aside the occupying Japanese forces in Northeast. This geographical area, together with its industrial resources and captured weaponry were handed-over to Mao Zedong and the People’s Liberation Army. After the end of WWII, the United Nations General Assembly passed the United Nations Separation Plan for Palestine (No. 181) in 1948. At that time, the Republic of China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, cast an abstention vote on the Resolution. Until 1949, the Communist Party of China (CPC), and the PLA were engaged in a drawn-out military campaign against the disintegrating forces of Chiang Kai-Shek (who eventually fled to Taiwan). Chinese language sources state that in 1948, the Communist Party of Israel invited the CPC to a Conference in Israel – but that conditions on the ground did not allow for such travelling at that time. The CPC was engaged in the ‘Second Civil War’ with the Kuomintang (KMT). On March 1st, 1949, Chiang Kai-Shek’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (of the failing Republic of China) announced the recognition of the State of Israel, but Israel did not reciprocate.

On May 14th, 1948, the State of Israel was announced, with many Communist intellectuals being in favour, but with some disagreement being expressed in the Chinese language press. In this issue the CPC followed the direction of the Soviet Union, but although sympathising (historically) with the oppressed Jewish people of the world, the People’s Daily expressed concern about the potential danger of displacing and disempowering the Palestinian people. The situation started to cool considerably following the breakout of the Korean War in June, 1950, and China’s entry on the side of defending North Korea (in October, 1950). The US controlled UN passed a Resolution in February, 1951, declaring China as the aggressor. In this vote Israel ironically sided with the US. Following this, China’s intellectuals started questioning Israel’s ideology and discussing Zionism as a form of ‘White’, imperialist racism. In April 1955, the first Asian-African Conference (I.e. the Bandung Conference) was held in Bandung, Indonesia. Egypt, Syria, and nine other Arab countries were invited to attend the meeting. whilst Israel, which was hostile to the Arab countries, was excluded. The meeting announced in its final communique adopted on April 24th, its ‘Support for Palestinian and Arab Rights.’ Communist China adopted this position which it still holds to this day.

Following the Bandung Conference, Israel did try to establish diplomatic links with Communist China, but this effort was rejected. Instead, China announced that although it opposed anti-Semitism, and believed in the principle of a Jewish State and of Jewish self-determination, it does not support (racist) Zionism, and must defend the interests of the Arab World against US imperialism, and the rights of Palestinians against Israeli military aggression and expansionism in the region. Although a delegation from the Communist Party of Israel visited China in 1956 (led by Mel Vilner), a 20 year period of virtually no contact between Communist China and Zionist Israel ensued. As China had rejected Khrushchev’s condemnation of Joseph Stalin, the CPC saw no reason in following Khrushchev’s reestablishment of diplomatic links with Israel in 1956. As matters transpired, the USSR would eventually follow China’s example by permanently rejecting any ties with Israel in 1967. However, following the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, Communist China established diplomatic links with Israel on January 24th, 1992, with the understanding that the CPC will continue to support the Palestinian cause and will continue to work for a peaceful solution in the area. Israel agreed to these conditions.  On December 18th, 2001, the deal whereby a Fairchild AWACS aircraft ordered by China from Israel was put under pressure by the US, leading to Israel cancelling the order. This caused Sino-Israeli relations to cool. At that time, Israeli Prime Minister Sharon wrote a letter to the then Chinese President Jiang Zemin apologizing, and refunding the initial deposit of 190 million US dollars, with an additional compensation of 160 million US dollars. China remains one of the few countries that has maintained diplomatic relations with both Israel and the Middle East, whilst insisting that Israel returns the Gaza Strip and the West Bank (returning to 1967 borders), and supporting a Palestinian State.

Chinese Language Reference Article:中以关系





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