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China takes steps to ease tensions in Middle East

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China has stepped up diplomatic efforts to rein in the conflict between Iran and Israel, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi holding phone conversations with his counterparts in Iran and Saudi Arabia, and pledging that Beijing will work to prevent the regional security environment from deteriorating.

US blocks Gaza ceasefire for fourth time at UN, China 'disappointed'

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A Chinese envoy to the United Nations on Tuesday reiterated disappointment with the United States for blocking for the fourth time the UN Security Council's call for a ceasefire in Gaza.