China Denies Providing Weapons to Hamas

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The Chinese military has denied assisting or supplying any weapons to conflict areas. It said it has always adopted a “responsible attitude” to defence. Thus denying the allegations of China providing arms to the Palestinian militant group Hamas in its ongoing conflict against Israel.

Earlier this month, quoting the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), A Telegraph newspaper reported that it discovered a “massive” stockpile of Chinese-made weapons that are used by Hamas. According to the IDF’s investigation, Hamas possessed a number of ‘made in China’ advanced weapons and equipments, such as cartridges and rifle sights for M16 assault rifles, automatic grenade launchers, and communications devices.

When asked about the IDF investigation, Foreign Ministry spokesman Sr. Col Wu Qian said China has never supplied any weapons or equipment to conflict areas. Sr. Wu said China has always adopted a “cautious and responsible attitude” to military exports, and strictly adhering to three major principles in its arms export policy.

He added that these principles are contributing to the legitimate self-defence capabilities of the recipient country, the principles do not impair peace, security, and stability in the relevant regions and the world at large, and does not also interfere in the internal affairs of the recipient country.

Sr. Col Wu Qian maintained that since the outbreak of the Palestine-Israel conflict, China has only provided Palestine with emergency assistance, which include food and medical aid, arms, and ammunition.

 

 

 

 

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