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FOCUSING ON CHINA'S ROLE IN THE PALESTINE PEACE PROCESS|
China's future contribution to the Palestine peace process will ultimately depend on the dollar-value of its investments toward this goal. Investments toward the economic development of not just Palestine, but also of Israel's burgeoning industry, not only give China's recommendations some weight, these investments also deepen China's commitment and stakes, justifying its further involvement in the peace process. It helps finance peace and helps China finance that peace as well, and is therefore a win-win solution. Investment must lead the peace process from the standpoint of China's role in the region.
Investment toward the political development of both Palestine and Israel is another form of investment that China should consider. Peace Awards and grants should be instituted. For example, 1 billion dollars can be earmarked annually to provide awards to outstanding achievements by any Israeli or Palestinian citizen that further mutual understanding and reconciliation between the two sides. 90% of this fund should go to only citizens of either side, and 10% to outsiders who pitch in to help. Such work or studies as are awarded should be based on achievement of conceptual breakthroughs or establishment of actual social or political mechanisms of reconciliation. China needs to put its money where its mouth is. Symbolism must be followed up with substance.
Nothing furthers peace more than the proper integration of the protagonists into a greater framework of peaceful development and cultural enrichment. As such, China must review its historical role in global trade and politics, reaching back to the Qin era or earlier, and synthesizing the potentials for its involvement. In this light, the Levant plays the crucial role as the terminus of the Silk Road trade, by land and by sea, and for China's investment in this region to be sustainable, it must be able to help the region achieve the same historic role in the 21st Century. In short, the Levant, which includes Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan, should be restored as the main hub of its land trade with all Mediterranean countries and Africa. The falling of this region under the shadow of Greek, Roman, and later, the Ottoman empire, prevented China from maximizing its trade with the rest of Europe and Africa. It stunted Chinese economic and technological development, severely, over several centuries. Thus, the development of sea ports, train hubs, airports, must take precedence over the development of manufacturing and agriculture. Mining is a distant sixth. Oil is not found in this region either, and falls to a seventh position. And only money can drive such a kind of development. China must partner with each of these countries in their infrastructure development, geared towards trade with China, even as China negotiates its way through Central Asia for development of highways and rail road tracks. Anarchy and wars between nations are its greatest obstacles, but these can be overcome only by China pushing forcefully, urgently, fairly and consistently, in one focused direction - the re-opening of the Silk Road to all these countries - and helping them connect in turn with Europe and Africa. China, in short, is the manufacturing hub of the world, and the Levant can become its trading hub with Africa and Europe, by land, to weaken the grip of its traditional Anglo-Japanese ill-wishers on its supply and trade routes in the high seas. Xian will rival, if not replace, Shanghai and Hongkong. China will re-transform back into Tangshan, and between the mighty Eurasian land mass and the massive Pacific Ocean, China becomes the Middle Kingdom of planet Earth again.