China to host Israeli, Palestinian delegations

China will host a symposium this week for Israeli and Palestinian politicians to discuss peace in the Middle East, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. The four-day event will begin Thursday, said ministry spokesman Qin Gang. He said it will be attended by Meretz-Yahad chairman Yossi Beilin and Abdel-Kader Hamid, better known as Kadoura Fares, a former legislator and activist for Fatah. Their delegations will be met by Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, Zhai Jun, an assistant foreign minister, and Sun Bigan, China's special envoy on Middle East issues. He did not have any specific details on what will be discussed at the symposium.