Jordan's king urges stronger role for China in ME peace process

King Abdullah II of Jordan urged China on Tuesday to take a stronger role brokering peace in the Middle East. China's rising economic influence and diplomatic clout could lend momentum to efforts toward resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and other lingering regional tensions, Abdullah said in a speech to students at Peking University. As a permanent veto-holding member of the UN Security Council, and a "country that has good relations with all parties in our region, China's role is destined to increase in the future," Abdullah said. "We are looking for a stronger role for China," he said.