China voiced hope that by hosting a Hamas official it would not jeopardize ties with Israel. The Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister, Mahmoud Zahar, a senior member of the radical Islamic group, flew Tuesday to Beijing, where he is to attend a Sino-Arab forum. Israel had voiced umbrage over the invitation to China, with which it has good trade relations.
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