China Reiterates Support for Palestinian State

BEIJING, May 6, 2013 (WAFA) – Chinese President Xi Jin Ping Monday reiterated during a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas his country’s support for the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state.

Xi told Abbas, who started Sunday a 3-day state visit to China, that the Palestinian cause must become a priority and that the Chinese people’s support for the Palestinians is sincere and heartily.

“China will, as always, support the just cause of the Palestinian people,” he said.

Xi presented a proposal for resolving the Palestinian question and ensuring the future of the peace process.

He said that the path to follow should be an independent Palestinian state and peaceful co-existence between Palestine and Israel.

Xi emphasized that the establishment of a sovereign and independent state on the basis of the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital is Palestinians inalienable right.

He stressed that negotiations should be viewed as the only path to peace between Palestine and Israel, affirming that the priority is to stop settlement activities, end settler violence against civilians, end Gaza blockade and solve the issue of Palestinian prisoners.

The principle of land for peace must be sustained, said Xi, and the international community must provide guarantees to ensure the progress of the peace process as well as boost assistance in fields of human resources training and economic development.

In the presence of Abbas and Xi, the governments of Palestine and China signed economic and technical cooperation agreement and another cultural and educational one.

Abbas also met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and discussed bilateral relations and latest developments in the region.

Source: WAFA News