RT: China supports East Jerusalem as capital of sovereign Palestinian state – President Xi

Published time: 22 Jan, 2016 04:15Edited time: 22 Jan, 2016 04:33

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China has openly declared that it supports the independence of a Palestinian state which has East Jerusalem as its capital. Addressing the Arab League, the Chinese president also announced a $7.6mn grant for a solar power project to improve Palestinians’ well-being.

Speaking for the first time at Arab League headquarters in Egypt, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that the Palestinian issue should not be marginalized, as he declared Beijing’s support for the Palestinian peace process.

“China firmly supports the Middle East peace process and supports the establishment of a State of Palestine enjoying full sovereignty on the basis of the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Xi told the Arab League’s delegates.

The fate of Jerusalem is one of the key issues in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Both Israel and the Palestinians want the historic religious cradle as their capital. The United Nations considers East Jerusalem to be occupied Palestinian territory, but hopes that one day Jerusalem can become the capital of two states, Israel and Palestine.

While both Israel and Palestine declared Jerusalem their capital, Palestinians usually refer to East Jerusalem as the capital of their independent state, implying that if Jerusalem is one day shared between the states, West Jerusalem could serve as the capital of Israel.

Israel however refuses to share custody of the Holy City, which it annexed in 1967. In May 2015, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated, that Israel “will forever keep Jerusalem united under Israeli sovereignty.”

Read more: Netanyahu urges govt to avert Palestinian Authority collapse – media

To make Israeli claims stronger, the Jewish state is continuing to build settlements in East Jerusalem that are illegal under international law.

Israeli-Palestinian confrontations have been escalating in Jerusalem with near-daily clashes between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli riot police. The violence that erupted in mid-September over tensions at Jerusalem’s holiest site quickly spread across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Over the past four months, Palestinian attackers have killed at least 24 Israelis while some 145 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.

Xi however stressed that the Palestinian issue should not “fall into oblivion” as it is of fundamental importance to peace in the Middle East. The Chinese leader stressed that the international community should promote the resumption of the talks that collapsed in April 2014.

In the meantime to aid the Palestinian economic hardship, Beijing promised to provide 50 million Chinese Yuan ($7.6 million) in the form of a grant to support solar power station project in its territories.

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3 Responses to RT: China supports East Jerusalem as capital of sovereign Palestinian state – President Xi

  1. Israel has No Standing At All regarding Jerusalem; It belongs to the Palestinians.

  2. LHay says:

    And why has it taken over 50 years to acknowledge Palestine – the original nation that lived there? Where have the so-called united nations been? Where was the defense of “International Law”? Where was the defense of Palestine all this time?

    Time to tear down the “Wailing Wall” and for Israel to take responsibility and grow up. No more bullying. No more excuses. No more playing victims. What good is a “religion” if there is no fairness or kindness to others, toward fellow human beings? This religion is merely a pretense, a means to an end … an excuse for bullying and stealing whatever they want. If anyone thinks they are “Chosen”, we have to ask, “Chosen for what?”. They best start taking responsibility for being worthy of something (?) or get automatically disqualified!!!

    Of course, any “grant” is designed by its very nature with strings attached to create indebtedness and to establish control over the people and the land. China happens to be doing this all around the world, including in the US.
    “Beijing promised to provide 50 million Chinese Yuan ($7.6 million) in the form of a grant to support solar power station project in its territories… “

    • Jean says:

      LHay, allow me to suggest that China, like many other countries, has waited until the tide began to turn. They had to increase their military power. A coalition has developed. Remember, it was back in 2011 that Putin first expressed his anger at someone wanting to control and boss every other country on this planet. It took him all those years to put together a group of people who had the courage to stand with him.

      Am I right in this? I don’t know for sure, but I think it is also a great part of the picture … until just recently, these criminals ran freely and roughshod over anyone who dared to disagree with them . . . change doesn’t happen overnight. Hugs, ~Jean

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