(From RT|China Daily)
China has openly declared that it supports the independence of a Palestinian state which has East Jerusalem as its capital.
Addressing the Arab League in Cairo for the first time, the Chinese president Xi Jinping also announced a $7.6mn grant for a solar power project to improve Palestinians’ well-being.
Xi stressed that the Palestinian issue should not be marginalized.
“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.
China and Arab states should build peace, promote development, boost industrialization, support stability and partner people-to-people exchanges in the Middle East, he said.
China decides its position on issues based on their merits and the fundamental interests of the people in the Middle East.
“Instead of looking for a proxy in the Middle East, we promote peace talks; instead of seeking any sphere of influence, we call on all parties to join the circle of friends for the Belt and Road Initiative,” Xi said.
He added that instead of attempting to fill a “vacuum”, China seeks to build a cooperative partnership network for “win-win outcomes”.
The president said there is hope in the Middle East and all parties should look for it by pursuing dialogue and development.
“The Palestinian issue should not fall into oblivion, and we must bring hope to the Palestinian people as early as possible,” Xi said.
Earlier on Thursday, China and Egypt signed 21 documents on cooperation, endorsing a five-year plan to boost two-way ties and pledging to co-build the trans-Eurasia Belt and Road Initiative.
The initiative was put forward by Xi in 2013 with the aim of promoting common development along the ancient land and maritime Silk Roads.