Monday, February 29, 2016

Chinese President Calls for East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestinian State

Xi Jinping addresses Arab League in Cairo before planned visit to Iran, announces millions in aid to Palestinians.

Hareetz - Jan 21, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for establishing a Palestinian state within the pre-1967-war borders amid efforts by Beijing to assert its economic and political clout in the Middle East.  Addressing the Cairo-based Arab League, Xi said the Palestinian problem "should not be marginalized."  "China supports the peaceful process in the Middle East [and] the establishment of a Palestinian state with its capital being eastern Jerusalem," he added through an interpreter. 
Xi announced 50 million yuan ($7.6 million) in aid for the Palestinians.  The United States, an ally of Jerusalem, has unsuccessfully attempted to break a long-standing stalemate in Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking.  Tensions between the two sides have been growing in recent months after a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks on Israelis and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.

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