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.