China rejects Israel’s endeavors to annex parts of Palestinian territories – diplomat

China rejects Israel’s endeavors to annex parts of Palestinian territories – diplomat

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China rejects Israel’s endeavors to annex large swaths of the Palestinian territories designated to be part of the future State of Palestine, a Chinese diplomat said on Monday.

Speaking in an interview with the Palestine News & Information Agency, WAFA, Chinese Ambassador to Palestine Guo Wei stated his country’s rejection of Israel annexation of occupied West Bank land and of any unilateral measures that undermine peace and stability.

He reiterated Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s call at the UN Security Council’s video conference for a just and comprehensive solution to the question of Palestine and stress on the centrality of the Palestinian cause.

“The Palestine issue has always been at the core of the Middle East issue and a just and reasonable solution is a prerequisite for the region’s lasting peace and security,” Wang said during the Security Council virtual meeting, adding that China was deeply concerned about the continuing tension between Palestine and Israel recently.

Guo highlighted the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s four-point proposal for settling the Palestine issue.

Based on the proposal, the ambassador explained that China would like to emphasize the following four points, namely any deviation from the international consensus on the Palestinian question should be avoided, and the “two-state solution” is the bottom line of international fairness and justice and history cannot be reversed.

He added that the third point of the proposal is that China supports the establishment of the independent and fully sovereign State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital and that the Palestinian people’s national rights were inalienable and should not be traded.

Guo elaborated that the fourth point of the proposal is that Israel’s right to exist should also be fully respected and that relevant UN resolutions, the principle of “land for peace” should be observed and reaffirmed.

The Chinese diplomat stressed that unilateral actions risk “aggravating differences and undermining trust” and that the only viable way is to resume equal dialogue between the parties as soon as possible in order to rebuild mutual trust, defuse conflicts and find a way to coexist peacefully.

Guo reaffirmed China’s rejection of Israel’s move to annex its colonial settlements, an issue which should be resolved in the final-status negotiations. He also reiterated the Security Council position that colonial settlement construction is a violation of international law, and that the issue of the occupied territories should be resolved as soon as possible based on the relevant UN resolutions.

The Chinese ambassador called for a commitment to peace talks as a strategic choice and the need to build on the outcome of previous talks and refrain from any actions that risk inflaming tensions. He urged the international community, particularly influential states, to continue to support the Palestinian question and place it at the core of the international agenda as well as to take an objective and fair stance and make sincere and real efforts for advancing the Middle East peace process.

Guo tackled the initiative of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to convene an international peace conference on the basis of relevant UN resolutions to end the Israeli occupation and establish the independent State of Palestine.

He said that China supports Abbas’ initiative, emphasizing that Palestine’s humanitarian and economic issues should not be ignored, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic, and called for the full removal of the crippling blockade that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2006.

Highlighting Palestinian-Chinese longstanding friendship, Guo stressed that China would remain a true friend to the Palestinian people. He noted that Beijing would always care about the Middle East peace process, adhere to international justice and support any efforts conducive to de-escalating tensions there.

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