China urges correcting 'historical injustice' to allow Palestinian state

Kristopher Drake
April 14, 2017

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Beijing, Al-Maliki said China should have "greater involvement in the process of reaching an agreement between Palestine and Israel".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says there would be no winners in an armed conflict between the USA and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Wang lamented that it has been seventy years now since the Jewish State was created through a United Nations resolution and "what we see is that our Palestinian brothers have yet to establish an independent state with full sovereignty".

He added after meeting Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki that failure to build this state "is a historic injustice that can no longer continue". China is always firmly opposed to any gesture likely to increase tension, Wang stressed, and said that in this crisis 'the victor will not be the one who makes tougher affirmations or exhibit more muscle'.

"Amid tensions we will also find a kind of opportunity to return to talks", Wang said.

Al-Maliki said the two-state solution is the only way to resolve conflict in the region and that establishing the Palestinian state is the "cornerstone of the fight against terrorism".

The comprehensive strategic partnership between France and China will continuously move forward regardless of French presidential election's result, Ayrault said, noting that he visited Beijing before the presidential election to underscore the importance of the France-China relationship and its significance to world peace and stability.

"And we do encourage China to do more of this kind of approach, in order to see peace ultimately achieved in our region", he added.

The Middle East, however, is fraught with risk for China, a country that has little experience navigating the religious and political tensions that frequently rack the region.

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