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China's Xi pledges support to Palestine

By
Ed Adamczyk
Chinese President Xi Jinping, L, escorts Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, R, past an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 18. Xi reaffirmed China's support for Palestinian sovereignty. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
Chinese President Xi Jinping, L, escorts Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, R, past an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 18. Xi reaffirmed China's support for Palestinian sovereignty. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo

July 18 (UPI) -- China supports a two-state solution in the Middle East and full sovereignty for Palestine, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Tuesday.

His remarks came as he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing. Abbas is on a four-day trip to China.

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China recognizes Palestine as a sovereign state, calling for Palestinian independence, with recognition of borders mandated in 1967 and a capital in East Jerusalem. The two leaders signed economic, technical, cultural and capacity-building cooperation agreements.

Xi publicly stated that Palestine has an ally in China and that China will continue to provide assistance. Abbas referred to China as "the best friend of our people and the best supporter of our national cause."

Abbas also presented Xi with the Grand Medal of Palestine, its highest decoration.

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