China Peddling Mideast ‘Peace Plan’ that Divides Jerusalem

Liu Jieyi
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TEL AVIV – China’s ambassador to the United Nations urged the international community on Monday to embrace Chinese President Xi Jinping’s four-point plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state.

China will propose a negotiated solution to the conflict based on four central points, the Associated Press quoted Ambassador Liu Jieyi saying at a news conference.

The four points include advancing a two-state solution based on Israel’s pre-1967 borders, with eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state; the immediate cessation of Israeli settlement building, as well as measures to prevent violence against civilians and calling for an early resumption of peace talks; coordinating international efforts to put forward “peace-promoting measures that entail joint participation at an early date”; and promoting peace through development and Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.

China is also proposing the establishment of a “China-Palestine-Israel tripartite dialogue mechanism in order to coordinate the implementation of major assistance programs in Palestine,” Jieyi said.

The four-point proposal was first presented by Xi in 2013. Xi met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas two weeks ago in China and reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also visited China earlier this year.

Liu said on Monday that later this year his country intends to host a summit for Israeli and Palestinian Arab “peace activists” who wish “to contribute wisdom for the settlement of the Palestinian question.”

He urged the international community to “respond positively to the proposals made by China because we believe these four proposals once fully implemented will really go a long way towards helping the issue to be solved through negotiations, and also contribute to stability of the relations between the two sides.”


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