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China inserts itself into Jerusalem debate

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A new player has entered the Holy Land conflict, and it is taking sides in the debate over Jerusalem.

China has now formally declared its support for an independent Palestinian state, premised upon the pre-1967 borders. China has also said East Jerusalem should be the capital of the new state.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the statement during a regular press briefing in Beijing. The statement was in direct response to an initiative by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.

“China understands the concerns of Islamic countries on the status of Jerusalem, supports the resolution of the status of Jerusalem in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and international consensus,” Lu said.

China also called for the resumption of talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

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