Abbas: China can make contribution to peace process
Ahead of visit to China, PA chairman praises President Xi’s proposal for peace with Israel.
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who will visit China this week, told the Xinhua news agency in an interview on Sunday that he believes China could make a positive contribution to help achieve peace and stability in the Middle East and to promote the development of the political process in the region.
Abbas said that during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he will place an emphasis on the four-point proposal put forward by Xi in May 2013 for a solution to the conflict with Israel.
The Chinese proposal focused on an independent Palestinian state, negotiations as the only way to peace, the principle of “land for peace”, and guarantees the international community should provide for the progress of the peace process.
Abbas told Xinhua he would discuss this proposal with Xi, as well as the proposals that the Chinese President raised in his address at the Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, in January of 2016.
He stressed that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict should be resolved through peace talks, and a permanent peace deal should be reached.
The PA insists on an independent state along the pre-1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital, Abbas told the Chinese news agency.
During a meeting in March with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Xi called for peace between Israel and an independent Palestinian state to be formed “as soon as possible”.
Last year, Xi stated that his country supports the creation of a Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital, based on the pre-1967 borders.
China unilaterally annexed the country of Tibet in 1951 and suppressed a 1959-1962 Tibetan rebellion during which major monasteries were destroyed and thousands of monks executed, causing the Dalai Lama to flee the country.
As recently as July 13, the Global Conflict Tracker of the US Council on Foreign Relations wrote: On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued its ruling on a claim brought against China by the Philippines, ruling in favor of the Philippines on almost every count. While China is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which established the tribunal, it refuses to accept the court’s authority.Territorial and jurisdictional disputes in the South China Sea continue to strain relations between China and other countries in Southeast Asia, risking a military escalation.
On Facebook, Tarek Fatah lists 18 ongoing border disputes between China and neighboring countries.