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China will support Palestine’s bid to become a non-member observer state at the United Nations, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei announced on Thursday.
Hong told a daily press briefing that China supports the Palestinian people’s efforts to establish an independent state of Palestine that enjoys full sovereignty, with East Jerusalem as its capital and based on the 1967 border.
“We understand, respect and support Palestine’s bid as a UN observer state,” he said.
The UN General Assembly will vote Thursday afternoon in New York on a resolution raising Palestine’s status at the United Nations from an observer to a non-member observer state.
It is the Palestinians’ legitimate right to establish an independent country, said Hong, adding that this is the basis of the two-state solution.
Britain and France are also expected to support the Palestinian bid.
A resolution to change the Palestinian Authority’s UN observer status from “entity” to “non-member state,” like the Vatican, is expected to pass easily in the 193-nation general assembly. Israel, the US and a handful of other members plan to vote against what they see as a largely symbolic and counterproductive move by the Palestinians.