China slams Israeli settlement practices in W. Bank and Jerusalem

Ambassador Zhai Jun
Ambassador Zhai Jun

Ambassador Zhai Jun, the special envoy of the Chinese government on the Middle East, affirmed his country's rejection of all Israeli settlement measures, especially those aimed at annexing the Jordan Valley and Judaizing the Old City of al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank.

Jun told journalists at the headquarters of the Chinese embassy in Ramallah that Israel should stop all measures that would escalate violence in the occupied Palestinian territories, including settlement expansion and its practices in Jerusalem.

Regarding US unilateral decisions, the Chinese envoy said that the US administration had adopted recently a bullying approach in international relations through assaulting international justice and acting unilaterally, causing successive blows to the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis.

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He stressed that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks on the legitimacy of settlements in the West Bank violate the international law.

He said that US officials had made many irresponsible statements regarding issues in the Middle East, which he said would not serve peace and security in the region.

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He accused the US administration of straining the situation in the Middle East through what he described as its unilateral, selfish and arrogant positions and steps, especially when it moved its embassy to Jerusalem and abandoned its obligations towards the peace process.

The Chinese official called on the US side should assume its responsibility and play a constructive and positive role in the Middle East instead of playing a negative role regarding the Palestinian question.

He  also called on the Israeli side to refrain from its actions that escalate the situation and have a detrimental impact on the peace process in the Middle East.

He affirmed the Chinese government's firm position regarding the Palestinian cause, including the internationally endorsed two-state solution, pledging to do his best to reactivate the peace process and build communication in this regard with all parties concerned.

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