BEIJING, May 19 -- Visiting Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas received the pledge from Chinese leaders to provide economic aid
health care and housing by the signing of five bilateral agreements yesterday in
Abbas, on his first three-day state
visit to China since taking over from the late Yasser Araft in January, held
talks yesterday with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and State Councilor
|President Hu Jintao poses for photography
with visiting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing on May 18, 2005.
President Hu said the Chinese Government and its
people supports the "just cause" of Palestinians, saying the way to establish an
independent Palestinian state is to conduct political negotiations on UN
resolutions, and resume the Road Map peace plan.
He said China would continue to join hands with the
international community to realize full and long-lasting peace.
Abbas voiced his appreciation for China's support for
his people in their "struggle for freedom" at both political and economic level.
He said the two countries should further strengthen
the contacts of high-level officials, enhance political dialogue and expand
co-operation in various fields.
He said though the implementation of the Road Map
peace imitative in the Middle East still faces many obstacles, Palestine is
fully ready to continue with peaceful negotiations to establish an independent
state "peacefully co-existing with Israel."
Yin Gang, an expert on Middle East issues, said to
realize the interests of Palestinians through peaceful means has always been
He said to build an independent state, Palestine
needs practical financial assistance from the international community.
Abbas also visited the Beijing urban planning centre
earlier yesterday. Yin said "the tour showed Abbas's desire and preparation to
build and design his city rather than fight with Israel."
Premier Wen Jiabao told the Palestinian visitor the
two countries should expand human resources development and training, adding
China is willing to help Palestine nurture even more professionals.
Abbas said in an interview prior to his arrival that
he hoped China could contribute more to settling Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
In recent years, China has sent its special envoy
Wang Shijie to the Middle East several times in an effort to move forward the
Abbas will jet out to Pakistan today. His Chinese
visit is part of an Asia tour that also includes Japan, India. As Palestinians
prepare for July elections, their leader earlier told reporters he could
contemplate a role for the radical Islamist movement Hamas in a future
Palestinian cabinet, depending on the support it would get from voters.
(Source: China Daily)