UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- China said here Thursday that the just-adopted resolution by the UN General Assembly (GA), which grants an updated Palestinian UN status, "fully demonstrates the broad support of the international community for the just cause of the Palestinian people," and also means a further international recognition of the State of Palestine.
The statement came as Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, was taking the floor at the UN General Assembly after he voted in favor of a draft resolution, which "decides to accord to Palestine non-member observer State status in the United Nations."
"The GA resolution, which was just adopted to accord the non-member observer State status to Palestine, fully demonstrates the broad support of the international community for the just cause of the Palestinian people in restoring their legitimate national right," Li said.
"This is a further international recognition of the State of Palestine, and another positive development of Palestine on its road to the independent statehood."
Earlier on Thursday, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to grant an upgrade of the Palestinian status at the United Nations from "entity" to "non-member observer state," which would amount to the world body's implicit and symbolic recognition of the Palestinian statehood.
The 193 UN member states voted 138 to 9, with 41 abstentions, to support the draft resolution, which was co-sponsored by China and nearly 70 other countries.
"This is the result of long-term efforts on the part of Palestine and other Arab countries with the support of the international community," he said. "China expresses its warm congratulations to the people of Palestine."
"China has all along supported the just cause of the Palestinian people in restoring its legitimate national rights," Li said. "Gaining independent statehood is a legitimate right of Palestinian people, it is the basis and pre-requisite for the realization of the two-state solutions with the two countries standing peacefully side-by-side."
China supports an independent state of Palestine with full sovereignty over East Jerusalem as its capital on the basis of the 1967 border, he said.
"China is one of the earliest countries that have supported the national resistant movement of Palestine and recognized Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the State of Palestine," he said.
As early as in 1988, China announced its recognition of the State of Palestine and established diplomatic relations with Palestine, Li noted.
"China supports the Palestinian membership in the UN and other international organizations and expresses its understanding and respect of and support to the request of Palestine to become an observer state in the UN," he said.
The Palestinian issue has always been a core of the Middle East issue, and peace and stability in the Middle East can be realized only when the Palestinian issue is appropriately resolved, he added.
"China expresses its deep concern over the protracted stalemates of the peace talks between the two parties... China hopes that all parties resolve their disputes through political negotiations on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, the 'Land for Peace' principle, Arab peace initiatives and the roadmap for peace in the Middle East, so as to establish an independent State of Palestine with Palestine and Israel living side by side in peace," Li said.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians came to a halt in 2010 over Israel's expansion of its West Bank settlements, a move condemned by the Palestinians, the international community and the Israeli center-left wing.
The Palestinians have demanded the freeze of the settlement construction before resuming peace talks.
"Given the present situation, a re-launch of the peace talks between Palestine and Israel is all the more important and urgent," Li said.
"The international community should adopt a more active and constructive attitude in pressing for peace talks and push both parties, in particular Israel as the stronger party, to adopt effective measures to remove obstacles for peace talks, and re-establish mutual trust in order to resume negotiations at an early date and make substantive progress."
"China will continue to play an active and constructive role in pushing for a comprehensive and just settlement for the Palestinian issue," Li said.