Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Dec. 18, 2013. (Xinhua/Issam Rimawi)
RAMALLAH, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- China unswervingly supports Palestine's efforts to build an independent state, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Wednesday.
During a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Wang said the peace talks between Palestine and Israel have entered a key stage.
He called on Palestinians to stick to peace negotiations and make known their reasonable demands to gain widespread support and understanding from the international community.
For his part, Abbas said relations between Palestine and China have stood the test of time.
Palestinians are grateful for China's firm support for their just cause to restore their legitimate national rights, he said, adding that he appreciated Chinese President Xi Jinping's four-point proposal that aims to facilitate a solution to the Palestinian issue.
Palestine is committed to peace talks with Israel and will continue to carry out negotiations in a constructive way, Abbas added.
Before his meeting with Abbas, Wang visited Yasser Arafat's tomb in Ramallah to pay tribute to the former Palestinian leader.
Chinese, Palestinian FMs meet to discuss ties
RAMALLAH, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad Al-Maliki here on Wednesday to push forward bilateral ties.
Wang said this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-Palestine diplomatic relations. During Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's visit to China in May, Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward a four-point proposal for resolving the Palestinian issues and the two leaders reached important consensus on the future development of bilateral relations. Full story