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  9/20/2011, Elul 21, 5771

China Expresses Support for PA Membership at the UN

China's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it understood and supported the aspirations of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority to seek full United Nations membership, but stopped short of saying how it would vote on the matter.

China "believes that establishing a state is a legal right the Palestinian people cannot be denied and is the basis and precondition for peaceful coexistence between Palestine and Israel", ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

"As for the matter of the Palestinians independently establishing a state and applying to the United Nations, we express understanding, respect and support," he told a regular news briefing.

"At the same time, we believe that the international community should also step up efforts to ensure an early return to talks between the Palestinians and Israel."