BEIJING - China said on Tuesday it supports the Palestinian bid for UN observer status, with a vote on the matter at the United Nations later this month.
China has traditionally had close relations with the Palestinians, but in recent years also has had good ties with Israel, especially in the field of defense.
"China understands, respects and supports the Palestinians' request to enter the United Nations," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily briefing.
"China always supports the Palestinian people's just cause of recovering their national and legitimate rights and interests, and will always hold that independent statehood is the lawful right of Palestinian people, and also the basis for a two-state solution."
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