China throws support behind new West Bank gov't

China on Tuesday expressed support for Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' new government, the latest in international affirmation for the political body. Abbas expelled Hamas from the Palestinian Authority government last week after the Islamist group routed his forces in Gaza, leaving the chairman's more moderate Fatah movement in control of the West Bank. "We support the establishment of the national unity government," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said. "The Chinese government and the Chinese people have all along supported the just cause of the Palestinian people," he said at a regular briefing. "As long as it is in the legitimate rights and interests of Palestinian people, we will support them firmly."