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China backs Palestinian UN bid

2011-09-26 21:50

New York - China on Monday highlighted its support for the Palestinian bid for full membership of the United Nations but called for "prudent" international action on Syria.

China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said his country would back Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in any Security Council vote on membership, which the United States has vowed to veto.

"China consistently supports the just cause of establishing an independent Palestinian state and supports Palestine's membership in the United Nations," Yang told the UN General Assembly in a speech.

He said China backed "political negotiation" to achieve the two state solution between the Palestinians and Israelis.

Yang also called for progress in talks between Israel and Syria and Lebanon to reach a "comprehensive, just and durable peace in the Middle East".

He highlighted China's concern about Syria, however. Western nations are pressing for UN sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad and China has threatened to veto any move at the UN Security Council.

The international community should "handle the Syrian issue in a prudent way so as to prevent further turbulence in Syria and its repercussions on regional peace", Yang said.

In a marked call to Assad's forces and the opposition demonstrators, Yang said "we hope that parties in Syria will exercise restraint, avoid any form of violence or more bloodshed and conflict, and act quickly to ease tension".

China has joined Russia in leading opposition to UN sanctions against the Assad government in Syria, where the United Nations says that more than 2 700 people have been killed since March.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to back strong UN action on Syria when she met with Yang Jiechi just before his speech, a senior US official said.

Comments
  • Monacoroyals - 2011-09-26 23:04

    United States veto means that anyone could vote yes and make America look bad. the US should never advertise the use of their veto before a UN vote. truth is the Palestinian UN bid is a bad idea for without negotiations about peace, all it is, is a declaration of war. If the US wouldnt have advertised their veto - most would have voted against it. now... China looks good (fashionable) & gets the outcome they want - no Palestinian state without peace first.

      Zee - 2011-09-27 10:18

      They tried negotiating, but Israel refused to halt settlement construction, one of the key areas in the agreed roadmap drawn up by the US themselves. No country should hold a veto - majority should rule at the UN. It is clear as daylight that the majority of the world is for statehood, but Israel's big brother the US will never let that happen, as it wants to keep the ME as destabilised as possible. Pathetic really.

      mecan - 2011-09-27 10:33

      zee settlement construction was frozen for 10 months... the Palestinian Authority still refused to talk. Settlement construction has nothing to do with the negotiation, it has never featured before (20years – why the pathetic excuse now?) - Fact is the PA/Hamas don’t want to negotiate. The Palestinian leadership does not want peace.

      Zee - 2011-09-27 11:43

      @mecan - no, the Israeli leadership does not want peace. There was an agreed plan, and conditions, which Israel once again has defied. They don't want to live side by side with another state. They want Israel as the Jewish state and nothing else. They agreed to a two-state solution to appease their international partners and critics, but within the Israeli government there is a goal of a one-state solution only. People are finally starting to see the Israeli government's true intentions.

  • Adam - 2011-09-26 23:33

    let them get statehood, then let them get the suprise of their lives when they fire rockets into israel as a sovereign nation. and yes they are stupid enough to do that.

      TheWally - 2011-09-27 10:46

      you mean these rockets as advertised on Israeli TV by their government? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF3-YqZkoMs

  • slg - 2011-09-27 03:17

    And yet China won't allow the world to even meet with the Dalai Lama. Something's gotta give. Their ideas just don't gel at the moment.

  • negro.please - 2011-09-27 06:00

    I suddenly feel a new-found admiration for the Chinese, standing on the side of justice. Take note America, this is how a true superpower should behave.

      mecan - 2011-09-27 10:36

      Tell that to the Dalai Lama negro. Ever1 has their own agenda... you are a hypocrite

      negro.please - 2011-09-27 10:46

      mecan; Well put, but I have not kept it a secret on this forum that my affiliation lies with the Palestinian people. The US also has their own agenda in supporting Israel, so who has the moral high ground here? My reason for pointing out this is to expose the flawed viewpoint that America is always on the side of the righteous and everyone else is anti-this and anti-that. Did you miss sarcasm 101 in English class? If English is not your language of choice, I apologise seeing that some things do not translate literally into other languages.

  • JULIUS - 2011-09-27 10:48

    WHY IS ALL AMEROCAN LEADERS AFRAID OF ISREAL ARE THEY GIVING MONIES OR WHAT BECAUSE THEY HANE BEEN GEETING AWAY WITH EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG THE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD SHOULD STAND UP AGAIST AMERICAS DECISIONSA WERE THE JEWS ARE CONCERN THEY GET AWAY WITH MURDER AND INNOCENT PEOPLE GET BLAMED WHAT TYPE OF LEADERS DO AMERICA HAVE

      negro.please - 2011-09-27 11:10

      Well, Julius, if you take into consideration that the Zionists have a disproportionately high representation in Economics, Politics, Entertainment, etc. and that they can determine, by pumping money in, who gets to run the country, then you'll see that the people in the front are mere puppets. Zionists (Jews if that's what you want to call them) are the masters of deception. The list of blue collar thieves is littered with them, as is the list of richest people in the world. An example, the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Besides stealing the concept from another group of students (as is the Jewish thing to do), he's also been selling users' personal data to the US government. All whilst the people are flocking to join his *free* social network. So, it's a symbiotic relationship between the politicians and the disproportionately powerful Zionists. For more information on the influence they exert on the American public, you might want to read up on AIPAC.

      Messenger - 2011-09-27 11:33

      "as is the Jewish thing to do" Negro, don't make me start on Muslims ...

      negro.please - 2011-09-27 11:40

      Messenger; That's what this forum is for, start away :) Besides, I'm just answering a question that Julius asked, with my own personal slant, which is what you're entitled to do, and take so much pride in doing. So do you have an answer for Julius or not? PS: I've also come up with some new evidence showing why Israel is not the chosen people you so hope they are, but I'm waiting for a Bible quotation to get me started :)

      Messenger - 2011-09-27 13:10

      Nah, I'd rather we stop the mud-slinging now. I would like to know what that evidence is, so you're welcome to go ahead. Bible quotations are not appreciated on these forums.

      GLY - 2011-09-27 13:22

      @negro. have a look at the list of the Israeli nobel prize winners and compare that to the Palestinians! Please tell of you new evidence?

      negro.please - 2011-09-27 13:24

      Allow me, Messenger, to provide you with Exhibit A: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Israel and Exhibit B: http://www.gaytlvguide.com/component/content/article/12-fp-articles/17-gay-pride-parade-tel-aviv-2011-june-10 God does not like homosexuals, as you would no doubt agree, being the staunch Christian that you are. So why are the chosen people of Israel desecrating the holy land like this with your support, and backed by Bible verses from you? You might argue in turn that there are gay Palestinians too, but my counter argument would be, is your criteria then determined by which side has the cuter guys? Please my Christian brother, get on the side of justice. We need your support to ensure that the correct side prevails.

      negro.please - 2011-09-27 13:29

      GLY: It's kind of difficult to concentrate on Nobel Prizes when you've been given sub-human status by your overlords. If the Israelis were living under so much threat, would they have had the opportunity to make such leaps and bounds? Which leads me to question if there is a threat at all.

      negro.please - 2011-09-27 13:35

      Messenger; Your book is indeed noble and I would side with you against an atheist any day, but please open your eyes and see, this is a political problem, not a religious one.

      Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-27 13:39

      There's a place in the kingdom of heaven for all kinds of sinner. Homosexuals too. God loves all people. He calls them to reconcile with him through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

      negro.please - 2011-09-27 13:44

      Well Pieter, when I asked Messenger, et al. about this: http://www.deogloria.co.za/ they insisted these are heathens and blasphemers, and now you say they are going to heaven, so either you or they are wrong. Have you both ever considered that God's word is not up for debate?

      Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-27 13:52

      Negro, everything is up for debate. I checked out that website and uhm, not really impressed. God does not care for sin. He does care for humans and the universe and all of creation. God does not care what you did or where you came from or what you say or think. He only wants to reconcile himself with his creation. He did that already through the sacrifice of Jesus. That's about it. God loves homosexuals, rapists, liars, thieves, HIV infected, murderers, whores, wash-outs, gangsters you name it. He does not take well to religious types and self-righteous persons. Those who think they can because they are rich or clever. God resists the proud but gives mercy to the meek. That is the Gospel, also called the Good News. I would say 'those guys' are wrong then :-)

      Messenger - 2011-09-27 13:54

      That's why I say that Israel is not above criticism. I am not blind to their wrongdoings. However, I simply cannot support a cause that is based on a lie, fabricated with the intention to destroy Israel and kill the Jews. Christians are not supposed to support any hate campaigns. It is as simple as that.

      negro.please - 2011-09-27 14:02

      Pieter, there's an article on this website "Catholics 'cannot accept gay marriage'" that has been a hotspot for debate regarding your point. You can go and view it and tell me what God really thinks after also viewing the comments made by hard-line and liberal Christians on there. The story involving Sodom and Gomorrah shows God's attitude to homosexuals! If you say that everything is up for debate, why then do you as Christian not even debate the existence of God himself?

      negro.please - 2011-09-27 14:07

      Messenger; Will you then choose to listen to this man if you have not made your decision yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4ZfnpN4Dfc I'm breaking my vow not to post youtube videos here, but if it will make Messenger understand....

  • Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-27 13:25

    So let me get this right, Palestine must be made into a state and part of the UN while at the same time the Palestinians don't recognize Israel as a legitimate and independant state? Hmm... sounds like a raw deal to me. Now the Palestinians will have 'real' legitimacy to fire rockets into Isreal? Sounds like the moral high ground the ANC claims when reminiscing about apartheid. how convenient. How politically correct. Islam is a false religion headed by Satan, the father of all lies. Israel is what it is because of God's promises to them and yes, the Jews are the most blessed nation or race on earth because of them being God's chosen ones. Fact. Period. You can hate them or kill them, won't make a difference to the truth. The history of mankind will stand and fall by the Jews. Jesus Christ was a Jew. Thank God for that. The whole West and it's wealth came about by the sacrifice on Golgotha. Those who hate religion only hate themselves for falsely trusting in their own wisdom. God wants us to admit we are sinners and turn to Him. Every knee shall bow to the name of Jesus Christ. May God save the Jews. Arabs fight for a lost cause.

  • j4truth - 2011-09-27 13:28

    All Liars, Hypocrites, Hitlerites are joining forces and backing the biggest lie of the century! THEY WILL ALL BE SLAIN BY GOD AT ARMAGEDDON!!!! The whole of Israel belongs to the Jews - VIVA ISRAEL

      negro.please - 2011-09-27 13:36

      Ok, if you say so...

  • Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-27 14:24

    The whole debate wether God exists or not is null and void to me. I already believe, so my point will always be biased towards that reality. God is real to me, you can argue because I invent Him or whatever. There are objective truths that point me to God, not only subjective experiences. Ultimately we will have to choose what we believe or not. I can only witness what I have seen and heard and experienced as a believer. God revealed himself fully in his Son Jesus, to the world. That is the unique and true revelation of God. We know God through many other things also. The problem of sin has been dealt with. To single out homosexuals or adulterers or drunkards thinking they won't go to heaven after they have accepted Christ is incorrect. We cannot save ourselves by our own works. We can try to stop sinning, but if we do Christ will forgive us. He already paid full price admittance into heaven for all of us. It is God's will for all to be saved and reconciled with Him. But let's rather talk about Israel. Those Jews certainly stir up the emotions don't they?

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