Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began a three-day official visit to China Monday, where he is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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Discussions on Israeli violations of Palestinian territory and developments in the wider Middle East are among the agenda items scheduled for Abbas' talks with Xi.
Abbas has also noted that he will take up Xi's four-point proposal for peace talks with the Israelis, which focus on an independent Palestinian state, negotiations as the pathway to peace, the so-called “land for peace" principle, and guarantees from the international community in regards to the peace process.
Upon landing in Beijing, the Palestinian top official accompanied by Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki met Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Wang Yi and several other Chinese representatives.
In an interview with China's Xinhua news agency, al-Maliki effusively noted the Palestinian “message of friendship and gratitude to the Chinese position in support of the Palestinian cause over the years."
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"We look at the Palestinian-Chinese relation as a special one and we consider it developing over the past years,” he said. “We appreciate this relation and we thank China for all that it has provided to Palestine over the long years."
In April, Wang met with al-Maliki and reiterated China's longstanding support for an end to Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
Wang noted that 70 years after the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 181 calling for the creation of an independent Palestine alongside Israel, Palestinians are still being denied their independence.
"This is unfair. This kind of historical injustice must be corrected. It cannot continue," Wang added.