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Giant Palestinian flag being displayed outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, September 12, 2011. Photo by Reuters
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China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Monday said his government supports an independent Palestinian state, which should be the outcome of negotiations with Israel on the two-state solution.

Yang reaffirmed Beijing's support to grant membership to the Palestinian people in the United Nations.

"We support efforts to achieve the two-state solution through political negotiations so as to establish, on the basis of the 1967 borders, an independent Palestinian state that enjoys full sovereignty with East Jerusalem as its capital," Yang said in an address to the UN General Assembly.

He called for Syria and Israel, and for Lebanon and Israel, to hold talks to settle their disputes.

The comment by the top Chinese official came days after the Palestinian Authority officially submitted its UN bid for statehood in both the UN General Assembly and the Security Council.

American officials have been adamant in their opposition to the Palestinian gambit, saying that the bid was a unilateral move that goes against resuming stalled peace talks with Israel.

Following the Palestinian bid, the Quartet on the Middle East released a statement calling both sides to resume peace talks within a defined time frame, as a way to circumvent a unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.