China: Golan is an occupied territory with approval of international community

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China on Tuesday expressed its hope that there will be no escalation of tensions in the Middle East, stressing at the same time that the Golan Heights are occupied territory with the approval of the international community.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Jiang Shuang said during a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday that President Donald Trump signed a declaration recognizing the “sovereignty of Israel” on the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in 1967.

The international community has recognized that the Golan Heights are occupied land and that the UN Security Council has adopted several resolutions calling on Israel to withdraw from them, he said, expressing his country’s hope that there would be no escalation of tensions in the Middle East.

China on Friday urged all concerned parties to settle the territorial dispute on the Golan Heights in accordance with the relevant UN conventions. The Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed that the issue of the occupied Arab territories, including the Golan Heights, is clear in Security Council resolutions 242 and 338.

China stressed that it will always support the parties concerned in the proper settlement of disputes through negotiation in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and the norms of international law to achieve a comprehensive, just and long-term peace in the Middle East.