Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang (Photo source: fmprc.gov.cn)
China on Wednesday said that the status of Jerusalem is sensitive and complicated, and urged all parties concerned to exercise caution for peace and tranquility in the Middle East.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks when asked to comment on U.S. intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
A senior U.S. administration official said President Donald Trump is expected to announce that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there.
"We pay close attention to the developments of the situation and are concerned about the possible intensification of regional conflicts," Geng told a routine press briefing.
He said all parties concerned should exercise caution and avoid rocking the basis for the settlement of the Palestinian issue, which may trigger new regional confrontation.
China firmly supports the Middle East peace process and the just cause of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate rights and interests, said Geng.
He said China supports the establishment of a Palestinian state with full sovereignty and independence on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
China calls on all parties concerned to abide by relevant UN resolutions and commit themselves to resolving differences through negotiations and promoting regional peace and stability, said Geng.