Beijing urges caution over Trump plan for Jerusalem embassy

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 December, 2017, 5:12pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 December, 2017, 5:53pm

Beijing has warned Washington’s plan to relocate the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem will trigger an escalation of tensions.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the remarks at a daily press briefing on Wednesday, saying China was closely watching the development.

US President Donald Trump was expected to declare formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday, the White House said.

Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, plans to move US embassy there

“The question over the status of Jerusalem is complicated and sensitive,” Geng told reporters. “All parties should be cautious in order to maintain peace. All parties should avoid shaking the long-term foundations of solving the Palestinian issues, and avoid creating new divisions in the region.”

Geng said China supported the Palestinians in building an independent and fully sovereign state, taking the 1967 borders as the basis with East Jerusalem as capital.