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China urges support for new Israel-Palestinian peace plan

China's U.N. ambassador is urging the international community to support President Xi Jinping's new four-point proposal to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state.

Ambassador Liu Jieyi said at a news conference Monday that China's future diplomatic efforts will focus on trying to move toward a lasting and negotiated solution based on the four proposals.

Xi signaled China's stepped-up engagement in the Middle East when he met recently in Beijing with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and outlined the proposal.

The four points are:

—Advancing the two-state solution.

—Upholding "the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security" and immediately ending Israeli settlement building.

—Coordinating international efforts to put forward "peace-promoting measures" that entail joint participation."

—Promoting development and cooperation between the Palestinians and Israel.