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  • A boy waves the Palestinian flag in the occupied West Bank

    A boy waves the Palestinian flag in the occupied West Bank | Photo: Reuters

"This is unfair. This kind of historical injustice must be corrected. It cannot continue," Wang said.

On Thursday China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, said Palestinians must be able to build an independent state to correct a "historical injustice."

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In a press conference in Beijing with Palestine's Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Wang reiterated China’s longstanding support for an end to Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

Wang noted that 70 years after the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 181 calling for the creation of an independent Palestine alongside Israel, Palestinians are still being denied their independence.

"This is unfair. This kind of historical injustice must be corrected. It cannot continue," Wang said.

Wang further noted the urgency of restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which remain stalled in the face of Israel’s continued construction of illegal settlements and a U.S. administration seemingly hell-bent on entrenching the most extreme of Israel’s apartheid policies.

Palestine's al-Maliki said he hopes China will play a greater role in brokering a peace agreement.

"And we do encourage China to do more of this kind of approach, in order to see peace ultimately achieved in our region," he said.

While it has traditionally played a minor role in the region, last year China's President Xi Jinping committed US$7.6 million in aid to Palestine in a historic address to the Arab League.

Wang's statement came as a group of Palestinian political prisoners in Israel's Nafha prison announced they would join the upcoming mass hunger strike, led by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, scheduled for April 17, Palestinian Prisoner's Day.

In a statement released on Wednesday the prisoners — who come from several different political factions of the Palestinian independence movement — said they would unite in their demands for an end to repeated humiliations and deprivations at the hands of Israeli authorities.

"We shall gain our dignity and rights by facing the arrogance of the occupier with our empty stomachs, armed by the justness of our cause and popular support."

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