Vice-premier: China encourages companies to invest in Palestine

Updated: 2016-04-01 10:35

By ZHANG YUNBI in Ramallah(

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China is willing to encourage enterprises with due capacity to invest in Palestine, Vice-Premier Liu Yandong said in a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

Also, China is ready to share its "successful experience in building special economic zones and various development zones", Liu said in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday.

Hamdallah said: "We hope China plays a key role in promoting peace between Palestine and Israel", and provide further support to Palestine.

Liu was on the final stop of a trip to Egypt, Israel and Palestine from March 25 to Thursday.

As Liu and Hamdallah watched, representatives of the two governments signed an agreement to help build solar power plants in Palestine.

Wu Bingbing, a professor of Middle East studies at Peking University, said the Thursday meetings and the documents that were signed "display Beijing's renewed attention to the Palestine issue".

Strengthening cooperation is a "pragmatic choice" for improving people's livelihoods in Palestine and "will facilitate the ultimate political settlement of the issue", Wu said.