China supports the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday during an Arab League convention in Cairo. The Palestinian issue “should not be marginalized,” Xi said, according to Xinhua, China’s official news agency. “We are in favor of putting in place a new mechanism to promote peace as to the Middle East question, and support efforts made by the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation toward this end,” said the leader of the world’s most populous country and its second-largest economy.

Xi declared that that Beijing “firmly supports the Middle East peace process, the establishment of a state of Palestine with full sovereignty on the basis of the 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital,” Xinhua reported. Xi also announced grants worth about $7.6 million for the Palestinians and support the solar power project in the Palestinian territories. FULL REPORT