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China opposes unilateral action to change Golan Heights status: Foreign Ministry

By ZHOU JIN | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-03-26 17:46

Israeli soldiers stand on tanks near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel, May 9, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

China said on Tuesday it opposed any unilateral action to change the status of the Golan Heights and would not like to see any escalation of tensions in the region.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the remarks after the United States President Donald Trump on Monday signed a proclamation formally recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967.

The international community recognizes the Golan Heights as an occupied territory, and the United Nations Security Council has repeatedly passed resolutions demanding that Israel withdraw from the area, Geng said at a daily news conference.

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