The spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Geng Shuang, said China would support an independent Palestine with with East Jerusalem as its capital, during a press conference in Beijing on Thursday. Regarding US President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Shuang said that China would «firmly support the Middle East peace process... Еще and dealing with the relevant issues including Jerusalem's status based on relevant resolutions by the United Nations.» An independent Palestine would be supported by China, he added, with sovereignty based on the 1967 borders. Shuang also spoke on Russia, expressing China's support for President Vladimir Putin's intention to run in the 2018 presidential elections. «We firmly support Russia's maintaining national stability as well as development and revitalization,» Shuang said. Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday during a live televised address from Washington DC and started the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv. His announcement has been met with near universal condemnation from world leaders who believe the decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital jeopardises the Middle East peace process.