Denmark's Queen Margrethe II (R) and China's President Xi Jinping attend a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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China's foreign ministry welcomed on Thursday a unity pact agreed between the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organisation, saying Beijing hoped this would help peace talks with Israel.Following the Palestinian announcement, Israel cancelled a session of U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians that had been scheduled for Wednesday night in Jerusalem.Hamas has battled Israel, which it refuses to recognise, while Abbas' Fatah party has remained in control of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank and pursued years of fruitless talks with Israel.
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