China asserts impartial position on Syria
Syria: China has been watching closely the situation in Syria
and calls all the sides in the conflict for stopping violence as soon as
possible and beginning an overwhelming political dialogue.”
China asserts that it maintains an unbiased position on the unrest in
Syria and is trying to resolve the issue through dialog with all the
“China takes a responsible and impartial position on the Syrian
issue,” Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhai Jun said after a meeting
with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian capital Damascus on
Zhai is on an official visit to Syria for talks with the government
officials and the Syrian opposition in order to find a solution to the
ongoing unrest in the Middle Eastern country.
“China’s government supports dialog with the Syrian government,
Syrian opposition and the LAS [Arab League States] and together with the
international community plays an active and constructive role in the
settlement of the Syrian crisis,” he added.
Beijing has called for an immediate halt to violence in Syria and
urged the conflicting sides to start talks aimed at achievement of a
“China has been closely watching the situation in Syria and calls on
all the sides of the conflict to stop violence as soon as possible and
begin a far-reaching political dialogue,” the Chinese official noted.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011.
The violence has claimed the lives of hundreds, reportedly including
over 2,000 security forces.
Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups’ for
the unrest, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
The West and the Syrian opposition, however, accuse the government of
killing protesters. On Thursday, Beijing voted against an Arab
League-drafted anti-Syria resolution at the UN General Assembly, which
condemned Damascus, over, what it called, the government's crackdown on
Earlier in February, China and Russia vetoed a UN Security Council
draft resolution on the country, which called on Assad to resign and
hand over power to opposition leaders.
The two countries had also vetoed a similar resolution against Syria