China joined dictator Bashar al-Assad’s allies Russia and Iran in condemning the precision airstrikes by the United States, France, and Britain on Saturday, Breitbart reports.
The Security Council meanwhile rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the “aggression” by the U.S. and its allies against Syria. Only two other countries, China and Bolivia, joined Russia in supporting the resolution. Eight countries voted against it, and three abstained. A resolution needs at least nine “yes” votes to pass.
We oppose the use of force in international relations and call for respect for other countries’ sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Any unilateral military action bypassing the [United Nations] Security Council runs contrary to the purpose and principles of the UN Charter and violates the principles of international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and will further complicate the Syrian issue.
China urges the relevant parties to return to the framework of international law and resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation.
China believes that political settlement is the only viable way out for the Syrian issue. Relevant parties of the international community should continue to support the role of the UN as the main channel for mediation and make [a] relentless effort to facilitate the final settlement of the Syrian issue.
According to reports, Russian officials said that they will deploy military forces in the town of Douma, Syria. If the US strikes Syria, any US missile fired at Syria and its source would be shot down and destroyed. In response, the US said its military is ready to provide the President with military options if appropriate and at the President‘s request. A military conflict over the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria becomes more likely. What’s your comment?
A: Days ago, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged in-depth views on the tense situation in Syria with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Beijing. Recently China has been in close communication with the US, Russia and other members of the UN Security Council and countries in the region on the latest development of the situation in Syria.
China is worried about the possibility of the escalation of tension in Syria. We always stand for peaceful settlement of disputes, oppose wanton use or threat of use of force in international relations and advocate acting in accordance with the UN Charter. As we understand, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will soon send experts for investigation on the ground. We call on parties to remain calm and restrained to ease the tension as soon as possible, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Peoples Republic of China reports.
The Russian embassy in U.S. wasted no time in reacting to the strikes late Friday in the U.S., with Ambassador Anatoly Antonov saying on Twitter, “The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard.”
“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented,” the statement continued. “Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.” RWT News Report on Russian response to U.S..
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