BEIJING: China has warned the United States against air strikes on Syria and hinted that it would veto any such move at the Security Council.
"External military intervention contravenes the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms of international relations, and will add to the turmoil in the Middle East," said foreign minister Wang Yi on Thursday.
-In a statement published in the foreign ministry's website, Wang said, "China calls on all parties concerned to exercise restraint and calmness, adhering to the right track of political solution."
Chinese government experts suggested that the Syrian government may not have used chemical weapons as alleged by the US. They pointed at errors made by US intelligence when it said Iraq possessed nuclear weapons in 2003 before invading it, and later found there was none.
"Who used the chemical weapons in Syria isn't clear," said Li Wei, director of the Beijing-based Institute of Security and Arms Control Studies on Thursday.
The Chinese official media also drummed up support for the government's stand and suggested that the Syrian government was being wrongly targeted by the US.
"Turning Syria into another Libya or even Iraq is the last thing people around the world want to see," commented Beijing-based China Daily. "Before the crisis takes a turn for the worse, it is time the US learned from its past mistakes."
China is nothing but all bs! It's biggest market is the US, so it is in its own interest to leave the US alone! Having said this, I don't think it is in America's best interest to get too deeply involved in Syria! Let the Sunnis and the Shias fight it out. Then go deal with the clear victor.
Richard Rudolph (Portland, OR)
China is right about restraint. The USA is being exposed as a bully who only cares about furthering the profits of the controlling individuals of power in this country. Lately Russia and China are acting more like democeacies than this nation. Shame on the U.S. and a legislative group that is spineless.
Kenji Nj (India)
China and Russia should be remove from UNSC.
vishal(Location) replies to Kenji Nj
Don't be such a sour grape, it's ok , you have your white master in there to represent India...that's ok no?
“On the judgment Day (some) faces will turn white and (some) faces will turn black. As for those whose faces turn black. (to them it will be said), ‘Did you reject faith after your belief? Then taste the punishment for what you used to reject.’” (Quran 3:105) Mr.Obama.. your face turned black already. Stop interfer muslim countries. Peace
Allah's Apostle said, "You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin." Sahih Bukhari 9:89:256.. Mr.Obama even your head looks like raisin. So stop interfering in muslim countries. Peace