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China's actions in Libya show diplomatic maturity

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

16:27, September 14, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The Libyan situation has captured the attention of all countries, and the nation has become a diplomatic arena for major powers. A country's strategy in Libya can fully reveal its diplomatic concepts, interest orientation and behavioral styles.

The Chinese government focused on the Libyan people's fundamental interest and the regional peace and stability in the wake of Libya's political unrest. It made contact with both the Qaddafi regime and rebels to alleviate war conflicts and kept communication and coordination with the international community to promote peace talks.

China's reaction is really worth noting. Recently, the Libyan situation has experienced a significant turn as the National Transition Council took control over most of the nation. China therefore has adjusted its policy to Libya in a timely fashion. On Sept. 12, the Chinese government announced that it officially recognized the National Transition Council as Libya's government and the sole representative of the Libyan people. The policy adjustment conforms to China's diplomatic principles and is based on the judgment of Libya’s political changes. It also gives consideration to the interests and wishes of the Libyan people and demonstrates China’s mature and robust diplomacy.

China's recognition of the NTC reflects the country's diplomatic objective of promoting regional and world peace and harmony. China respects the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries, adheres to the principle of non-interference in others' internal affairs, advocates peaceful means rather than wars for resolving conflict and disputes and opposes the bullying of major powers. This is why China took a cautious attitude toward the two U.N. Security Council resolutions related to Libya as well as toward recognition of the Libyan rebels.

Muammar Qaddafi has lost support both at home and abroad, while the NTC is increasingly gaining the support of the Libyan people and the international community and has become the de facto ruling body of the country. "Government agencies should serve the people, who are the foundation of a nation," an ancient Chinese philosopher said. The friendly, cooperative relations between China and Libya are based on the friendship between the people of the two countries and serve the interests of both sides. Despite the regime change, the two countries should continue to carry out friendly cooperation and conduct multi-level exchanges so as to maintain their positive relations.

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Tan at 2011-10-30202.156.10.*
China have committed the biggest mistake.
stentor at 2011-09-2197.81.29.*
What a load of Chinese BS. Libyans, except for a few of the little self-serving toadies devoted to Gaddafi (same as their stupid Chinese nationalist counterparts), are pleased to see Gaddafi gone. And they know China was not on their side.
McCarthy at 2011-09-16206.125.74.*
The duty of the United Nations should be to bring to justice those NATO country leaders who are responsible for the wanton disregard for international law and the by laws of the United Nations. Namely, Cameron, Sarkozy and Obama. In the Libya case the United Nations has proved itself once again to be a useless and puppet organization for the major powers on the security council to manipulate at their will! As this article states the internal affairs of other nations are thier business not NATO's. Every act of imperialist appeasment by both China and Russia is leading the world to a major war. The people of Libya are not embracing the NTC they are afraid of the NATO bombing and possible invasion of thier country by foriegn forces. This is not peace but a brutal imperialist act by the thugs of NATO. China is on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of Marxism/Lenninism.
Chris at 2011-09-15149.254.182.*
China has done the right thing in recognising the NTC as the legitimate government in Libya, but finds itself in a difficult position, as it does not wish to send the signal to those back home that rebellion is justifiable in any circumstance. To those who claim that the NATO operation there was an act of war "against Libya", I advise them to look at the scenes in Benghazi today, as crowds of cheering Libyans who swamp Sarkozy and Cameron.
Galen at 2011-09-1524.21.205.*
I think China, and Russia too, played an outrageously opportunistic game in Libya. China should have VETOED the UN resolution. Clearly, this would have been in the interests of the Libyan people. Instead, NATO used the resolution as a pretext to wage war on Libya. Now China claims it is for peaceful resolution of disputes, when it is responsible for enabling the NATO war against Libya in which up to 50,000 people may have died.
  

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