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China's vote against Syria resolution shows responsibility: expert


13:34, February 19, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's "No" vote on a proposed Syria resolution at the UN General Assembly shows it can assume greater responsibility in international affairs, an expert says.

It (casting a "No" vote) conforms to China's foreign policy of maintaining world peace and stability and principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states, Moustapha Saphariny, director of the Arab Information Center, told Xinhua on Saturday.

The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution supporting political transition in Syria, which has been plagued by 11 months of violent protests against the government and calls for the appointment of a UN special envoy to the Middle East country.

China voted against the resolution, saying it opposes armed intervention or forcing a so-called "regime change" in Syria.

The resolution was similar to a draft vetoed in the UN Security Council on Feb. 4 by Russia and China, two permanent members of the 15-nation body. The killed draft asked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to his deputy.

Saphariny said China shows no partiality to either side on the Syria issue and has been playing a positive, concrete and constructive role in solving the crisis.

China has asked the Syrian government to respond to its people's reasonable needs and begin a national dialogue and start a "tolerant" political process that includes an end to the violence, he said.

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Ceding their sovereignty & becoming a colony of the U.S., Britain & France is not in the interests of the Syrian people. By vetoing UN resolutions China & Russia allow Syrians to be masters of their own country & destiny. Western imperialist wars have turned Iraq, Afghanistan & Libya into disaster zones, causing enormous human suffering & loss of life.

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