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China hoping to play active role in Libya's future


08:16, August 25, 2011

CHINA has urged a "stable transition of power" in Libya and said it hopes to further promote economic and trade cooperation with the country.

China "respects the choice of the Libyan people and hopes for a stable transition of power," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said yesterday.

"We have always attached significance to the important role of the National Transitional Council in solving Libya's problems, and maintain contact with it," Ma said, referring to the main Libyan rebel group.

"We hope that the future new government will adopt effective measures, draw together the forces of different factions, and restore social order as quickly as possible," said Ma.

Shen Danyang, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, told a news conference in Beijing: "We hope to play an active role in rebuilding Libya in the future, together with the international community."

The United Nations should now lead post-war efforts in Libya, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a phone call on Tuesday, adding that Beijing was willing to help rebuild the north African country.

Yang suggested China wants bodies such as the UN, rather than Western governments alone, to coordinate international involvement in post-war Libya.

"The United Nations should play a leading role in post-war arrangements for Libya, and China encourages the UN to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the African Union and Arab League," Yang said.

China is "willing to work alongside the United Nations to promote a rapid stabilisation in Libya and a swift course towards reconciliation and reconstruction," said Yang.

On Tuesday, China urged Libya to protect Chinese investments and said their oil trade benefited both countries, after a Libyan rebel warned that Chinese oil companies could lose out after the ousting of Gadhafi because China did not offer enough support to the rebels.

China has yet to formally recognise the rebel forces as Libya's new leaders.


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Canada at 2011-08-2570.36.49.*
This story appeared on The Guardian website. The Guardian supported the Liberal Democrats in a coalition with Cameron"s Conservatives.South Africa defends its refusal to unfreeze Libyan assets.The South African government has defended its refusal to unfreeze $1.5bn of Libyan assets and recognise Libya"s rebel authority, despite growing criticism at home and around the world.The US proposed a draft resolution to the UN security council on Wednesday to release Libyan assets – frozen by the UN to starve Muammar Gaddafi of resources – for the benefit of the National Transitional Council.South Africa says it will approve $500m of the package for urgent humanitarian assistance, but it opposes the release of the remaining funds because the National Transitional Council has not been recognised by the UN itself.A cabinet spokesman, Jimmy Manyi, said: "The South African government will always approach this matter in concert with the African Union and in the spirit of multilateralism. The government of South Africa condemns any form of violence and the doctrine of imposed regime change."South Africa voted in favour of UN security council resolution 1973 to protect civilians in Libya, but the move proved fiercely divisive at home. Government ministers say they regretted the move when they saw Nato"s military intervention go beyond a no-fly zone. Commentators have described this as naive.The South African president, Jacob Zuma, has argued that the Libyan crisis is the latest example of Africa being shown a lack of respect by the rest of the world."Those who have the power to bomb other countries have undermined the AU"s [African Union"s] efforts and initiatives to handle the situation in Libya," the president said this week."The situation in Libya has been of concern as it has been accompanied by the undermining of the African continent"s role in finding a solution. We could have avoided a lot of loss of life in Libya."Zuma said powerful nations had abused the UN security council resolution "to further interests other than to protect civilians and assist the Libyan people".An AU peace and security council meeting in Addis Ababa on Thursday and Friday will deliberate on the "unfolding situation" in Libya, Zuma added. "The AU position has been the most logical one. It still has room in the situation right now."
ralk at 2011-08-2569.170.115.*
Just as long as China gets the Lybian oil then they will be nice to the rag [email protected] zheng...what in the hell are you talking about you knucklehead! ask for compensation for what? China has done nothing for anyone and you think they should be paid for something...what are you an idiot? China deserves and get"s nothing!
Harold at 2011-08-2570.71.106.*
Chen, no one is responsible. It was civil war. Did the CPC or Kuomintang compensate businesses that lost out during world war II?Fact is, China did not help the rebels and now they will lose out to NATO, EU and US.
Chen Zheng at 2011-08-2560.53.3.*
Whoever is in charge of the country, they should respect and be responsible for the damaged done to Chinese business interest in Libya. If the new Government is uncooperative, China should ask for compensations. If the Libyan Govt can't pay, them Nato should. We must hold the party that initiate all these destruction responsible.
McCarthy at 2011-08-25206.125.67.*
"The choice of the Libyan people"?? This was not the choice of the Libyan people it was the choice of NATO and thier corporate masters aided and abetted by China and Russia!! Now China wants to cash in on thier decision to sit on the side lines and go with the winner at the expense of how many lives??

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