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China voices opposition to forced "regime change" in Syria

(Xinhua)

08:29, February 01, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday voiced its firm opposition to the use of force to resolve the Syrian issue, the practice to forcefully push for the "regime change" and other actions which violate the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms guiding the international relations.

Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, made the statement as he was taking the floor at an open meeting of the UN Security Council on the current situation of Syria.

"We firmly oppose the use of force to resolve the Syrian issue, firmly oppose the practice such as pushing through the 'regime change', which violate the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms governing the international relations, " Li said.

"China has all along taken a cautious approach to sanctions," Li said. "Sanctions, which rather than help resolve the issue, often lead to further complication of the situation."

China supports a draft resolution proposed by Russia on the issue of Syria, Li said, adding that he also took note of a new draft circulated by Morocco on Friday in the Security Council.

"China is ready to act in accordance with the above principled stance, and engage in an active and constructive way in consultations and work with all the parties concerned to promote the proper settlement of the Syrian issue through political dialogue," Li said.

Arab states and Western countries are pushing for the adoption of their joint draft resolution at the Security Council to demand what they called "political transition" in Syria while a Russian- drafted text called on all the parties in Syria to put an immediate end to violence and resolve the Syrian crisis with a Syrian-led political process.

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