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FM: China's stance on Syria remains consistent, clear

(Xinhua)

08:08, February 22, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- China said Tuesday that its stance on Syria remains "consistent and clear."

"We've been closely following the developments of the situation, and we are deeply worried about the escalating crisis that has caused civilian casualties and affected peace and stability in the region," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

Hong made the remarks during a regular press briefing in response to a question about whether China has changed its stance on the Syria issue.

He urged all relevant parties to immediately launch inclusive political dialogue with no preconditions and jointly discuss a comprehensive political reform plan.

Hong said China holds the view that the international community should fully respect Syria's sovereignty, independence, unity, territorial integrity and the independent choice of the Syrian people, as well as the results of the political dialogue among various parties in Syria.

"We do not approve an armed intervention or forcing a so-called 'regime change' in Syria," the spokesman reiterated.

Hong said China supports Arab countries' calls to immediately cease violence, protect Syrian civilians, offer humanitarian aid to Syria and oppose external military intervention, adding that China hopes the issue will be resolved through political dialogue within the framework of the Arab League (AL).

"China will work together with the international community and play a positive and constructive role in appropriately resolving the issues in Syria," Hong said.

The spokesman also confirmed the receipt of an invitation for China to participate in a "Friends of Syria" meeting scheduled for next week in Tunis. He did not say whether China will attend.

"China welcomes all efforts that will be conducive to a peaceful resolution to the Syria issue," Hong said, noting that the purpose and mechanism of the "Friends of Syria" meeting requires further examination.

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Dennis South at 2012-02-2312.139.33.*
It is too late now, I suppose. I but, I wish that China had not abstained on the UN vote on Libya, which is now in big chaos.I realize that the Chinese government, wisely, seeks to continue developing its people, its culture, and its economy. As such, it wants to avoid war with the blood-thirst U.S. (my country).But, Libya is in hell now. I hope that the Chinese people will help the Libyan Jamahiriya to regain its rightful place as the rightful government of Libya and the Libyan people.As a tax-payer, I am furious with my government for its constant, violent actions against other nations. The U.S. government, and its intelligence agencies, are funding the so-called "Free Syrian Army" behind closed doors. So, it is the U.S. government that is causing hell in Syria, not the Syrian people.I ask that YOUNG Chinese people try hard to communicate with YOUNG Americans, and that both of our countrys" youths ban together to reject war.
surya,india at 2012-02-2259.161.166.*
Today in the morld our muslim brothers are feeling insecured due to attacking their countries.I am a telling real scenario in our place i have lot of friends who are muslims.They invite us to their home at the time of ramzan festival and we will invite them for the our"s festivals and we are just like relatives.I haven"t seen them before and their parents with beards and hijabs.Even though we have some fascist forces trying to devide us we continue our relations and friendship.But today situation is we are unable continue the same relationship and friendship.If America and west continue this war we will definitely loss the friendship and relationship to 20% of people in the world.
helen at 2012-02-22203.82.92.*
Consistency is imperative. No apologies needed.China will continue to pursue World peace and harmony but alas this is not subscribed nor acceptable to the United States and its own axis-of-tyranny. The World of Nations do not need the United States - the World"s worst trouble maker....
Canada at 2012-02-2270.36.49.*
Muslims will lose their honour, face years of humiliation, if the U.S., Britain & France continue their war crusade to impose their Christian values on Syria & install a puppet regime. Who has the West decided is their next puppet leader in Syria?
  

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