- Title: China condemns attacks on Saudi oil facilities
- Date: 17th September 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "China condemns this attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities and opposes any attacks on civilians or civilian facilities. We call on the relevant parties to avoid taking actions that escalate tensions in the region." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 1st October 2019 09:49
- Keywords: China Saudi attack Oil
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AX1NJNR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China on Tuesday (September 17) condemned an attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, in a toughening of its language from the previous day, but again without saying who it believed was behind it.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday (September 16) it looked like Iran was behind attacks on oil plants operated by Saudi Aramco on Saturday (September 14) but stressed he did not want to go to war, as the attacks sent oil prices soaring and raised fears of a new Middle East conflict.
Iran has rejected the U.S. accusations it was behind the strikes that damaged the world's biggest crude-processing plant and triggered the largest jump in crude prices in decades.
Despite being a relatively low-profile diplomatic player in the Middle East, China has close economic and energy relations with both Saudi Arabia and Iran and has long had to tread carefully in its ties with both. Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying offered different wording from Monday (September 16), when she said it was irresponsible to blame anyone for the attack without conclusive facts.
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