- Title: China calls on all sides to stick to political settlements in Syria
- Date: 7th April 2017
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (APRIL 7, 2017) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING WALKING IN FOR REGULAR BRIEFING MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "You know, China is always opposed to the use of force in international relations and calls for dialogue to peacefully resolve disputes. I've said just now, we are worried about the latest development of the situation in Syria. We always stick to political settlements to resolve the Syrian issue." MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING SAYING: "China's position on chemical weapons is consistent. We oppose the use of chemical weapons by any country, any organisation or any individual under any circumstance, for any purpose. We condemn the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria and support relevant U.N. agencies conducting independent and comprehensive investigations into all cases of use or suspected use of chemical weapons to draw a conclusion that stands the test of history and facts with solid evidence." BRIEFING IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 21st April 2017 09:49
- Keywords: China Syria foreign ministry dialogue chemical weapons
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016BEH3YF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:China on Friday (April 7) urged all parties in Syria to try to find a political settlement in the six-year-old war after a U.S. military strike on a Syrian airfield, which came as China's president met with U.S. President Donald Trump.
U.S. officials said the military launched dozens of cruise missile strikes against an airbase controlled by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's forces in response to the chemical attack on Tuesday in a rebel-held area.
Facing his biggest foreign policy crisis since taking office in January, Trump took the toughest direct U.S. action yet in Syria's civil war, raising the risk of confrontation with Russia and Iran, Assad's two main military backers.
China has routinely sided with Russia in blocking action by the U.N. Security Council on Syria, and Beijing's special envoy for the Syrian crisis has praised Russia's military role there as effective in combating international terrorism.
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