China still opposed to Syria intervention

2012-05-30 10:59

Beijing - China on Wednesday reiterated its opposition to military intervention or regime change in Syria, and called again for all sides to support mediation efforts by peace envoy Kofi Annan.

The killings in the Syrian village of Houla, some of which the UN peacekeeping chief on Tuesday said bore the hallmarks of pro-government militias, have increased pressure on Western governments to intervene.

"China opposes military intervention and does not support forced regime change," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin told a daily news briefing. "The fundamental route to resolving [the crisis] is still for all sides to fully support Annan's mediation efforts."

Liu also stopped short of saying whether China would expel Syrian diplomats, after many Western governments expelled their top Syrian envoys in protest against the killing of civilians in Syria.

"I have not heard that there has been any impact on the Syrian embassy in China," he said.

Western and Arab governments opposed to Syrian President al-Assad put the blame for the deaths squarely on his government, but Damascus has rejected the charge. The massacre was among the worst carnage of the 14-month uprising against Assad's government.

High risk

Military intervention cannot be ruled out if it is backed by the UN Security Council, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.

Beijing and Moscow have both vetoed two Security Council resolutions calling for tougher action against Damascus, while stressing hopes for a political solution brokered by Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General.

Any military intervention in Syria needs to be discussed thoroughly as it would carry high risk, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr said on Wednesday after expelling two Syrian diplomats a day earlier.

"To arm the Syrian opposition involves real difficulties. Members of the Assad government will interpret this as a licence to slaughter even more vigorously than they've been doing to their political opponents," Carr told reporters.


  • Jean - 2012-05-30 11:24

    And this is the country that SA wants to do business with... SA is very selective on oppressed countries. the west is much more morally correct than countries like BRIC.

      Fidel - 2012-05-30 12:48

      Hahaha, morally correct?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-30 15:57

      Fidel, your human rights beacons are Putin's Russia that is arming Assad, and the Chinese regime which has the worst human rights record of any country on Earth. You continue to be a bellwether for wrong thinking.

      Moeketsi - 2012-05-30 22:19

      the west is very hypocritical, they play this good samaritans when they have vesteb interes SA is right not to get itself drawn into the agenda of cowboys and crooks, we learn through Libya what it means to support a western driven agenda.Palistine is still occupied today, where are the so called morally principled liberators of the oppressed.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-30 22:43

      Moeketsi, unfortunately you're not looking in the right places and blinding yourself with false beliefs.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-30 22:46

      Israel was created from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, most of which was the Negev Desert, and Palestine from 43%. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. The Palestinians with their unelected, oppressive neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice, with full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you call the occupied territories. There have been almost daily attacks by the Palestinians, incited by their self-serving, oppressive backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Think about this. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward because the unelected, oppressive dictators are being deposed one by one. They will no longer use the Palestininans for their own political reasons.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-30 22:49

      In Libya the international community succeeded in saving the lives of tens of thousands of civilians who the unelected, oppressive dictator Moamar Gaddafi was killing, detaining, torturing and raping in his attempt to hold onto unelected power. All they wanted to do was vote, which they now can. Why should you have this right, and they not? Gaddafi was not allowing them to vote. Do you understand?

  • Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-30 12:01

    The cANCer can make noise about a useless toti. But say nothing when many children die!!

  • Fidel - 2012-05-30 12:53

    Well done China on preventing another "No-Fly Zone" resolution turned into a "Bombing-zone" resolution. Mr vetoe can go jump into the sea!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-30 13:01

      Fidel, Your China is not bothered by little issues like 110 murdered in a massacre, or that 13 000 have now been murdered, all to keep a murderous, evil, violent family in power !! It is too busy securing African minerals, ONLY ON THEIR TERMS, and destroying African jobs in the process !!!

      Jean - 2012-05-30 13:03

      Well done china, you're just allowing another 9000 people to be killed.

      Fidel - 2012-05-30 13:29

      @Anthony And you think that your western masters are concerned with the lives of ordinary Syrians. Western powers have their own geopolitical agendas in the ME, and that is complete hegemony and domination of the region through proxies and puppet governments. Your other bluster doesn't deserve a response.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-05-30 14:04

      @Fidel - to you I'm sure any country that has good/amicable relations with the 'west' is a puppet or proxie. If you cannot recognise the inherent folly in this outlook then you are deluded . Only children think in black and white terms , your bigatory must have led you into this romance with conspiracy and a bizzarre moral and ideaological cognative dissonance which even obvious logic cannot unhinge.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-30 14:20

      Fidel, ""Western powers have their own geopolitical agendas in the ME"" This might be true to a point, but if you believe that the populations of countries in Western Europe are not demanding that their respective governments , to take action against this EVIL assad family, than not only are you blind to reality, but you understand less of international politics than I thought. And remember, most European governments can be fired, within hours, and, no, not only for economic reasons !! Ohhhh, and in case you missed it; There are just in SA , 200 000 Tupperware sales people. Now, China comes in with some cheap imitation crap....... And where can you buy this 'FAKE' stuff; in a Chinese store, owned and run by Chinese.!!!!!! Ask the African craftmen who sold their goods at Bruma Flea Market for the last 35 years !! that was until China "invested" in the ground where Bruma as situated, to make space for a ..................Chinese shopping complex, owned and run by Chinese !!!!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-05-30 14:21

      In future, debate what I say and not what you want to refute. Thinking in black and white terms seems to be the choice of pro western government supporters who think that the West=Good and the emerging powers=Bad. I on the other hand know that both sides are only motivated by their own interests, nothing to do with democracy and human rights as your masters will have many of you believe. It is about the balance of power. As I've stated in the past, history is a good teacher, and I have studied history!

      Fidel - 2012-05-30 14:36

      @Anthony Assad has no reason to listen to what the populations or governments of western Europe demand. They've done nothing to earn Syria's respect.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-30 15:05

      Fidel, What are you on about ?? The populations of Europe DON'T want the respect from a MASS MURDERER. They just want this murderous family out; DEAD OR ALIVE !!

      Fidel - 2012-05-30 15:14

      It is irrelevant what the population of Europe want.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-30 15:14

      Fidel, ""history is a good teacher, and I have studied history"" I am sorry to burst your bubble , but history is very nice and can be interesting , but has no bearing on todays events. You, yourself are actually a great example to this; You seem to be packed with historical facts, quotes, anecdotes, but reading your posts re N Africa and Syria, you don't seem to have a clue, of what's happening. I am not saying this to say something ugly to you, but it is merely the plain truth!!

      Fidel - 2012-05-30 15:25

      What makes you conclude positively that ONLY YOU knows what is happening in this region? What happened in Libya and now Syria has the same Modus Operandi that has taken place in the developing world for the past 60 years, led by the USA alphabet agencies. Both the motives and implementation have not changed.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-30 15:30

      Standard operating procedure from you Fidel. Support the wrong actions taken by certain members of the international community, the ones with the worst human rights records of any countries, and weaken the opposition to the cold tyrant Basahr Assad who's slaughtering Syrian families and destroying Syria. Unwittingly but willfully give Assad as much opportunity as possible to continue with his murder and destruction.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-30 17:26

      Fidel, ""What makes you conclude positively that ONLY YOU knows what is happening in this region?"" No, not just me; On the diplomatic front; almost any nation in the world, and all members of the UN SC ! And than , most populations in the world!! It is just the odd one, like you and patrick, who does not want to concede you are wrong wrong with Syria as you were wrong with Libya !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-30 17:34

      134 of the 151 countries on Earth voted in the UN General Assembly that Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. This was months ago.

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