China urges cease-fire, talks in Syria

2012-11-01 16:15

Beijing — China on Thursday called for a phased-in cease-fire and negotiations on a gradual political transition to end the ongoing bloodshed in Syria.

A four-point proposal issued by the Foreign Ministry stopped short of calling for the ouster of President Bashar Assad and omitted mention of any measures to compel compliance.

Alongside Russia, China has steadfastly blocked any outside intervention that could force Assad from power, much to the consternation of the US and other countries seeking a swift end to the 19-month-old conflict, which has killed more than 35 000 people.

The proposal called on the international community to support the work of the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, and other mediation efforts. Assistance should be provided to refugees, but humanitarian work should not be politicised or militarised, it said.

The ministry's proposal was an elaboration of remarks made on Wednesday by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to Brahimi during a meeting in Beijing, and echoed China's position since the start of the conflict, ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told reporters at a regularly scheduled news conference.

The proposal said a cease-fire should be implemented "by district and in stages", ending in a total cessation of violence. The parties involved should name negotiating bodies to take part in a transition process while maintaining the country's institutions, it said.

"The Syria situation is still grave. The political resolution is facing up many difficulties," Hong said.

"For China to bring up this proposal now is to bring the global community together, co-operate with Brahimi's mediation efforts and push on the political resolution process and realize the cease-fire as soon as possible," he said.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-01 17:11

    China must fully support Syria’s right to defend its security and national sovereignty. The only responsibility of the international community is to work towards a peaceful solution to the crisis. Russia and China are showing the difference between vassal states and independent states.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 17:18

      Syria is a sovereign state who's government has been hijacked by a brutal, illegitimate and unelected regime run by the minority Assad family who see Syria as their personal fiefdom. China is neo-Communist, run by an unelected Politburo that thinks nothing of beating up, imprisoning and killing peace-loving Buddhist monks. With Russia it literally has the worst human rights record of any and all the countries on Earth. But then you Fidel believe Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. With that sort of crazy and obviously faulty perspective, it's no surprise that you believe the brutal and oppressive Syrian regime should be supported, and China and Russia, themselves highly undemocratic, are going to bring democracy to the Middle East.

      boom.baracus - 2012-11-01 17:33

      Right on Fred. Fidel likes talking about leaving a country alone when it's syria, but when the country is Israel he starts screaming hysterically and calls for its destruction - no rights for Israel to defends its security and national sovereignty, hey fidel, your hypocritical Jew-hater

      boom.baracus - 2012-11-01 17:34

      Fidel is a Holocaust-denier and denies that China invaded Tibet. In my view he is more than just a troll. He has a sick and perverted mind.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 18:52

      Disagreeing with someone's opinion and saying so is not disrespecting them. THAT is an immature idea.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 23:43

      Fidel has offended millions of South Africans by stating openly on this website that Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern day Uncle Tom. You move on if you want. You don't have a right to tell me or anyone what to do.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-02 20:06

      Fidel, ""I just dissaproved of thiscomment, butI dissagree so much withit,I feel the need to add a disapproving comment too"" When it comes to China, you are soo way out of your depth, quite frankly you don't know what you are talking about. China is today, the most destructive force in Africa , it 'plunders, Africa's mineral resources, it destroys hundred of thousands of JOBS. Even with ALL the Africanminerals its imports , It still exports ten fold TO Africa, of mainly cheap Chinese sh.t. And if this is not enough, it is ( mainly ) Chinese demand that has caused the slaughter of TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND AFRICAN ELEPHANTS,just in 2012, and the death of hundreds, if not thousands of Rhinos. Snap out of your inmature, childish anti Western BS, and wipe the sh.t out of your eyes, maybe than you will see that the Chinese are the scum of this world !!!!!! MOST CERTAINLY TO AFRICA!!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-03 13:06

      Patrick, Since I have been reading your comments, I must still encounter your very first comment that contributes to any debate. The ONLY thing you are good at , is to spew out 24/7 anti Western BS, soaked in HATRED, CRAP and off course FILTH !!! A mind of an AWB member !!!!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-01 18:48

    Of one thing you can be sure and that is that the US and NATO days of interfering in other countries has come to an they better get used to a changing world where only,across the board,agreement between nations will be accepted.This is the new reality and those that can't keep in step will do so to their downfall.Individual countries internal policies will always be their business!So countries will do better to concentrate on improving their own citizens lives rather than distracting these same citizens with propaganda and misleading foreign policies.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-01 19:43

      Source: The Age of Turbulence. page. 463, by Alan Greenspan. Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006. "The USA is the most disappointing superpower ever. It took you 40 years to defeat the USSR in the cold war despite the fact that in 1940 it was a pre-industrialised nation with half your population that had just been ravaged by two world wars a revolution and mass purgings. You never had an empire, your cultural contribution is negligible and consists of reruns of friends and scrubs." Despite being the world's richest nation by a massive margin your healthcare system excludes 40 million despite spending more than the nations with inclusive systems. 60% of you think the universe was created 5000 years ago. Power and influence are bought in billion dollar elections, your only god is money and status. "You may top the tables for Olympic gold medals and Nobel prizes but per capita you are way down the list, you only succeed because you have weight of numbers and dollars, you have no class, no finesse, you're like the fat ugly kid at school who rolls on the little kids for their lunch money. You brag about how awesome you are but in 20 years China will have overtaken you and you will be irrelevant. The Roman and British empires lasted for hundreds of years but your domination lasted a meagre half century in which you have achieved nothing. the world will remember you as greedy, culturally impotent, arrogant, failures." continued.....

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-01 19:59

      "You might think I am jealous (own interpretation) but I would have loved to see you guys succeed, to have promoted freedom and justice after destroying the menace of fascism and communism but you have wasted your time at the top. You have betrayed the ideals of your founding fathers - liberty, enlightenment, democracy - by becoming a bunch of fundamentalist morons with no respect for culture or science who torture and detain without trial." "History will judge you as losers."

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 23:03

      It's more than obvious that Fidel and Patrick Edwards are the same person, distinct from Patrick without the Edwards.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 23:09

      Fidel, that's all very well, and your obsessive disdain for all things American is obvious. However, to South Africans your belief that Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom is completely untenable. And out of that same mind, your mind, comes these obsessive and frankly stupid anti-West beliefs. All in all, a perspective that is worth little more than the delusional mind from which it came.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-03 12:56

      Fidel, Your 'quotes' from 'the Age of Turbulence, must certainly be one of the most dishonest comments ever posted on these sites. But, than when one has a brain, not larger than a pea, it is no surprise!! Through your sick and disturbed HATRED for the USA, you don't understand the very basics of American politics, either on ,national, level, or that when plays 'party politics' Shame on you !!!!!!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 19:53

    Dunkie, everyone knows that the West is doing virtually nothing to help the Free Syria Army, none more so than the Free Syria Army themselves. They're virtually begging the West for help. Everyone also knows the neo-Soviet Russian regime under Putin is arming the brutal unelected dictator of the country, who is literally butchering Syrians and their families in their homes with Russian arms. You choose to hold the most ridiculous anti-West beliefs, such as Al-Quaida is fabricated by the US to destabilize the stable Middle East. Try telling that to an Al-Quaida member and see what he says, and does, to you. It is no wonder you post the most ridiculously out of touch responses on this site and unwittingly support brutal oppression. Try dropping your ridiculous anti-West beliefs first. Then you'll see a more balanced and truer picture.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 22:51

      Patrick, again, you're being silly. It's more than obvious I don't support Al-Quaida. How big if a fool do you want to make yourself out to be.

      Sibusiso - 2012-11-01 22:54

      Everyone knows fred is Al Qaeda, him and Anthonyfromafrica were jumping up and down in joy the other day when their Jihad friends detonated a car bomb in Damascus.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 23:11

      Sibusiso, making things up doesn't make them true. It's childish and stupid. You're being childish and stupid.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-02 20:24

      Sibusiso, You just got a disturbed violent mind , it is no use to reply to your absurd comment. Carry on, entertaining your radical and violent buddies!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-03 06:26

      Patrick, You are such a pathethic ,confused ( and at least for the loony violent left, an entertaininng, person ) You just sling back , any negative comment someone makes to you. 8 year old schoolboys behave like this, if another kid says he is ugly and dumb, that's what he will be saying the rest of the day, to whomever he does not like.........Unbelievable CHILDISH!! But just to come back to you having the mind of a AWB member; You ARE a RACIST ! ( not the slightest doubt about it ) You ARE bloated full of HATRED !! You propagate VIOLENCE !!! You propagate MINORITY rule !!!! You twist and turn, ANY 'PROVEN' FACT, to your own benefit, nothwithstanding how far it is from reality. With a sick and disturbed mind like this, the 'boeremag' will make you an 'honary member' any time !!!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 22:36

    If the Chinese regime truly wants the killing of Syrians and their families to stop, it should immediately support a UN Security Council resolution to demand that Assad and his brother relinquish power, or else. Small-man Putin is likely to follow suit in quick order, and the Syrian people will have the freedom they so richly deserve before long.

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