Beijing — China urged all sides to be restrained and keep calm on the crisis in Syria. The remarks were made by Foreign Minister Wang Yi in response to a question from Xinhua on Wednesday.
Wang said, “China keeps a close watch on the latest situation in Syria.” He then added that China remains firmly opposed to any chemical weapons use in Syria and supports the independent, objective, impartial and professional United Nations investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons there.
He also said that no one should interfere with or prejudge the ongoing UN investigation.
The United States and its allies are currently considering the launching of military strikes against the Syrian regime as a response to alleged deadly chemical weapons attacks in eastern Ghouta outside Damascus last week which killed hundreds, according to reports.
The government of Syria and the opposition groups fighting against it have traded accusations on the use of chemical weapons. The Syrian government has allowed the UN inspectors access in probe the use of chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta.
The Chinese foreign minister noted that “A political solution is always the only realistic means to resolve the Syria issue,” and added that outside military interference would conflict with the United Nations Charter and increase the turmoil in the Middle East. Image/AP