China ' s Foreign Ministry has urged a role for the United Nations Security Council in resolving the crisis in Syria.
" China supports the important role that the U. N. Security Council plays in properly resolving the Syria issue, " Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said during a daily media briefing in Beijing on Friday. The Chinese spokesman also expressed hope that the issue could be settled peacefully.
" We hope that relevant parties can continue communications and coordination and hold deep consultations so as to resolve the relevant issue in a peaceful way, " he added.
Hong stressed the significance of a political solution to the Syrian crisis, saying, “China believes that a political solution is the only realistic way out on the Syria issue. Given the current circumstances, a political solution is of utmost importance." "We also hope the international community can work together and push for the holding of an international conference on the Syria issue at an early date," he added. During talks on Friday with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Russia, Chinese President Xi Jinping also called on the US leader not to launch a military strike against Syria, saying that Beijing expected nations to think twice before acting. The war rhetoric against the Middle Eastern country first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Damascus categorically rejected the accusation. Nevertheless, a number of Western countries, including the US, France, and the UK, quickly started campaigning for war. Since then, media outlets have reported US plans for likely surgical attacks, which would be in the form of “cruise-missile strikes,” and “could rely on … US destroyers in the Mediterranean [Sea].” Blatant calls for war by Obama administration have not faded despite reluctance by some of its closest allies to engage in any military intervention in Syria. Obama has said his administration will first seek authorization for the attack from a skeptical Congress.