HEADLINE Syria strikes: China opposes use of force in international relations

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Syria strikes: China opposes use of force in international relations

By Dong Feng | People's Daily app

17:42, April 14, 2018

Any unilateral military actions that bypass the Security Council are against the purposes and principles of the “UN Charter”, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily briefing on Saturday.

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Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)

"As always, we oppose the use of force in international relations and call for respect for other countries' sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Any unilateral military action bypassing the Security Council runs contrary to the purpose and principles of the UN Charter and violates the principles of international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and will further complicate the Syrian issue. China urges the relevant parties to return to the framework of international law and resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation," said Hua.

China believes that regarding the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, a comprehensive, impartial and objective investigation should be carried out to reach a reliable conclusion that can stand the test of time. Yet before that, a prejudgment should not be made. 

China believes that political settlement is the only viable way out for the Syrian issue. Relevant parties of the international community should continue to support the role of the UN as the main channel for mediation and make relentless effort to facilitate the final settlement of the Syrian issue.

The Chinese government takes the safety of Chinese citizens there very seriously, and the Chinese Embassy in Syria has maintained close communication with them. They are all safe so far.  

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Syria once again reminded Chinese citizens that they should not go to Syria in the near future.

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