US and its allies are pushing Syria into civil war by backing the armed opposition, the newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party writes. The article insists Beijing must stick to opposing any attempt to intervene or regime change in Damascus.
”If Western countries continue to fully support Syria’s opposition, then in the end a large-scale civil war will erupt and there will be no way to thus avoid the possibility of foreign armed intervention,” a foreign affairs expert Qu Xing wrote in the piece as cited by Reuters
His article in the People’s Daily suggests if the UN Security Council had passed the resolution backing the Arab League’s call for Assad to step down, that would only have lead to more violence.
“Assad would have had his back up against the wall with all means of retreat cut off, and the opposition would have been encouraged to press steadily forward. Clashes would have been even worse than they are now,” writes Qu Xing.
The article follows a visit by one of Beijing’s top diplomats to Damascus, in attempts to mediate peace talks in Syria. Vice-Foreign Minister Zhai Jun met Assad in Damascus on Saturday and backed his plans for a referendum and multi-party elections. He expressed hope that the two sides will be able to stop the bloodshed in the country and approach peaceful dialogue.
“The position of China is to call on the government, the opposition and the rebels to halt acts of violence immediately,” Zhai Jun said following his two-day visit to Syria.
Russia and China blocked a draft UN Security Council resolution on February 4; other UNSC members blamed the two of pursuing their own interests. Moscow and Beijing insist the draft was one-sided and could have sent an unbalanced signal to the sides in the conflict.
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