China slams Clinton's criticism over Syria stance

By REUTERS
July 7, 2012 14:36

BEIJING - China rebuffed on Saturday US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's accusation that Beijing and Moscow have hindered the resolution of the crisis in Syria, saying any attempt to "slander" China was doomed to fail.

Clinton urged Syrian President Bashar Assad's enemies meeting in Paris on Friday to make Russia and China "pay a price" for helping him to keep power in Damascus, remarks that were among Washington's toughest yet in 16 months of revolt in Syria.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Clinton's comments were "totally unacceptable."

"On the Syria problem, China's fair and constructive stance and its contributions toward diplomatic efforts have attained the wide understanding and support of relevant parties in the international community," Liu said in a statement on the ministry's website.


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