China denounces UK criticism of Beijing veto on Syria

February 8, 2012 12:36


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BEIJING - China lashed out on Wednesday against British Foreign Secretary William Hague, saying his criticism of Beijing's veto of a UN resolution pressing Syrian President Bashar Assad to abandon power was "extremely irresponsible".

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin also accused Hague of harboring "ulterior motives", in China's strongest comments since it rejected the UN resolution.

Western and Arab states voiced outrage on Sunday after Russia and China vetoed the UN resolution. Hague said Moscow and Beijing had turned their backs on the Arab world.

"Such accusations are extremely irresponsible, with ulterior motives and the Chinese find them totally unacceptable," Liu said, in response to a question from a reporter from the state-run China Daily on Hague's comments.

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