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China to recognize Libya rebels when 'conditions are ripe'

BEIJING - China will recognize Libya's National Transitional Council as the country's legitimate government "when conditions are ripe", a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday, without elaborating.

BEIJING - China will recognize Libya's National Transitional Council as the country's legitimate government "when conditions are ripe", a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday, without elaborating.
China has been in close contact with the NTC and supports its role in Libya, spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular news briefing.China has not joined Western powers in formally recognizing the NTC as the legitimate authority in Libya, but has acknowledged its "important role" after Muammar Gaddafi's ousting.
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