China urges restraint over Syria tensions, calls for calm

By REUTERS
August 29, 2013 04:28

BEIJING - China's foreign minister urged restraint on Thursday in the growing tensions over Syria, saying any military intervention in the crisis would only worsen turmoil in the Middle East.

President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday that the Syrian government would face "international consequences" for last week's deadly chemical attack, but made clear any military response would be limited to avoid dragging the United States into another war in the Middle East.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said military action would not help, but also repeated that China opposed anyone using chemical weapons.

"A political resolution has, from the very beginning, been the only way out for the Syrian issue," Wang said in a statement on the ministry's website.

There should be no rush to prejudge the findings of a UN team currently in Syria to investigate the claims chemical weapons were used. "China calls on all sides to exercise restraint and remain calm," Wang said.


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