News / Asia

China Calls For Speedy, Inclusive Political Transition in Libya

A man reads a local newspaper's story on the spread pages featuring a photo of Moammar Gadhafi at a private securities company in Shanghai, China, Oct. 21, 2011.
A man reads a local newspaper's story on the spread pages featuring a photo of Moammar Gadhafi at a private securities company in Shanghai, China, Oct. 21, 2011.
TEXT SIZE - +

China is calling for an inclusive political transitional process in Libya, as soon as possible, following the death of former leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said China hopes Libya can launch a transitional political process that includes all parties and viewpoints.

Jiang says China hopes the political process will accommodate the concerns of different factions, and that the country can realize reconciliation and reunification.

In the decades that Gadhafi controlled Libya, China had very good relations with him.

The Chinese spokeswoman had no direct answer to a question about whether Beijing's attitude toward the former Libyan leader had changed in recent months.

She said China and Libya have had what she describes as “normal relations” based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.

She says Beijing respects the choice of the Libyan people, and believes that relations with Libya will forge ahead in a stable and smooth manner.

She also had no direct answer to a question about whether China has been in contact with Libya's National Transitional Council leaders after Gadhafi's death Thursday. Instead, she said only that the Chinese embassy in Libya has had what she described as “smooth” channels of communication.

China last month was the last of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to recognize the National Transitional Council as Libya's legitimate government.

NTC members had previously warned Beijing that its $18 billion worth of investments and contracts in Libya could be at risk because it had been slow to support the revolt against Gadhafi. China abstained on a U.N. Security Council vote in March to authorize the use of force to protect Libyan civilians from Gadhafi's forces, and was sharply critical of the NATO-assisted mission there.

Chinese media reports were devoid Friday of any of this past criticism and instead referred disparagingly to Gadhafi as a “madman.”

There was some sympathy for the former Libyan leader on Chinese Internet chat sites. One user called him a friend of the Chinese people, while another user described him as a “heroic warrior against Western imperialism,” who was “slain by Western bullets wielded by his own people.”

You May Like

Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

There were few media reports of protests and clashes around the country, but so far no significant violence More

Sharks More Evolved than Previously Thought

The discovery could “profoundly affect our understanding of evolutionary history” More

Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

Request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid