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China Rejects Syria Sanctions

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin gestures to a journalist during a news conference in Beijing (file photo). China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin gestures to a journalist during a news conference in Beijing (file photo).
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin gestures to a journalist during a news conference in Beijing (file photo).
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin gestures to a journalist during a news conference in Beijing (file photo).
China says it does not approve of using sanctions to address the crisis in Syria, a day after France's foreign minister discussed possible measures to enforce a faltering cease-fire plan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Thursday his country objected to using pressure, and instead backed the efforts of international envoy Kofi Annan.

"Under the current circumstances, all the parties should continue to vigorously support U.N. envoy Kofi Annan's mediation efforts," Liu said.  "We urge relevant parties in Syria to effectively implement relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions and Annan's six-point proposals, actively cooperate with the U.N. monitors, end any form of violence, protect civilians, and ease the current tense situation as soon as possible.''


Russia has also been opposed to Western and Arab efforts to impose U.N. sanctions on Syria's government.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended his country's arms sales to Syria, Wednesday, saying they do not violate international law.

Syria's ambassador to Russia also rejected criticism of the sales during a visit Thursday to Moscow.  Riyad Haddad said the arms are defensive weapons, and further blamed Western countries for any failures of the Annan plan.


In Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday it was time for the international community, including Russia, to come to table and "be constructive" in finding a way forward in Syria despite deviating views.

Violence in Syria continued Thursday, with reported clashes in Homs and Rastan.  The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least four civilians were killed.

U.N. observers visited the site of a car bombing Thursday near the capital, Damascus, which state media said wounded 14 people.

Rights violations

Reported Deaths Across Syria - updated June 14, 2012Reported Deaths Across Syria - updated June 14, 2012
Reported Deaths Across Syria - updated June 14, 2012
Reported Deaths Across Syria - updated June 14, 2012
Meanwhile, Amnesty International issued a report saying it has new evidence of widespread and systematic rights violations by government forces seeking to punish those supporting the opposition.

The group says its workers witnessed Syrian security forces firing on peaceful demonstrators late last month in Aleppo, and that families described soldiers dragging away family members and killing them.

Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International's senior crisis advisor, said the U.N. Security Council has failed, and called for "concrete action" to hold those responsible accountable.

"We are now facing a situation which has deteriorated so much precisely because of the failure of the Security Council to act earlier on when the situation was -- when it was more possible to avoid the kind of large scale killings and massacres that we're seeing today,'' she said.

The group said it has received reports of more than 10,000 people being killed since the crisis in Syria began in February 2011, and that the number could be much higher.

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by: John from: Accra
June 14, 2012 12:19 PM
There is one country that thinks it is always right and the others are always wrong no matter the situation. They can kill, force regime changes and even arrest presidents all over the world. Their press always tow government positions even if it means posting false photos with totally different stories.
Your guess is as good as mine.

by: John from: USA
June 14, 2012 12:06 PM
The violence in Syria is a walk in the park compared to the death and destruction caused by the USA in Iraq. Where was the UN security coucil when that catastrophe was happening.

by: Wangchuk from: NYC
June 14, 2012 9:35 AM
The PRC has proven again that it has no respect for human rights either of the Chinese people or others like Syrians, Tibetans, Uighurs, & Mongolians. The CCP only cares about power & doesn't want anyone helping the Syrian people b/c the CCP is good friends w/ the Assad regime & many dictators around the world. Dictatorships have to stick together after all & the CCP is the largest one-party dictatorship in the world.
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by: Jonathan Huang from: Canada
June 14, 2012 1:29 PM
Then, why China is growing so fast even US and Europe are going down at the same time?
I bet more Chinese are happy with their government than Americans do. Lol
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by: Spongebob from: Edmonton
June 14, 2012 10:43 AM
NATO and i'tsMuslim buddy countries of Saudi, Qatar, and Turkey have been "backing" the Syrian Opposition demands of regime changes for 16 months now. Why would Assad step down just because these foreign bullies are behind it? He obviously has had, and still has, the support of his government, military, and a majority of the Syrian civilians?
Perhaps Russia and China are right, both sides in the Syrian conflict need to work together. It seems like the Assad goverment is willing to accept reforms, especially if sanctions continue to increase? So when will the opposition drop it's demand that Assad's regime must step down before they will stop fighting - I'd bet that would likely be all it takes to stop the fighting and the civilians deaths?

by: Dan Lewis from: Houston Texas
June 14, 2012 9:12 AM
I would point out to the Chines officials that they do terrible thing to their own people; that what is proposed for Syria is much less violent than what China has dealt to its own.
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by: Jon-Jon
June 16, 2012 10:17 AM
China and Russia are simply trying to stop the domino effect. Russia is having its own movement which it has tried to quell many times now, and China has been taking down its own officials in an attempt to "purge" its political system. as far as knowledge goes, the state run media outlets in those countries will not cover any noticable protests and human rights violations, its just to simple to say "its because of the west..." sound familiar?

also, about economic growth, If i am a man that makes $100 an hour, and gets a $10 per hour raise. that's 10% growth of GDP. however if i am a man that makes $300 and gets a $10 per hour raise. that's only 3%.

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by: Jonathan Huang from: Canada
June 14, 2012 9:48 PM
The sanction on Iran is illegal, and didn't get permit from the UN, therefore China doesn't have to follow it. China has the right to purchase as much oil from Iran as she wants, period.
US must follow the international laws, or it gonna taste another 911.
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by: Anonymous
June 14, 2012 11:55 AM
The US is considering sanctions on China for its continued puchasing of oil from Iran.
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by: dolcome from: Charlotte
June 14, 2012 10:14 AM
So why don't the US place sanctions on China?

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