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China, Russia United Against Intervention in Syria

China's President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands in Beijing, June 5, 2012.China's President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands in Beijing, June 5, 2012.
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China's President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands in Beijing, June 5, 2012.
China's President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands in Beijing, June 5, 2012.
BATUMI, Georgia - China and Russia say they are united in opposing foreign intervention in Syria.  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to meet with allies Wednesday in Turkey to discuss how best to pursue a political transition to end President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

Secretary of State Clinton says it is "pretty clear" that the main focus of international diplomacy must be on intensifying efforts to speed a political transition in Syria.

"We believe there is a way forward and we are going to continue to pursue that and we invite the Russians and the Chinese to be part of the solution of what is happening in Syria," she said.

But China and Russia remain opposed to any effort to force Syria's President Bashar al-Assad from power, a position their leaders re-stated again on Tuesday.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman says Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin oppose a change of power by force in Syria and continue to call for a political dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.

President Putin and President Hu met in Beijing, where they repeated demands for an immediate end to 15 months of violence in Syria.  Russia and China, however, have repeatedly blocked tougher U.N. action against President Assad, including U.N. sanctions and the potential use of force.

Clinton spoke to reporters Tuesday in the Black Sea port of Batumi, following talks with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.  She says the violence of the past 10 days shows that there must be change in Syria. "Peace and human dignity will not be possible in Syria without political change.  So I will look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues tomorrow in Istanbul," she said.

Clinton meets Wednesday in Istanbul with diplomats from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the European Union, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates to discuss how best to pursue a political transition in Syria.

The U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, is to brief U.N. members Thursday in New York before meeting Friday with Secretary Clinton in Washington.

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by: NVO from: usa
June 07, 2012 9:44 PM
Hillary Clinton is a prominent member of THE BILDERBERGS. Who cares what she has to say about Syria? She is also affiliated with The Trilateral Commission, and The Council On Foreign Relations. ALL pushing for a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT under THE NEW WORLD ORDER. BEWARE OF PROJECT ESHELON!!!

by: Anonymous
June 07, 2012 4:01 PM
Stop the Killing and the chaos!! Assad must go soon! FREEDOM IN SYRIA!!!

by: Eric from: U.S.A.
June 07, 2012 12:47 PM
Just because a change in government takes place doesn't mean that anything democratic has happened. Let's recall that immediately following these 'spring' revolutions, several Americans were arrested and charged with spreading democratic ideals.
As bad as Assad and his henchmen are, let's face the fact that the so-called Syrian rebels have received the backing of world-renowned terrorist organizations including, but not limited to, Al Qaeda.
Civil War in Syria may be the best thing to keep these parties busy for the next 10-20 years.

by: Anonymous
June 06, 2012 5:21 AM
I think the best way to solve this political change is using forcing power,like Irap.This is a typical style of U.S.
But for a honest,no body want this way.

by: Who is a real dictator?
June 05, 2012 4:36 PM
Who is a real dictatorial country, Syria or Saudi Arabia? I believe nobody will doubt Saudi Arabia is the most dictatorial country in the world. However, Saudi Arabia is one of the best friends of US. By the way, I almost never heard any big negative news about president Asad before the rebel of Syria started to make messy and violence with the support and encouragement of western countries, specifically US. No matter it is a big Conspiracy or part of global strategies of US, questions are obvious.

by: Anonymous
June 05, 2012 2:40 PM
All these people here who are supporting western goverments and their media are supposing anything western governments and media are saying and doing is correct, on the contrary, anything Russia and China are saying and doing are wrong. Such a joke! It looks that western media that are controlling the media of the whole world are working.

by: Anonymous
June 05, 2012 2:33 PM
It’s a western hypocrisy. On one side, they support the worst dictators in the world history who terrorize their own citizens. In contrast, they want to remove genuine leaders from power and replace them by their own dogs.

by: Nini from: Canada
June 05, 2012 2:18 PM
what a Joke. America wants forcefully to remove Assad. In other words the UN resolution was a joke from the Start .

Beware China and Russia next is ur turn for American Democracy . They will enslave u like the Arabs.

Clinton while u are at it why don't u request democracy for Bahrain FROM UR PUPPET GOVT.

by: WakeUpAmerica from: California
June 05, 2012 2:13 PM
Wow, because all of the money the top 1% has robbed from Americans and given to China factories owners and their communist gov't. we now have to listen to China because they are now the world Super power.

Stores like Walmart flood American with China goods that SHOULD be made here by AMERICANS and sold to the rest of the world.

And because of the greed of the 1% the power of America has been transfered to China.

HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO LET THE 1% DESTROY YOUR CHILDRENS FUTURE!!!

by: AnotherTom from: Seattle
June 05, 2012 1:59 PM
How wonderful Russia and China are. They want to play in the big leagues, love taking our money. Hate taking responsibility for what goes on in the world and WON"T pay for being part of our world.....Nice work guys.
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