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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: Principles from: Chicago
June 05, 2012 1:47 PM
It is clear to these leaders that the real enemy is the Dalai Lama, with his barbarous non-violence.


by: iEtthy from: Earth, Universe
June 05, 2012 1:47 PM
do research and open your mind before juding on a subject you may no nothing or little about. Syria may not be the greatest country in the world but thie citizens are sufferin from all this not the government. it was all amde so that people revolt because the country is helpeless to help their own people....what do you expect?


by: Observer from: Southeastasia
June 05, 2012 1:45 PM
They took the same position for dictator Gaddafi, but he couldn't survive.


by: Anonymous
June 05, 2012 1:42 PM
While you're in the neighborhood, Mrs. Clinton, what about peace and dignity for Palestinians? Over 700 died in cast lead and you said nothing. One must doubt your sincerity regarding Syria.


by: Jack
June 05, 2012 1:41 PM
Clinton is meeting with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates to work on regime change in Syria, where all 4 of those countries themselves are non democratic and run by dictators that are supported by the West. Why the double standard?


by: firmsoil from: CA
June 05, 2012 1:39 PM
Evil communist character & creed on display.


by: ron from: usa
June 05, 2012 1:37 PM
damn and it finally makes sense. Hah, they are covering something up. Assad, Russia and China don't want teh UN in there because they are doing something.


by: Superman from: CA
June 05, 2012 1:37 PM
Really who care's what they both think.. Russia is no longer a super power.. and China should bend over for Russia since they seem to be eye to eye on this issue.. NATO should go in bomb the hell out of them and really Russia and China wont do anything... take a few B52 bombers and take care of business.. .


by: soulice
June 05, 2012 1:32 PM
@wm musson Really? That's what you get from this? Maybe a trip to Syria is in order for you...


by: Anonymous
June 05, 2012 1:23 PM
Two years ago, I heard president Asad was always a good and peaceful president and almost never heard bad news about him. He devoted much to solve the issues between Palestinian and Israel. However, one day, with the support of western countries to "anti-government" (rebels) of Syria and with the usage of western media that controls the media of the whole world, suddenly, everybody including people who are posting comments here started to think Asad is a bad president and dictator. Come on, you guys should think by your own brains, not just listen to the western media that controls the media of the whole world.

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