News / Asia

China Sending Envoy to 'Friends of Libya' Meeting in Paris

China is participating Thursday’s “Friends of Libya” meeting in Paris, although Beijing still has not recognized the National Transitional Council as the country’s legitimate government.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu confirmed that Beijing is sending an envoy to Paris for the 60-nation summit in to discuss the future of Libya.

Ma said Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun will represent the Chinese government at the meeting, as an observer.

At the gathering, the National Transitional Council is expected to outline an 18-month road map for creating a new constitution and holding elections.

The Chinese envoy ranks lower, diplomatically, than some of the meeting’s other participants, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On Thursday, Russia recognized the National Transitional Council as Libya's "ruling authority." The announcement leaves China as the only one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council that has not officially recognized the NTC as Libya’s new leaders.

When asked if Beijing is worried that its lack of recognition of the NTC will pose a problem for Chinese participation in future reconstruction efforts in Libya, Ma said only that his government sees the NTC as having played a “significant” role in settling the Libya crisis.

He says China has maintained contacts with the NTC and will continue the contacts so that bilateral relations move forward in what he described as “a sound manner.”

When asked why China has not yet recognized the NTC, Ma did not answer directly.  But he several times expressed respect for the choice of the Libyan people, implying that Beijing considers Libya’s political transition as still ongoing.

A commentary in the English language China Daily calls Libya “a bad example of Western intervention in developing countries” and accuses NATO and its western supporters for unfairly and unscrupulously prolonging the conflict.

Another commentary in China’s top official newspaper, the People’s Daily, urges the international community to let the United Nations lead post-war reconstruction in Libya. It also says Beijing will seek to defend its economic interests in Libya after Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster.

Earlier this year, China and Russia abstained when the U.N. Security Council voted for a resolution authorizing the NATO-led air strikes to protect Libyan civilians. But the China later called for a ceasefire, saying the NATO action exceeded its U.N. mandate.

State-run media say China is involved in $20 billion worth of projects in Libya, including road, building and infrastructure construction. China is the world’s second-largest oil importer and last year received about three percent of its imported crude from Libya.

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches 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.
Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debatei
X
Shelley Schlender
July 24, 2014 6:43 PM
In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid