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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Remarks on the US Comments at the Latest "Friends of Syria" Meeting

2012/07/08

Q: US Secretary of State Clinton reportedly said at the third "Friends of Syria" International Conference that Russia and China did not believe they were paying any price at all for standing up on behalf of the Bashar regime. Every nation represented at the meeting should directly and urgently make it clear to Russia and China that their stance was no longer tolerable and they would pay a price for holding up progress in the resolution of the Syrian issue. How does China respond?

A: The above remarks are completely unacceptable. China is not the obstacle to the resolution of the Syrian issue. On the contrary, China has made important contribution to upholding the UN Charter and the basic norms governing international relations, maintaining regional peace and stability, safeguarding the fundamental interests of the Syrian people and promoting the political resolution of the Syrian issue. China has also played a positive and constructive role for the important outcome produced at the foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria recently held in Geneva. China's impartial and constructive stance as well as its diplomatic efforts on the Syrian issue have been widely appreciated and supported by all parties of the international community. Any words and deeds to blemish the image of China or drive a wedge between it and other countries will end in vain.

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