On the sidelines of the Fifth Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi reiterated China’s consistent stand on issues of Syria and Iran at a news conference. He insisted that peace, stability and development in the Middle East are not only in line with the basic interests of the people in the region, but also in accord with the interest of international community.
This serves as China’s starting point and also its foothold in dealing with Mid-east issues. Meanwhile, He stressed China has all along kept close communication with the U.S. over the above-mentioned issues.
Just two days earlier, Mr. Yang, on behalf of the Chinese government, introduced China's six-point statement on Syria during a telephone conversation with Nabil al-Arabi, secretary-general of the Arab League (AL), firmly maintaining that the current crisis should be resolved through political dialogue in a peaceful manner.
In the statement, China urges the Syrian government and all parties concerned to immediately and unconditionally cease all acts of violence, particularly those against civilians. It calls on the Syrian government and various factions to immediately launch an inclusive political dialogue without preconditions attached or a predetermined outcome.
China always supports the UN's leading role in coordinating humanitarian relief efforts, and hopes the international community to create favorable conditions to provide humanitarian assistance to Syria, while it demands that the international community earnestly respect the independence and territorial integrity of Syria and the right of the Syrian people to choose their political system and development path.
In the meantime, China also expresses it readiness “to provide humanitarian assistance" and that aid should be delivered by the international community only in a way that respects "Syria's sovereignty," Xinhua cited the statement as saying.
While calling on all the parties involved in Syria, as well as countries in Arab world and in the West, to abide by the UN charter, China also urges Syria government to heed reasonable appeals of the Syrian people for reform.
When it comes to the still escalating Syria crisis, the top priority should be placed on the real and reasonable needs of the Syrian people, helping them break away from the bloodshed, get rid of the specter of civil war, and return to normalcy at the earliest possible date.
If big conflicts were to break out in the region, military conflicts for example, it would be a huge disaster for the people involved, the region involved, and it would have a negative impact on the world peace as well.
If foreign intervention were to descend upon Syria, sufferings would double for Syrian people, and the trouble-ridden country would probably become a nightmare land.
After all, meddling hands from the outside could not seal the future of Syria. It is none other than the Syrian people who can carve a new charter of their own country.
By Li Hongmei, Specially for Sina English