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China serves as bridge for Syrian reconciliation

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-07-2016 17:09 BJT

By Hou Juan, a doctorate researcher of International Relations, China Foreign Affairs University

The President of the Syrian National Coalition Khaled Khoja had visited China on Jan. 5-8. Last December, the Syrian vice-premier and foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, visited China as well.

 

Both sides of the Syrian conflict had visited China successively, demonstrating Beijing's efforts to mediate a peaceful settlement that would be recognized by Damascus. China had emphasized a favorable dialogue platform for both sides.

Beijing's diplomatic concept as a responsible country.

Beijing seeks a political approach that account for the people, stressing military conflicts seem useless to solve the conflict. The real victims are the Syrian people. Different from Moscow and Washington, who have both resorted to military strikes, Beijing believes Syrians have the right to decide the nation’s future.

China opposes overturning a legal government through military force, respecting the leading role of the United Nations and to continue on with peace negotiations.

China respects both sides.

Beijing remains impartial, the Syrian people's interests come first for an amicable settlement. China is aiding Syrian refugees, because of its sympathy and to promote reconciliation. Beijing has offered more than 230 million yuan to Syrians and overseas refugees.

Since 2012, Beijing has invited both sides of the Syrian conflict to visit China three times, pushing for dialogue and sending a special envoy to Syria to intermediate. These efforts have been recognized by the international community, along with both sides of Syria. Successive visits can create more favorable conditions for upcoming peace talks in January.

China supports the UN Security Council's leading role.

On Dec. 18, 2015, the UN Security Council unanimously approved to solve the Syrian issue through a political approach, urging Damascus and representatives of the opposition faction to initiate talks in January.

This is the first time for the UN Security Council to reach a  resolution over how to solve the Syrian crisis after five years of conflicts. Both sides have not yet taken a clear stand on the resolution.

However after visiting China, Syrian vice-premier and foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, supported the No.2254 resolution and favors dialogue with the opposite faction, but the opposition faction remains passive over the resolution.

Beijing is urging both sides to return to negotiations, helping Syria realize a lasting peace that could consolidate the UN's legitimacy to safeguard world peace. China's mediation could bring about a silver lining for the Syrian crisis.

 

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