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Part 3: Premier Wen on Syrian issue

03-14-2012 21:38 BJT

Wen Jiabao said, "We make our own right judgement and determine our own position on the issue on the basis of actual facts. First, the life of civilians must be protected. The killing of civilians must be immediately stopped by all relevant parties in Syria. Second, China respects the legitimate aspiration for change and for the pursuit of the Syrian people’s own interests. Third, China supports the special envoy jointly appointed by the UN and the Arab League in his mediation efforts. Fourth, China has deep sympathies for the humanitarian plight of the Syrian people. And we have participated in relevant International Humanitarian Aid and we will continue to do so."

Q1. In a recent interview, Obama said that “it is our estimation that President Bashar al-Assad’s days are numbered”. If the US calls for Mr Assad’s head, then what’s next?

Q2. In 2006 Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, was already asserting dramatically: “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany.” Recently, Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, is said to believe there is a strong possibility of an Israeli attack in April, May or June. War with Iran?

Q3. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called Russia and China ’despicable’ for opposing UN action aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria. What do you make of Clinton’s unusually strong comments toward China and Russia?

Q4. Does the US have the right to make decisions for the Arab people?

Q5. The idea that “world powers have the right and obligation to intervene when a dictator devours his people” was approved by the UN in 2005. However, the rising economic powers – China, India, Brazil and others – are deeply skeptical about the whole concept. Is the failed intervention in Syria marking a last hurrah for liberal interventionism?

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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