The United States and other Western Powers have already aired their views on the ongoing Syrian crisis. Finally, China, the rising power joined in the fray. On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for restraint. Instead of siding with one party over another, the minister opted to stay neutral by urging all parties to the crisis to keep calm and practice restraint.
Asked about his opinion on the Syrian crisis by Xinhua, Mr Wang remarked, "China keeps a close watch on the latest situation in Syria."
Mr Wang also asserted that China is condemning the use of any form of chemical weapons in Syria. The country also supports the international organisation, the United Nation's efforts of fact-finding. China is one with the UN when it comes to the latter's independent and objective investigation over the alleged chemical weapon attack. Impartiality and professionalism is expected out of the United Nations. Mr Wang said that the UN should not allow anyone to interfere or set the tone of the investigation over the chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Wang's remarks showed that China is opting for the diplomacy rather than force. Its counterparts in the United States and its allies are already contemplating about launching strikes against Syria as a response to the attack using deadly chemical weapons last week in eastern Ghouta, located in the countryside of Damascus, whereby hundreds died, children included.
The Syrian government and opposition groups are currently accusing each other of using chemical weapons in launching attacks. Fortunately, Syrian government was very much willing to give access to UN inspectors to investigate the use of chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta.
Mr Wang shared further, "A political solution is always the only realistic means to resolve the Syria issue.
Intervention from the outside, especially military in character can aggravate the crisis in the Middle East. Apparently, the Chinese Foreign Minister is not approving of the U.S. and its allies' intended response.
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