BEIJING – The Chinese government has kept silent about the crisis in Syria following the latest escalation of violence there and intensified diplomatic efforts.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed President Hu Jintao on an urgent need for action to stop the violence during a visit to Beijing Wednesday amid a push to get Russia and China to back a tougher response to attacks by President Bashar Assad’s regime.
China’s Foreign Ministry said Hu discussed Syria with Ban but did not provide details.
Most state media outlets carried reports on Wednesday’s bombing in Damascus without commenting on China’s position. The Global Times newspaper’s Chinese edition says in an editorial that no matter how the situation unfolds in Syria, Beijing should maintain its position of opposing external military intervention.
Source: Associated Press