Chinese envoy to urge Syria ceasefire

Chinese envoy to urge Syria ceasefire

China said today that it will send another envoy to Syria in a bid to convince President Bashar Assad’s regime of the need for a ceasefire, and to emphasise that it remains opposed to outside intervention.

The Foreign Ministry said former ambassador to Syria Li Huaqing would visit Damascus tomorrow and Wednesday.

That announcement followed the release yesterday of a Chinese proposal calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and talks by all parties, but standing firm against any intervention by outside forces.

China has being roundly criticised by the US and others for joining Russia in vetoing a UN resolution on ending Syria’s ongoing violence.

That plan similarly called for an end to hostilities, but Beijing feared it would open the door to intervention against President Assad’s authoritarian government, as it had in Libya.

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