China criticized the US strike on Syria


A military strike by the United States, France and Britain on Syria violates the fundamental principles of international law. This was stated by the Speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Hua Chuning.

"Beijing opposes the US actions in Syria and calls on the parties of the conflict to return to resolving the contradictions through dialogue and negotiations," the website said.

The Foreign Ministry believes that military intervention should not take place before the exhaustive evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in the city of Duma is received.

The Chinese media also published a number of materials that call into question the feasibility of hitting Syrian targets, where, presumably, the chemical weapons were manufactured and stored. In particular, they note that the attacks on the sites were inflicted prior to the results of the expertise of WHO and the OPCW.

"It is not at all clear to many what [US President Donald] Trump is seeking in Syria. Does he really want the Syrian authorities to stop using chemical weapons? In this case, why should the government, which is already in control of the situation in the country, use "chemistry"?" - writes The Global Times. The newspaper called the attack reckless and unscrupulous.

China Daily compared the blow to Syria with the US military invasion of Iraq in 2003. "This is not the same, but the situation is very similar," the article says.

In addition, both newspapers noted that Washington's actions could be a signal to the North Corea about the possibility of a military conflict on the Korean peninsula. "They will take out of this strike a lesson the same as that taken from the invasion of Iraq and the forcible change of regime in Libya," writes China Daily.

The joint operation of the three western states took place on the night of April 14. According to the Pentagon, a total of 105 cruise missiles were fired at facilities in Syria, and all of them achieved their goal.

The reason for the attack on Syria was a report on the use of chemical weapons in the city of Duma - the last uncontrolled force of President Bashar Assad in the settlement in East Gut. Responsibility for what happened in the western countries was entrusted to the Syrian military. The OPCW has not yet confirmed this information.
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