China rejects accusations of selling arms to Syria

10.02.2012 - 20:54

On 10 September, China denied allegations that it had sold weapons to Syria either "directly or through Iran".

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday characterised accusations of selling arms to Syria as "baseless" while a Syrian opposition delegation left Beijing after holding talks with officials.

"The accusations were baseless and are not acceptable. The Chinese government is responsible and cautious in managing exports of military products in accordance with China's international and domestic laws and obligations," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said.

Liu said that the "scheduled" trip came at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, ruling out any connections between the visit and China's veto on a UN resolution on Syria. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun met members of the Syrian National Coordination Body for Democratic Change (NCB) , to discuss the situation in Syria, in which he urged both sides of the conflict to "cease all violence and avoid casualties among civilians".

NCB representatives told Chinese officials that they appreciate China's just stand on the Syrian crisis and would like Beijing to play an even more constructive role for an early solution.