Q: On the morning of April 14 Beijing time, the US, the UK and France launched air strikes against Syria. What's your comment on this?
A: As always, we oppose the use of force in international relations and call for respect for other countries' sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Any unilateral military action bypassing the Security Council runs contrary to the purpose and principles of the UN Charter and violates the principles of international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and will further complicate the Syrian issue. China urges the relevant parties to return to the framework of international law and resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation.
Q: The three countries including the US said the military strikes were launched in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. What's your comment?
A: China believes that regarding the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, a comprehensive, impartial and objective investigation should be carried out to reach a reliable conclusion that can stand the test of time. Yet before that, a prejudgment should not be made.
China believes that political settlement is the only viable way out for the Syrian issue. Relevant parties of the international community should continue to support the role of the UN as the main channel for mediation and make relentless effort to facilitate the final settlement of the Syrian issue.
Q: Do you have any information about Chinese citizens in Syria? Are they affected by the air strikes?
A: The Chinese government takes the safety of Chinese citizens there very seriously, and the Chinese Embassy in Syria has maintained close communication with them. They are all safe so far.