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China opposes US airstrikes on Syria

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today opposed the joint attack by the US, and the UK on Syria, saying any action bypassing the UN charter violates the principles of international and the basic norms governing

The US ordered the launch of air strikes on in retaliation to the by

US claimed that the joint action was meant to establish a "strong deterrent" against the production, spread, and use of

Trump said he has ordered "precision strikes" against Syria, where dozens of people were killed last weekend in a on Douma, the largest town in a former rebel stronghold outside

Calling for the relevant parties to return to the framework of international and resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation, said is opposed the use of force.

opposed the use of force in and called for respect for other countries' sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity," she said in response to media queries, seeking reaction to the air strikes.

"Any unilateral military action bypassing the runs contrary to the purpose and principles of the (UN) Charter and violates the principles of international and the basic norms governing international relations, and will further complicate the Syrian issue," Hua said.

Hua said believes a comprehensive, impartial and objective investigation should be carried out to reach a reliable conclusion that could stand the test of time.

"Yet before that, a prejudgment should not be made," she added.

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 efforts to facilitate the final settlement of the Syrian issue.

When asked about the current situation of Chinese citizens in Syria, Hua said the took their safety very seriously and the had maintained close communication with them. They are all safe so far, state-run agency reported.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 19:05 IST