BEIJING: China rebuffed today US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s accusation that Beijing and Moscow have hindered the resolution of the crisis in Syria, saying any attempt to ‘slander’ China was doomed to fail.
Clinton urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s enemies meeting in Paris on Friday to make Russia and China ‘pay a price for helping him to keep power in Damascus, remarks that were among Washington’s toughest yet in 16 months of revolt in Syria.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Clinton’s comments were ‘totally unacceptable’.
“On the Syria problem, China’s fair and constructive stance and its contributions toward diplomatic efforts have attained the wide understanding and support of relevant parties in the international community,” Liu said in a statement on the ministry’s website.
“Any words and deeds that slander China and sow discord between China and other countries will be in vain.” In her comments to the Friends of Syria meeting, Clinton said the only way matters would change “is if every nation represented here directly and urgently makes it clear that Russia and China will pay a price because they are holding up progress — blockading it.” Russia and China have repeatedly used veto power at the UN Security Council to block calls for Assad to leave power.