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After abstaining on UN Syria vote, China backs political fix

Associated Press logo Associated Press 13/04/2017
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint press conference with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Thursday, April 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) © The Associated Press Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint press conference with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Thursday, April 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

BEIJING — China's foreign minister said Thursday that the conflict in Syria needs to be addressed through a political settlement after Beijing abstained from a U.N. resolution condemning the reported use of chemical weapons by Syria's government.

The resolution brought by Britain, France and the United States was vetoed by Russia on Wednesday.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said a political settlement is the "only reliable and right way" to handle Syria. He called on the U.S. and Russia to improve communication to avoid further confrontation after Russia sharply criticized last week's U.S. bombing of a Syrian air base.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters Thursday that China condemns the use of chemical weapons but revisions were needed to the U.N. Security Council resolution for it to secure international backing.

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