Beijing warned against military intervention at a “crucial phase” in the Syrian conflict, urging countries not to jump to conclusions over the alleged chemical attack in Douma in Damascus province, as the US and its allies are considering a strike against Damascus.
Chinese Foreign Ministry called for conducting a “comprehensive, objective and impartial investigation” into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, warning of the consequences of the use of force on the basis of accusations, Middle East News reported.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said that before a “comprehensive, impartial and objective investigation” had been conducted into the incident, no party should “prejudge the results and come to conclusions randomly”.
He added that his country was “opposed to the wanton use of force or threat of force” and that “military means will lead us nowhere”.
Damascus and Moscow have both vehemently denied any involvement in the reported chemical attack. Initial US assessments have also been unable to conclusively link the attack with the Syrian government or its allies.