President Xi Jinping says a political solution accepted by all parties involved in the Syrian conflict is the only way to solve the two-year-old crisis.
Xi told his Egyptian counterpart, Mohammed Mursi, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday that Beijing would maintain an objective and just position on the issue and support any plan for a solution accepted by all sides, Xinhua reported yesterday. "A political solution is the only way out and [we] hope that all parties in Syria will pursue a solution to issues concerning political transition as soon as possible," he said.
Mursi said Egypt attached great importance to China's positive role in solving the issue.
A researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of West Asian and African Studies, Yin Gang , said Xi was just reiterating China's long-standing position on the issue.
"China has long adhered to the principle that a foreign nation should not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations and insisted that the conflict in Syria should be resolved by the Syrian people themselves," Yin said.
Xi also had talks with the Indian and Brazilian leaders before travelling to the Democratic Republic of Congo today on the last leg of his maiden overseas tour since becoming head of state.
In his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Xi said the world needed the common development of China and India and could provide sufficient room for it.
Xi called on the two sides to "properly handle differences" and to strive for a rational solution to their border row by "making good use of their border negotiators' mechanism to strive for a fair, rational solution framework acceptable to both sides as soon as possible".
He called on the two sides to strengthen strategic and political communication at various levels, such as by broadening exchanges and co-operation between their armed forces and deepening mutual trust in military and security matters.
Singh said his country recognised Tibet as part of Chinese territory and would not allow Tibetans to conduct political activities against China in India.
In his meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Xi said China was ready to work with Brazil to build a new model for bilateral relations amid deepening economic globalisation.
He called on the two countries to tap their advantages, promote trade and investment and enhance co-operation in key sectors. Xi also called for use of the Chinese and Brazilian currencies to be promoted in settling trade accounts between the countries.
Commenting on the BRICS - a group of developing economies that also includes Russia and South Africa - Xi used a Chinese proverb - "those who have the same aspirations and persuasions do not care about the geographic distance separating them with mountains and seas" - to dismiss the view that the group would not work due to members' different economic and social development and geographic separation. "One tree does not make a forest, and we BRICS should not just seek our own development but work for the development of all countries," Xi said.