China says it may send envoys over Syria violence

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Posted: Feb 07, 2012 3:11 AM
China says it may send envoys over Syria violence

China says it is considering sending envoys to discuss ways to end the violence in Syria.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin reiterated Tuesday that China wants the violence resolved through dialogue and said Beijing was considering sending officials to West Asian and North African countries to push forward a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

China has already defended its veto this past weekend of a U.N. vote on Syria, saying the vote was called before differences in the resolution were bridged.

China and Russia drew the wrath of the United States, Europe and much of the Arab world for the veto. The U.S. and others say the veto blocked a U.N. attempt to end the bloodshed and raises fears the violence will escalate.