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LIBYA: China could veto no-fly zone proposal in favor of diplomacy

Similar to Russia, China has signaled that it might oppose the imposition of an internationally backed no-fly zone over Libya if fighting continued between protesters and forces loyal to leader Moammar Kadafi, Bloomberg news agency reported Wednesday.

Li Baodong, China’s ambassador to the United Nations, emphasized the need for diplomacy to resolve the crisis, and respect for Libya’s territorial integrity, Bloomberg reported.

 “We believe that this political crisis should be resolved through peaceful means such as dialogue,” Li told reporters at the U.N. in New York, according to Bloomberg. “We respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Libya.”

Li said China would “heed and respect the opinions and positions of Arab countries and African countries.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has described the idea of imposing limits on Libyan air space as “superfluous,” according to the Associated Press. Lavrov said world powers must instead focus on fully using the sanctions approved Feb. 26 by the U.N. Security Council, the AP reported. These sanctions authorize an arms embargo and asset freeze against Kadafi’s regime.

On Wednesday, the League of Arab States said it would not rule out imposing a no-fly zone on Libya in conjunction with the African Union if fighting in Libya failed to abate, according to Reuters news agency. And early this week, Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the international body was “looking at all options,” including the imposition of a no-fly zone.

But as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Russia and China could veto any draft resolution to authorize a no-fly zone.

-- Ann M. Simmons

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the warmongering tyrants of america is worse than china and libya. america needs to be dealt with.

Of course. The government of China is no better than the Libyan government. Both are run by unelected tyrants and remain in office at the point of a gun. They see their own hold on power threatened by the forces yearning to be free. How much longer will the American public support the tyranny in China by buying Chinese made goods? I have been boycotting China for a decade. It is possible to do. You can find just about any product you want made someplace else but China. Read the label folks, and if it's made in China, set it down and buy something else.


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