|China state media casts wary eye at Washington’s Syria intel, urges world to be not led astray
State media warned the West against military strikes on Syria as momentum mounted for President Bashar al-Assad's forces to be punished over an alleged chemical weapons attack.
In an editorial headed “No excuse for strikes,’’ the state-run China Daily said the US and its Western allies were “acting as judge, jury and executioner.’’
“Any military intervention into Syria would have dire consequences for regional security and violate the norms governing international relations,'' it said, adding such a move “will only exacerbate the crisis and could have unforeseen and unwelcome consequences.’’
Making a comparison with the war in Iraq, it said the international community should not allow “itself to be led by the nose by US intelligence, which after all was responsible for claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.’’
China is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and holds the veto power, AFP reports.
Washington has already said a proposed UN resolution that could have given an assault a legal foundation was going nowhere, blaming Russia.
In an unsigned commentary, the Global Times, which is close to the ruling Communist Party, added that Washington lacked “a clear political end goal.’’
“Citing 'moral obscenity' as an excuse to gear up for military action seems rash and hasty,'' it said.
If strikes do take place, it added that “it is necessary for Russia and Iran to consider providing direct military aid’’ to Assad's government.
Beijing has called for a “cautious'' approach to the crisis. Foreign Minister Wang Yi backed a UN investigation to “find out the truth as soon as possible.’’
All parties “should avoid interfering in the investigation work or prejudging the results of the probes,’’ he told Xinhua Wednesday.