March 27th, 2012
03:31 AM ET

Kofi Annan visits China to discuss Syrian crisis as reports of deaths mount

U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Beijing on Tuesday to rally support in helping end the bloodshed in Syria.

Annan's visit to China comes after a stop in Russia, the other country that has stymied U.N. Security Council attempts to condemn the Syrian regime.

During his two-day trip to China, Annan will meet with foreign ministry officials, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Both China and Russia have said they want the violence to stop but argued that draft resolutions by Security Council peers were not evenhanded. Both countries have major trade ties with Syria, but have said they are not trying to protect a regime.

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