May 30th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

Force against al-Assad regime a no-go for Russia, China

As world anger mounted toward the Syrian regime Wednesday after the Houla massacre last week, Russia and China staunchly renewed their opposition to military intervention in the volatile nation.

"China opposes military intervention and does not support forced regime change," said Liu Weimin, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman. "The fundamental route to resolving the Syrian issue is still for all sides to fully support Annan's mediation efforts and push all the relevant parties to carry out diplomatic dialogue."

"One cannot take decisions on military operations in Syria by being guided by only emotions," Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported, quoting Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov.

More than 100 people, including many children, died in Houla on Friday, a suburb of the anti-government bastion of Homs in western Syria.

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  1. saywhat

    Unlike Tunisia, Libya and Egypt where we saw more or less unified opposition to a regime ( Egypt's was exemplary).
    In Syria its more those countries which have always felt this country an obstacle to their designs, that are responsible for the current situation.
    Russia which has almost drawn a line in the sand, if you will, to keep the western alliance from threatening its national security and geo-political interests may take a hard stand here.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Spectator

    Why care what the red army thinks. We should do what is right. Syria must have something they want really bad. This should make us think hard what that could be.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arnold

      We now have a Houlacaust in Syria. The world community has to have some swift and effective means of preventing such abuses of power. Our response is pathetic. Let us solve the Assad problem right away.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • shahin2102

      For a minute there I thought you actually cared about the Syrian people.
      Typical American thing to say: "must have something they really want, this hsould make us think hard what that would be"...

      May 31, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Johnny Cage

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    May 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mickey1313

    What a shock the, the 2 most brutal and corrupt nations on earth don't want to stop the massacre of children. If they supported regime change, they may have to accept that they both need violent regime change as well. Americans, STOP BUYING CHINESE PRODUCTS!!!!!!

    May 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • AfisFis

      ironic how you condemn the murder of children, yet speak of 'violent' regime change so nonchalantly

      May 31, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. mickey1313

    fact that the UN ever let these 2 corrupt nations be a part of the international discourse in the first place is sad. We should have nothing to do with them. And force American companies out of China or facade heavy tariffs, like 200% . Corporate greed is the soul reason China has the teeth it has, forced out the greed and weaken China to the point of collapse.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    China and Russia don;t have a great human rights record but nobody surpasses the Muslim theocracies in tis lack of concern for human life! This is a civil war! Russia and China trade with this country and have military ties, etc...what do we expect? Western countries aren't wanted and efforts at interventions in the past have shown to be expensive and futile. The Muslims themselves won't intervene on behalf of other Muslims...even when kids are being killed, so why would any hated western nation want to jump in...makes no sense – but it's no less abominable to see this slaughter happen!

    May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bermille

      We don't have a great human rights record either.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    We are into China too much to force anything on them. We owe them millions of dollars if not billions. Not to mention how much of the US that China owns. Our hands are kinda tied here. Thats what happens when you sleep with the enemy.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • AfisFis

      'millions of dollars if not billions' ? Try 1.2 trillion

      May 31, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eric

    Why does it matter that China and Russia oppose intervention??? They are defending murders, if they even considered stepping in Allied with the Assad regime, during a western intervention, it would delegitimize their countries throughout the free world! that would make them true supporters and promoters of murder! Are we seriously allowing the faces of oppression to determine our actions??? Which way is the globe spinning??

    May 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr Dalloway

    The international community has to be very mindful as to what other regime would step in to fill the void of a felled Syrian government.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |

    Russia and China both are following the UN protocalls and are acting within the original Charter.
    They know that given leeway the US and its Nato allies would expand both by air conflict and boots upon the ground.
    The Saudis are doing quite well at destroying Syrian sovereignty and are quite willing to fund the regime change.
    That by destroying they hope to wrsken Iran ad well plays rihht in line with US/Israel and NATO needs is a win win in the Saudi/Arab despots eyes as well.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |