Sun, 08 Jul 2012 03:45:01 GMT | By IANS

China terms its criticism by Clinton over Syria unacceptable

Beijing, July 8 (IANS)Beijing has described US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of China at the latest Friends of Syria meeting as "unacceptable", Xinhua reported.

China terms its criticism by Clinton over Syria unacceptable

On Friday, Clinton criticised China and Russia, saying both the countries should be told that they would pay a price for their support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

She said Russia and China were "holding up progress" in a settlement to the 16-month crisis, describing their stances as "no longer tolerable".

On Saturday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin during a regular press conference said: "China is not impeding the process of resolving the Syrian issues."

"On the contrary, China has made an important contribution to safeguarding the UN Charter, the basic norms governing international relations, the peace and stability of the region and the fundamental interests of the Syrian people as well as pursuing a political solution to the Syrian issues," Liu added.

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