China calls for dialogue over Zimbabwe issue

July 17th, 2008 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 17 (Xinhua) China Thursday renewed its call for diplomatic dialogue and negotiations with Zimbabwe to solve the political and economic crisis in the south African country. “China insists political dialogue and negotiations are the only correct path to solve the Zimbabwe crisis,” foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a press conference here Thursday.

Jianchao made the remarks when asked to comment on the US’ dissatisfaction on China’s veto against a proposed sanction on the Zimbabwean government of President Robert Mugabe.

“China and the US hold a different stance on this issue. I believe that the US side is very clear on China’s attitude.” He said, adding that “it is natural that China and the US have different opinions on different international issues.”

China vetoed last week a US-drafted resolution in the UN Security Council that would have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe over the country’s presidential run-off election in late June.

Mugabe was sworn in president for another five years early this month following the run-off election he alone contested. Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai boycotted the election over attacks on his supporters.

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