The draft resolution did not signify any constructive role in advancing the political course in Syria. Superficially, it called for the immediate start of political dialogues. But the outcome of such dialogues was already predictable: the Syrian government would be driven to the corner, while the opposition would be instigated to press for ever greater gains.
This would only drive the parties concerned into standing farther apart from each other and resorting to fiercer violence against each other. What China has advocated is an immediate halt to violence by all parties and the brainstorming by the international community for a well-balanced and constructive political solution with ample room of maneuver for all parties concerned. Nothing but an inclusive solution will bring the parties concerned to the table for political dialogues.
Moreover, the Security Council adoption of a resolution running counter to the principles of the UN charter and allowing for free interpretation would be nothing less than starting the vicious dominoes of foreign armed intervention in the Syrian conflicts. Settlement of disputes through war will not only result in heavy civilian casualties and massive destruction of civic facilities, but also leave Syria with wounds hard to cure thereafter. Libya has served a good example in this regard, where the Security Council resolutions had been overstepped and the Security Council authorization had been abused.
There, what had been originally meant to minimize civilian casualties had actually maximized them and what had been originally meant to arrest humanitarian catastrophes had actually freed more hideous ones. During the six-month war there, at least 25,000 Lybians got killed. Another case is the Iraqi war and the blasts taking place there almost every week over the recent 10 years. No one can tell the exact number of people killed there so far. Should a similar situation be allowed to develop in Syria?
–DR. QU XING, PRESIDENT OF THE CHINA INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES.
Full text of Qu’s argument against China’s rationale concerning Syria here.