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China Criticizes Syria Strikes as Netanyahu Arrives in Country for Visit

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted vy children while on his visit to China May 6, 2013. Photo: Israel GPO.

Times of Israel – When Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived in Shanghai Monday hailing Israel-China trade relations, Beijing appeared to be rebuking Israel for attacking its neighbor to the north.

“We oppose the use of military force and believe any country’s sovereignty should be respected,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in a briefing, avoiding mentioning the Jewish state by name. “China also calls on all relevant parties to begin from the basis of protecting regional peace and stability, maintain restraint and avoid taking any actions that would escalate tensions and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability,” Hua said.

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