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Beijing’s Media Machine Runs Articles Opposing Allied Strikes in Libya

Even though Beijing abstained from voting on U.N. resolution 1973, since Saturday March 19, when the U.S. and allied forces started launching missiles and conducting air strikes against Libyan government forces, Chinese official media have run nonstop criticism against the military intervention. One March 22 Xinhua article titled “Western Forces Continue Air strikes in Tripoli; Anti-war Voices Rise in the International Community,” gives a list of countries (Russia, Turkey, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, South Africa, Argentina, and Gabon) that are part of the anti-war camp; it also highlights the civilian deaths from the air strikes and suggests that the military intervention is for the purpose of occupation to obtain oil and gas resources.

Source: Xinhua, March 22, 2011