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China Criticizes the U.S. and the Western Countries’ Interference in Libya’s Internal Affairs

On December 5, 2011, Xinhua News Agency’s Outlook Weekly published an article titled “The Facts and the Truth about the Humanitarian Interventions." The article criticized the United States and the Western countries interference in the internal affairs of other countries, such as Libya, Iraq, Kosovo, and Somalia. “These ‘humanitarian interventions’ that the Western powers implement, are, in essence, to seek their political and economic interests in the name of ‘humanitarianism’ and ‘the responsibility to protect.’”

“If the United States, Britain, France, and others had truly intended to avoid an even greater humanitarian disaster, they should have strictly implemented the UN Security Council resolution 1973 (2011) on Libya. By establishing a no-fly zone, on the one hand, they could keep Gaddafi’s government from using their Air Force to attack the rebels and kill civilians. On the other hand, they did not have to support the rebels beyond the resolution. In the meantime, the United Nations could have sent in peacekeeping forces to isolate the two sides and keep them apart from each other, which would probably have stopped the expansion of the civil war and brought the two sides together at the negotiating table to work on a solution. Then, today’s serious humanitarian disaster would not have happened. However, the purpose of the United States, Britain, France, and other Western countries was not to urge the cessation of hostilities, but to achieve a regime change by supporting one party against the other in order to take control of the strategically important land and oil resources in North Africa.”  

Source: Xinhua News Agency’s Outlook Weekly, December 5, 2011