On April 14, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that China had “opposed to the use of force” in Syria, in a clear hint to the missile strike on the country that had been carried out by the US, the UK and France. Chunying also expressed that any actions without approval by the UN Security Council would only further complicate the situation in Syria.
“We consistently oppose the use of force in international relations, and advocate respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all countries,” Chunying said in a statement, according to Channel News Asia.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also called on all sides to solve peacefully the Syrian issue using the international law only.
“China believes that a political solution is the only realistic way out for the Syrian issue … China urges all the relevant parties to return to the framework of international law and to resolve the issue through dialogue and consultation.”
Initially, China had a more neutral stance regarding the alleged chemical attack in the Duma district. However, it changed when the US and its allies decided to take military actions against the Damascus government right before the beginning of the international investigation, without an authorization by the US Security Council.
Turkey on the other side praised the military strike by the US and its allies. Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim described the strike on Syria, on April 15, as “positive” but noted that it was a “late response,” according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency
“It is a late response to the regime and vile murderers, who caused the atrocity in the region … The Syrian regime has been doing the same thing for seven years. The West suddenly remembered the suffering of people when chemical weapon was used,” Anadolu Agency quoted Yildirim as saying at the Sixth Ordinary Congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
While Turkey praised the military strike on Syria, observers argue that it didn’t play any role in provoking it, unlike what it did during the Khan Shaykhun incident in 2017. This fact echoes a shift in Turkey’s stand on Syria.