China maintains opposition to chemical weapon use in Syria
Hong Lei, the ministry's spokesman, made the comment in response to reports that western countries may organize a tough response to Syria if the government deploys biological or chemical weapons. Hong said that China is firmly opposed to the use, production and development of chemical weapons in any country, ANI reports.
The spokesman said that the country is clearly and consistently opposed to military intervention in Syria. He called on the international community to assume a responsible attitude to come up with a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
On Monday, reports surfaced that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that France is now in discussions with the U.S. and Britain about the potential use of biological or chemical weapons by Bashar al Assad's Syrian regime. Fabius said the response to the action would be blistering and massive, according to ANI.
Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama said that the use of chemical or biological weapons could change the way the country intervenes in the conflict.
"We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is (if) we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized," Obama said, according to Reuters. "That would change my calculus. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people."