On November 26, 2013, Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave an interview to the Xinhua News Agency, expounding China's view on the current Syrian issue. Wang Yi said that China welcomes the Geneva II Conference on the Syrian issue slated for January 22 of next year. The Syrian issue should be solved through political settlement. The goal of the Geneva II Conference should be to discuss political solutions and clarify ways of a political transition. To achieve this, all sides in Syria should seize the current positive trend, strengthen communication, remove obstacles, establish mutual trust and seek common ground. The international community should continue to provide constructive support in this regard. China is ready to make continuous efforts to help the Conference yield results.
Wang Yi said that China has been maintaining contacts with all sides in Syria, and encouraging them to commit themselves to political settlement and to attend the Geneva II Conference with a positive and constructive attitude. Given the complexity of the Syrian issue, the Geneva Conference will be a continuous process. The priority now is to build a negotiation platform for all sides in Syria as soon as possible. Whatever the appeals and concerns are, solutions can be found through dialogue and consultation at the table.
Wang Yi said that China pays close attention to the humanitarian situation in Syria and has, through various channels and in multiple batches, provided humanitarian aid to the best of our ability to the civilians inside and outside the Syrian border. China will continue to do this in the future. China supports the UN's coordination of international efforts in offering humanitarian aid to Syria in line with the principles of humanitarianism, neutrality and justice. Meanwhile, humanitarian means can only alleviate suffering temporarily. Only when the Syrian issue is settled in a complete and overall manner, can the humanitarian situation in Syria be eased by the root.