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The Chinese regime is defending its rejection of a UN resolution that condemns the Syrian government's violent crackdown on dissenters and presses Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Syrian to step down. The move has been sharply criticized by other countries on the UN Security Council, including the US Secretary of State and Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary.
Content: The Chinese regime defended its highly controversial veto of a UN resolution that would have called for Syrian President Bashar al Assad to leave power—even as other countries on the UN Security Council denounced the veto.
A spokesman for the Chinese regime's Foreign Ministry, Liu Weimin, told reporters that China chose to veto the resolution because it did not think it would resolve the violence in Syria.
But the other members of the UN Security Council—save Russia who also vetoed the resolution—were livid. US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called the veto a "travesty" and suggested that China and Russia now have blood on their hands as the civilian death toll in Syria continues to rise under the Assad government's violent crackdown on dissents.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, Osamu Fujimura, criticized the Security Council—of which it is a member—for not being unified on the Syria issue.
[Osamu Fujimura, Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary]:
"The suppression which has killed more than 5400 people since March last year is continuing, and it is very disappointing that the UN Security Council, which consists of members that have responsibilities in the international community, has failed to send a strong and unified message to condemn such an inhumane and undemocratic situation."
Japan was one of the thirteen members of the UN Security Council that voted for the resolution.