Chemical weapons 'excuse for U.S. to intervene in Syria', says Chinese state media

  • Chinese state media has accused U.S. President Barack Obama of planning to use Syria's chemical weapons as an excuse for military intervention.

    State news agency Xinhua expressed the view following a warning from Obama that Syria would be crossing a "red line" if it tried to use such weapons.

    "Once again, Western powers are digging deep for excuses to intervene militarily," it said.

    The comments come a day after Russia warned the West against unilateral action on Syria.

    Russia, along with China, has opposed military intervention in Syria throughout the 17-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. They have vetoed three United Nations Security Council resolutions backed by Western and Arab states designed to put pressure on Damascus to end the violence.

    According to the United Nations, more than 18,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which is now affecting neighboring Lebanon and Turkey.