China offers plan on Syria but nixes intervention

A Free Syrian Army fighter stands among protesters during an anti government protest in a town in north Syria, March 2, 2012.
AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

(AP) BEIJING - China is offering a proposal to end the violence in Syria, calling for an immediate end to all violence and talks by all the parties but standing fast against any intervention by outside forces.

The proposal, released by China's Foreign Ministry on Sunday, is part of Beijing's effort to be an active diplomatic partner after it drew heated criticism from the U.S. and others by vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution that it feared would open the door to intervention.

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The proposal displays those concerns. It calls for a cease-fire, negotiations mediated by the U.N. and the Arab League, and humanitarian relief. At the same time, the proposal opposes any outside interference that would attempt to replace Syria's authoritarian government.