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China urges Turkey to ‘stop action’

Beijing: China on Tuesday called on Turkey to stop its military action in northern Syria and “return to the correct way of political resolution”, with Ankara’s operation against Kurdish militants in its seventh day.

Turkey launched an assault last week against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which it sees as a “terrorist” offshoot of Kurdish insurgents in its own territory.

The United States imposed sanctions on Turkey, its NATO ally, in a bid to stop an assault that its own troop withdrawal from the area had triggered but Ankara has shown no sign of relenting.

“The sovereignty, independence, unification, and territorial integrity of Syria should be respected and upheld,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.

“We call on Turkey to stop military action, and return to the correct way of political resolution.”

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