Any unilateral military actions in circumvention of the UN Security Council contradict the UN Charter and principles, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Saturday in the wake of the missile strike by the US and its allies against Syria.
"China has always spoken against the use of military force in international relations and spoken for the respect of the sovereignty of all the states, their independence and territorial integrity," the spokeswoman said.
"Any unilateral military actions in circumvention of the UN Security Council contradict the basic goals and principles of the UN Charter," says the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s statement posted on its website.
"China is calling on all the parties concerned to return to the framework of international law and resolve the problem through dialogue and consultations," the statement reads.
"China believes that political settlement is the sole way out of the Syrian crisis, Hua Chunying said.
The international community supports the UN as the main mediation channel in settling the situation in the country, she said.
Missile strike against Syria
According to data of Russia’s Defense Ministry, the missile strike against Syria’s military and civilian infrastructures was carried out by US planes and naval ships in cooperation with British and French air forces between 03:42 and 05:10 Moscow time on Saturday.