China calls for 'cautious' approach on Syria chemical weapons
BEIJING (AFP) - China called for a "cautious" approach to the Syrian chemical weapons crisis on Monday, as pressure grows for international action in the wake of an alleged gas attack near Damascus.
"All parties should handle the chemical weapons issue cautiously to avoid interfering in the overall direction of solving the Syria issue through political settlement," Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a statement on the ministry's website.
Beijing backed a UN investigation to "find out the truth as soon as possible", he said.
Mr Wang made the comments as the West mulled possible military action against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.