Sunday, May 6, 2012

Syrian opposition leader heads to China for talks amid violence

(CNN) -- The head of a Syrian leading opposition political group arrives in China for talks Sunday amid violence in the Middle East nation despite a cease-fire implemented last month.

Burhan Ghalioun, president of the Syrian National Council, will meet foreign ministry officials during the visit ending Wednesday, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Despite the visit, China has not changed its stance on Syria, a foreign ministry official said.

China and Russia derailed a U.N. Security Council resolution this year demanding an end to attacks on peaceful protesters in Syria, a position that sparked international outrage.

China has said it does not support forced regime change and called on Syrians to decide their own fate. Read More