January 6, 2020 / 7:30 AM / 19 days ago

China says U.S. military interventionism aggravates Middle East tension

BEIJING, Jan 6 (Reuters) - China criticised the United States for aggravating tension in the Middle East through its military interventionism over the standoff between Washington and Tehran and urged all parties to exercise restraint to ensure peace and stability.

Beijing also urges the U.S. not to abuse its force, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily briefing on Monday.

Asked about President Donald Trump’s threat of sanctions against Iraq, Geng said China opposed wanton use of the threat of sanctions. (Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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