China touts plan for Syrian resolution, Iran pushes arms to Syria

China’s foreign ministry has issued a plan to resolve the crisis in Syria, calling on the government of Bashar al-Assad and “all parties concerned” to “unconditionally cease all acts of violence, particularly violence against innocent civilians.

“China is a responsible country and a friend of the Arab people, including the Syrian people. China adheres to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms governing international relations,” an official said, according to China’s People’s News Daily.

China, which joined with Russia to block an earlier UN resolution demanding Assad reliquish his power, denied it was engaged in “interference” the conflict.

China’s change in diplomatic strategy comes as the Jerusalem Post reports that Iran is increasing aid to Assad’s government and new videos of the aftermath of the assault on Homs reported by CNN purportedly show bodies with bullet wounds to the head.

In a related story, the New York Times chronicles the final days of Anthony Shadid, a respected reporter who died of an allergic reaction while covering the Middle East.

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