China's government appeared to move closer to accepting a rebel takeover of Libya, praising the rebel leadership group in a statement Wednesday and saying it hoped the 'new regime' will help restore stability in the war-torn North African nation.
The brief statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry stopped short of explicitly recognizing the National Transitional Council as Libya's new government, but came closer than a previous statement on Monday.
'The Chinese side has closely followed the major changes in Libya's political situation, respects the will of the Libyan people, and hopes Libya will realize a smooth transition of political power,' said the statement, posted on the ministry's website. 'We have consistently attached importance to the significant role of the 'National Transitional Council' in solving Libya's problems, and maintained relations with it. We hope in the future the new regime takes effective measures to consolidate the power of all factions, and to resume normal social order as soon as possible, to help begin political and economic reconstruction, and enable the Libyan people to quickly resume happy and stable lives.'
中国外交部发表的这份简短声明没有明确承认全国过渡委员会(National Transitional Council)为利比亚新政府，但比周一发表的前一份声明更接近于承认。