China urges 'restraint' on Turkey's military operations in Syria
China urged Turkey on Thursday to show "restraint" and stressed that Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected after Turkey launched military operations in northeast Syria on Wednesday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang made the remarks at a regular press conference.
Geng also called for joint efforts by the international community to create favorable conditions for the political settlement on Syria's problems and avoid creating new complex factors.
Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria on Wednesday, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery before starting a cross-border ground operation that could transform an eight-year-old war. It began days after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled American troops out of the way.