Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Beijing, capital of China, March 30, 2011. Sarkozy arrived in Beijing Wednesday afternoon to attend a seminar on the international monetary system. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
BEIJING, March 30 (Xinhua) -- History has repeatedly shown that the use of force is not an answer to problems, but only makes them more complicated, Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Beijing Wednesday in reference to the recent events in Libya.
"Dialogue and other peaceful means are the ultimate solutions to problems," Hu said during a meeting with visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The Libyan situation has captured international attention and China is greatly concerned about the situation, Hu said, adding that China believes that the UN Security Council's resolution on Libya aims to quell violence and protect civilians.
"If military action brings disaster to civilians and causes a humanitarian crisis, then it runs counter to the purpose of the UN resolution," Hu said.
"We have noticed that some countries and regional organizations have raised proposals and suggestions in solving the Libya crisis, which did not lack constructive ideas," Hu said.
Hu said China believes it is in the interests of all concerned parties to positively respond to these proposals.
Stressing China's support of political efforts to ease the tension in Libya, Hu said China has called on relevant parties to immediately cease fire, seek peaceful ways to solve problems and avoid more civilian casualties.
Hu said China believes that the independence, sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity of a country should be respected and that China is against the use of force in international affairs.
Sarkozy said France also hopes to resolve the Libyan crisis through political and diplomatic means.
"As the meeting came on the heels of an international conference on Libya, President Hu took the opportunity of the meeting to elaborate China's stance on the issue," said He Wenping, a scholar with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.