China said today it respects the decision of the Libyan people and that it expects the situation to stabilize as soon as possible after the rebel troops took the center of Tripoli and said they had ended the regime of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi after four decades of dictatorship.
“China respects the choice of the Libyan people and hopes that the situation is stabilized as soon as possible so that people can return to normal,” said Jiang Yu, spokesman of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement.
Beijing, close to Gaddafi’s regime for its need for oil and other natural resources in recent months received both government representatives and Libyan rebel opposition, and abstained from voting on the UN resolution to create a no-fly zone over the African country.
“China is willing to join the international community, in order to play an active role in future reconstruction” of Libya, Jiang concluded in the statement, published today in the ministerial website.
Analysts have justified the ambivalence of China due to Beijing’s major investments in the North African country’s natural resources, valued at 18,000 million dollars, and the 35,000 Chinese citizens working before being evacuated to the civil conflict started in February.
The words of the spokeswoman come a week after the Libyan rebels asked the Asian giant for help in rebuilding their country and commitment to respect the agreement that Gaddafi had closed with Beijing, reported official news agency Xinhua.
According to financial newspaper the “Securities Daily” published today, China’s state’s largest oil company, CNPC, has been forced to cancel six exploration projects in Libya and Niger in the amount of $187 million due to civil unrest in those countries.
Both CNPC as Sinopec and CNOOC state also have investments in these African countries.