China calls on US to 'end theft of Syria’s national resources'
China has called on the United States to stop plundering Syria’s national resources and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the West Asian country.
“We call on the United States to respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, unilaterally lift sanctions, and end the theft of Syria’s national resources,” China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news briefing.
Wang said “this is not the first time that the United States military has stolen oil from Syria and they seem to be becoming more and more uncontrollable.”
The Chinese spokesman also said the US government has a duty to investigate robberies committed by intervening military forces, as well as to compensate for the damages caused.
The Syrian Oil Ministry said recently that the United States and its proxy terrorist groups pillaged over 80 percent of Syria’s daily crude production in the first half of 2022. According to the ministry’s data, the Syrian oil sector has lost “about 105 billion dollars since the beginning of the conflict until the middle of this year” as a result of the US oil theft campaign.
In August, a leading Chinese newspaper censured the continued plundering of the Syrian oil by the US occupation forces across the Arab country, saying that the looting is a “disgrace and a shame to Washington.”
China Daily made the assertion in an article published on August 13, following reports that a convoy consisting of more than 100 US military tankers had carried thousands of liters of crude oil from the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.