Iraq war anniversary-China issues wishes

CNC reporting from Beijing
Added On March 21, 2013

Ten years ago, the United States and its allied forces began the invasion of Iraq, and eventually toppled the then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Recently, a series of deadly bombing attacks shocked Iraq, causing heavy casualties.

At a regular press briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei expressed China's wishes to the west Asian country.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): HONG LEI, Foreign Ministry spokesman
"China consistently supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq. We hope relevant parties can strengthen unity, in order to safeguard and promote the stability and development of the country. China advocates compliance with the UN Charter and basic norms of international relations in dealing with regional affairs."

The spokesman also said China will support Iraq in reconstruction, both in politics and the economy.

It will continue to work with the international community to help the country achieve safety, stability and development.