Assad Aide Flies to China for Talks

    This image made from amateur video released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and accessed Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, purports to show a Free Syrian Army soldier after firing a recoilless rifle during clashes with Syrian government forces at the village of Mukhtariya in the suburbs of Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Syrian Observatory for Human Rights via AP video) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS HANDOUT PHOTO

    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights via AP Video / AP Photo

    One of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s top aides flew to China on Tuesday for talks as Chinese officials insisted they would attempt to implement the proposed United Nation’s six-point peace plan. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said hosting Syrian official Bouthaina Shaaban is in line with China’s “above-mentioned work by the Chinese side”—and said they are considering hosting the opposition at some point in the future. China and Russia have vetoed U.N. resolutions against the Syrian regime during the violent crackdown that has reportedly left tens of thousands dead. U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos arrived in Syria on Tuesday to help distribute humanitarian aid, while Reuters reported veteran fighters of Libya’s civil war have arrived in Syria to join the opposition.

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