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Chinese Newspaper Wags Finger At U.S. And Russia Over Syria

China's state-run People's Daily has accused the United States and Russia of using the conflict in Syria as a proxy for reigniting a Cold War. In a commentary signed "Zhong Sheng" ("Voice of China"), the daily called for a peaceful diplomatic settlement to the crisis.

"The United States and the Soviet Union employed a variety of diplomatic, economic and military actions on the soil of third countries to try to increase their influence," the piece said. "It's an old scene from the Cold War."

Chinese authorities have previously warned against interfering in Syria's internal issues, but the People's Daily article used surprisingly strong language directed at both Washington and Moscow. "The international community, especially large countries with major influence, must fully recognize the critical, urgent necessity to reach a political solution to the Syria issue," the newspaper said.

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