Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu’s Remarks on China’s Recognition of the Libyan National Transitional Council

On September 12, China notified the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) of China’s decision to recognize it. China stated that the Chinese side respects the choice of the Libyan people, values the important status and role of the NTC, and has maintained close contact with it. China recognizes the NTC as the ruling authority of Libya and the representative of the Libyan people and would like to work with it to push for the smooth transition and development of China-Libya relations. China hopes that the previously signed treaties and agreements between the two sides will remain valid and be earnestly implemented.

The NTC said that the Libyan people and the NTC are happy at China’s recognition and has long been looking forward to it. Attaching great importance to China’s status and role, the NTC will honor faithfully all treaties and agreements signed between the two sides, stick to the one China policy, welcome China’s participation in Libya’s reconstruction and jointly advance with China the stable and sustained development of bilateral relations.