China calls for calm and restraint over Turkey-Syria Tensions

China called for calm and restraint on Monday after Turkey had accused Syria of having shot one of its military reconnaissance planes in international airspace without warning.

The Turkish government held a meeting today in Ankara concerning the Incident and called for a NATO meeting to adopt a position with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the Syrian intervention as an “unacceptable act”.

“China has noted the information on the issue and is closely monitoring the development,” said the spokesman of Chinese Foreign Ministry Hong Lei at the daily briefing of the ministry.

“The regional situation is currently very complicated and sensitive. We hope that parties concerned will exercise calm and restraint and go through diplomatic channels to reach an appropriate solution.”

The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the plane was clearly identified as Turkish and refused to believe that Syria says it has failed to identify the plane before firing.