China recognises new Libyan government

AFP , Monday 12 Sep 2011

China formally becomes final UN Security Council Member to recognise the Libyan National Transitional Council

China on Monday formally recognised the National Transitional Council (NTC) as Libya's government after the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China earlier this month acknowledged the former rebels as "significant" but had remained the only member of the United Nations Security Council not to give formal recognition after Tripoli fell to anti-Gaddafi forces three weeks ago.

Beijing "officially recognised the... NTC of Libya as the ruling authority and representative of the Libyan people", the English service of the official newswire said late Monday, without immediately giving further details.

The Asian giant has billions invested in rail, oil and telecoms in Libya. It opposed NATO airstrikes during the uprising against Gaddafi and has said the United Nations should lead post-war reconstruction there.

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