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China FM urges US to stop plundering Syrian oil resources

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson has urged the United States to give the Syrian people and the international community a full account of its oil theft.

Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a news briefing in response to reports that the illegal US military presence in Syria used 53 tankers to steal oil resources from Syria to the US military bases in Iraq.

This is according to official figures from the Syrian government, that more than 80 percent of Syria’s daily oil production was illegally smuggled by the US military in the first half of 2022, Wang said.

Earlier this month, the US military used 60 tankers and trucks to smuggle Syrian oil and wheat, adding that US banditry is exacerbating the energy crisis and humanitarian disaster in Syria.

Wang continued “The Syrian people’s right to life is being ruthlessly trampled on by the United States”.

The level of US greed in stealing resources from Syria is as striking as its “generosity” in giving out military aid often in the amount of billions or even tens of billions of dollars.

Whether the US gives or takes, it plunges other countries into turmoil and disaster, and the United States gets to reap the benefits for its hegemony and other interests.

This is the result of the country’s so-called “rules-based order.”

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas