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China Responds After Israel Strikes Iran

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Earlier this week, Beijing’s top envoy called a comprehensive strategic partner.
China has spoken out on Israel’s airstrike against Iran, a widely anticipated attack that had raised fears of open war between the nations.
“China opposes any act that leads to further escalation of tensions and will continue to play a constructive role in de-escalating the situation,” foreign ministry spokesperson Lin Jian said during a press conference Friday.
Explosions were heard at around 4:00 a.m. local time Friday in the suburbs of the central Iranian city of Isfahan, according to local media. Air defenses were heard firing in the northwestern city of Tabriz.
The country’s army chief Major Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi said air defense systems had fired at “suspicious targets,” which he said caused no damage.
Israeli officials had vowed a response after Iran and allied groups in the region launched an unprecedented attack on Sunday comprising more than 300 missiles and drones.

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