BEIJING Aug 22 China respects the choice of the
Libyan people and hopes the situation in the war-torn country
will stabilise as soon as possible, China's Foreign Ministry
said on Monday, as Libyan rebel fighters clashed with government
forces in Tripoli.
Libyan government tanks shelled parts of central Tripoli on
Monday after rebels swept into the heart of the city and crowds
took to the streets to celebrate what they saw as the end of
Muammar Gaddafi's four decades in power.
Rebel leaders promised last week to honor China's business
contracts in the country and requested China's help in
rebuilding Libya once they ended Gaddafi's more than four-decade
hold on power, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.
(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Ken Wills)