China says Syria strike would hurt world economy

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China's Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao attends a briefing at the G20 Summit in Strelna near St. Petersburg
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China's Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao attends a briefing at the G20 Summit in Strelna near St. Petersburg, September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mikhail Kireev/RIA Novosti/Pool

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - China warned on Thursday that a military strike on Syria would hurt the global economy, in particular by causing oil prices to rise, and reiterated its calls for a political solution to the civil war.

"Military action would have a negative impact on the global economy, especially on the oil price - it will cause a hike in the oil price," Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao told a briefing on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Douglas Busvine)

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