A top leader in the movement trying to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is in Beijing this week for talks, but China says it's not taking sides in the dispute.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Mahmoud Jibril, chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council, would be in Beijing Tuesday and Wednesday this week. A spokesman for the Chinese ministry said the visit was part of China's effort to help find a solution in Libya. China, which earlier this month hosted Libya's foreign minister, has a big financial stake in the outcome, largely because of oil. Around 35,000 Chinese workers, mainly employed in oil, were reportedly evacuated from Libya when fighting broke out.