The official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party has accused the West of provoking a civil war in Syria.
In a front page commentary, the People's Daily said that Western support of Syria's opposition would lead to "large-scale civil war".
In that case armed intervention would become unavoidable, it added.
A Syrian opposition activist in Homs has called for women and children to flee from the heavily bombarded area of Baba Amr.
Hadi Abdallah told the AFP news agency that residents of the suburb were living in cold and "unsustainable" conditions, and that they were "awaiting death".
Activists say government forces are strengthening their siege of Homs, where hundreds of opposition fighters are believed to be holding out.
Boycott callPresident Bashar al-Assad is pressing ahead with his plan to hold a referendum this Sunday on a new constitution for Syr
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