China views Taiwan as a renegade province to be retaken with force if necessary, and says it should not be recognised or treated as a separate country.
Playing down dismissive comments by Bashar al-Assad, UN mediators said Syria peace talks in Geneva should prosper from the recent deal and a tighter format.
The president of the Syrian National Coalition said those reportedly released were not political prisoners but mostly criminal convicts, especially those jailed for drug crimes.
Basma Kodmani said opposition armed groups were backing the proposal, which would revive the “cessation of hostilities” that began at the end of February and applied to all groups except for Islamic State and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.
The smugglers came from the same countries as the migrants, but often had EU residence permits or passports.
Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said that the price for divisive rhetoric would be paid by innocent people falling victim to violent acts, not by politicians.
The opposition says they are willing to take less than half the seats on the transitional body, as long as it satisfied Syrians and brought a political solution.
The next round of peace talks must be concrete in the direction of a political process leading to a real beginning of a political transition, said Staffan de Mistura.