China has said that it is considering sending observers to monitor a week-old truce in Syria, that has so far failed to put an end to a year of bloodshed.
China is "seriously studying" the idea, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told a daily news briefing.
Syrian troops have shelled the central city of Homs in an apparent violation of an internationally brokered ceasefire, activists said.
Five protesters killed in Syria and UN envoys meet to vote on a resolution authorising the deployment of 30 UN observers to the country.
The UN is drafting a resolution to enable 30 unarmed observers to monitor the fragile ceasefire in Syria.