BEIJING - China warned other powers on Sunday not to use humanitarian aid for Syria to “interfere” in the strife-torn Middle Eastern country, while urging unity in the UN Security Council after a split with Western powers over the crisis.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry laid out its stance on Syria as the Security Council contemplates a new resolution, after two previous ones were stymied by Chinese and Russian vetoes.

Even China, which has talked up room for compromise between Syrian government and opposition forces, sounded bleak about the unstinting violence.

“It is deeply worrying that the situation in Syria remains grave. Violent clashes are continuing, political dialogue still cannot start, and the prospects of a peaceful settlement to the crisis are still dim,” said the statement from an unnamed “leading official” in China’s Foreign Ministry.

The unusually long five-point statement in English appeared to be Beijing’s effort to lay down its position for any fresh international action authorized by the UN Security Council.