BEIJING (AP) -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in Beijing to seek China's backing for his plan for a negotiated end to the bloody conflict in Syria.
Annan, the U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria, arrived after meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow, where he said there was no deadline for ending the Syrian crisis but that it cannot drag on indefinitely.
In Beijing, Annan was meeting with Chinese Foreign Ministry officials and will hold talks later Tuesday with Premier Wen Jiabao.
Annan is proposing a six-point plan to end the bloodshed. He said in Moscow that above all, the Syrian government and opposition must start a political process to resolve the conflict peacefully.
More than 8,000 people have been killed in the yearlong uprising.