Beijing: Expressing confidence of retaining its close ties with Middle East nations hit by unrest, China has said it is not seeking to compete with the US in exerting influence in the troubled regions.

"The US' values and interests clashed (in the regional chaos in the Middle East) this time, and it chose to protect its interests," said China's envoy to the Middle East, Wu Sike.

"Beijing is not trying to surpass Washington in exerting influence in the Middle East...There is no need for comparisons or to think that as the US goes down, China will necessarily fill the void," Wu was quoted as saying by the state-run China Daily on Monday.

"Beijing has long got along well with Arab countries, avoided intervening in their domestic affairs and respected their peoples' choices," he said.

With the current strengthening of the business ties (between China and Middle East) that have already benefited both sides, Wu said the relationship has a "solid and deep" basis.

"But our not intervening in their affairs does not mean we don't care about them. We will keep advocating for the adoption of peaceful ways to solve the problems in order to avoid the losses that excessive turbulences would subject the region and world to," said Wu, who is also a member of the advisory body National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Washington's support for discarding former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, a long-term strategic ally of the US, "hurt and disappointed" both Arab leaders and America's other allies in the region, he said.

The regional riots are likely to continue for a time and may result in further political reform in some countries, but will possibly not lead to a "fourth oil crisis" for the region, as some media have predicted, he said.

"This is essentially still about the domestic problems of some countries," he said, adding that circumstances are unique for every Arab country.

(Agencies)