China ‘to provide aid, enhance military training’ in Syria – top army official

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Russia Today, Moscow
China ‘to provide aid, enhance military training’ in Syria – top army official

Beijing and Damascus have agreed that the Chinese military will provide humanitarian aid to Syria, a high-ranking People’s Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors has also been discussed.

Director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China’s Central Military Commission, Guan Youfei, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday for talks with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij, Chinese Xinhua news agency reported.

During the negotiation, Guan noted China’s consistent diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, adding that Beijing is now seeking closer military ties with Damascus.

“The Chinese and Syrian militaries traditionally have a friendly relationship, and the Chinese military is willing to keep strengthening exchanges and cooperation with the Syrian military,” he said.

Guan and al-Freij discussed the enhancement of training and “reached a consensus” on the Chinese military providing humanitarian aid to Syria, Xinhua reported, without providing further details.

According to the agency, Guam also met with a Russian general during his visit to the Syrian capital.

China has been operating in Syria alongside Russia and Iran in a “discreet manner” but now the time has come to “openly” step up anti-terrorist efforts, believes political analyst Roula Talj.

“We will see more involvement of China, of Iran and Russia. They will go [in] stronger after ISIS, especially after Russia-US talks. I do not think the US will have any chance to oppose the interference of these allies. The US president or any candidate will have to answer their own public[’s] opinion, so it is good for them that someone else is doing the dirty job,” Roula Talj told RT.


“In the face of their own public[’s] opinion they have to be grateful that somebody else is cleaning the mess they had created, especially as ISIS is getting stronger every day inside of Europe. Of course, they are not extremely happy to see the BRICS countries taking over.”

Meanwhile political expert Qin Duo Xu does not foresee any “deep involvement” of the Chinese military in Syria, but says it could be a “significant” first step for China to “get involved in the Syrian situation.”

“There are chances that this cooperation will increase a lot,” he told RT. “At least China can provide more support or diplomatic cover in terms of cracking down [on] terrorists or some rebel groups that are really extremist in nature.”

“If you look at the Chinese media, Chinese public opinion, [you will see] that [the] absolute majority is siding with the Syrian government and support[s] Russian military involvement. China has its own problems with terrorists: At least 100 Chinese citizens are fighting alongside with rebels and Islamic State against the Syrian government,” he added. “That is why China does support Russian involvement, does support Syrian government’s efforts in [the] fight against terrorists.”

Despite being a permanent UN Security Council member and relying on the Middle East for oil, China was previously reluctant to become involved in the Syrian conflict.

Beijing preferred to concentrate on domestic affairs and the territorial dispute with its neighbors in the South China Sea.

It praised Moscow’s anti-terrorism efforts in Syria as Russia staged a bombing campaign there in September 2015 to March 2016. Russia still has some of its forces in the country to provide humanitarian and military assistance to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

Last year, there were reports that China was sending dozens of military advisers to Syria to help the country fight terrorists.

Syria has been engulfed in civil war since 2011, with the government fighting a number of rebel groups, in addition to terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. on the downside, China secretly “owned” by UK interests (rothschilds?!) since the opium war days when they were pummeled into submission. the nafta-gatt and corporate welfare handouts to her majesty’s company nicknames so they could move to China with US paying for our own unemployment with their “national deficit trickery”, has me VERY cynical about everything. they sabotaged OUR economy to boost the China they now try to demonize as some kind of enemy? these games need ending.

  2. China moving through all the correct channels and welcomed no doubt….. leaving America to take care of America

  3. About time China’s lays her cards down. It is so important for China, and Russia (Iran too) to show the west they are true allies. The west’s assault on Russia is all about banking, and the dollar. This is a world economy and very complex. England and America use tax dollars (or just print it) to wage war across the world (900 US bases) to in prop up their economic power, and to tighten London, and Wall street’s strangle hold on all other nations. So, Go China Go.

  4. On a more serious note. The Chinese ?. Great sufferin’ sugar sacks ! Who’d want to face them. Historically, I read, the Russians have always feared them.. and they don’t scare too easy, despite Vlad’s modest demeanour.

  5. Robert Ford, eh ? A name of ill omen if ever there was one. He’d better watch out for Dougie Mortimer, aka the Colonel. He and Jesse were as thick as thieves. Oh, wait a minute…

  6. “Syria has been engulfed in civil war since 2011”

    Mr Greenhalgh, you sound like many others who are pushing this lie. This was never a Syrian civil war and being a VT writer of people, you should know that. It’s insulting enough having agenda pushers claim that, but I expect VT writers to call it by what it is, an invasion.

    • I did not write that, it was written by the author of the article for RT. The conflict in Syria is not simply an invasion, nor is it just a civil war, it has elements of both.

    • Okay, my sincere apology Mr Greenhalgh, I jumped the gun. Now to my knowledge, Syria was going through political reforms in early 2010, the opposition was demanding those reforms take place immediately cause they were inpatient, so they started those protests, something that would never have been allowed before. That war criminal Robert Ford jumped at the opportunity and got involved in early 2011 when he was the U.S. Ambassador for Syria, he fomented the “revolution” and organised the snipers during one of the protests (since copied in Ukraine) and the shipment of weapons and we all know the rest. If it weren’t for outside interference, Syria would never have been in this mess, hence why I disagree it’s not a civil war.

    • No apology necessary, I always welcome civil debate! I also happen to agree with you on the nature of the Syrian conflict. I suppose it is a bit semantic to discuss what to label it, certainly it is not a conventional civil war but it has elements of a civil war as Syrian is fighting Syrian in some instances, although the majority of the headchoppers are foreign.

    • Beydety, There has always been a civil war aspect to is as there has always been opposition to Assad. So you have both a civil war (most of it foreign backed, and the terror proxy war going on, funded and logistically supported by a number of UN members, all of them in violations of their memberships, which the UN has never made much of an issue as the Security Council runs the show and the US staff one notch above running for coffee and delivering messages.

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