Thursday, 18 August 2016

China Sides With Russia In Syrian War, Will Provide "Aid And Military Training" To Assad

Beijing and Damascus have agreed that the Chinese military will have closer ties with Syria, and provide humanitarian aid to the civil war torn nation, a high-ranking People's Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors has also been discussed, according to Xinhua.

As has been historically the case, China tends to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, namely the United States, Britain, France and Russia, while relying on the region for oil supplies. But lately, for unknown reasons, China has been trying to get more involved, including sending envoys to help push for a diplomatic resolution to the violence there and hosting Syrian government and opposition figures according to Reuters.

The 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, Xinhua added.
Guan said China had consistently played a positive role in pushing for a political resolution in Syria.
"China and Syria's militaries have a traditionally friendly relationship, and China's military is willing to keep strengthening exchanges and cooperation with Syria's military," the news agency paraphrased Guan as saying.

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.

As to who China will side with, it should come as little surprise that the answer is "not the US."

This is long overdue but much more needs to be done. Both Russia and China, in addition to logistical and air support for Syrian Army Forces, could deploy divisional artillery elements to the war zone. This would increase the level of fire support for Syrian forces without directly putting the Russians and Chinese on the front lines. This approach would be more dangerous for the deployed artillery units that would require force protection elements in the form of troops and armoured vehicles.

Related Info:

Russia’s “Permanent Military Base” in Syria: Moscow just tipped the Balance of Power in the Mediterranean

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

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 18th, 2016.]

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