Syria and China have made an agreement that the Chinese military will provide humanitarian aid to Syria, Director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China’s Central Military Commission, Guan Youfei said on August 16, Chinese Xinhua news agency reported. Youfei also noted that a trainining of the Syrian army personnel by Chinese military instructors has been discussed.
Youfei arrived in Damascus for talks with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij in order to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis and set 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.
Xinhua has not provided detailes about the agreed Chinese humanitarian aid mission in Syria. There are constant rumors taht China sent or is going to send military advisers to Syria to assist the country’s anti-terrorism efforts. However, there is no clear evidence that China has been invoved into the conflict.
The report said that the high-ranking Chinese officer also met with an unknown Russian general during his visit to Damascus. It’s important to note that Youfei’s visit came amid crucial military developmest in and around Syria (learn more about Russian military build up).
The spate of Moscow’s military actions in the region could push Beijing to follow its partner in the region to set the ground for gaining diplomatic and financial revenue before the Syrian conflict turned into its final stage.
It’s clear that if China offers assistance after the long-awaited liberation of Aleppo city by the Syrian-Russian-Iranian coalition, it will has a lack of chances to become a major player in Syria.