Chinese Millitary Is Willing To Support Syrian Army Operation Against Militants In Idlib Province: Ambassador

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Chinese Millitary Is Willing To Support Syrian Army Operation Against Militants In Idlib Province: Ambassador

A Chinese J-11 fighter flies in this U.S. Department of Defense photo taken on August 19, 2014. US NAVY / Reuters file

On August 3, China’s ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin said during an interview with the Syrian al-Watan newspaper that the Chinese military is willing to participate in some way in any military operation of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) against the radical groups in the northern governorate of Idlib.

“[China] is following the situation in Syria, in particular after the victory in southern [Syria], and its military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria,” Qianjin said answering a question about the possibility of China’s participation in a military operation in Idlib.

When asked the same question, China’s military attaché Wong Roy Chang noted that any involvement of the Chinese military in Idlib operation will require a political decision.

“The military cooperation between the Syrian and Chinese armies is ongoing. We have good relations and we maintain this cooperation in order to serve the security, integrity and stability of our countries. We – China and its military – wish to develop our relations with the Syrian Army. As for participating in the Idlib operation, it requires a political decision,” Chang said.

Syrian observers believe that thousands of radical fighters of the Chinese Uyghurs ethnicity are currently active in Idlib. Most of these fighters are members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Turkistan Islamic (TIP), which occupies several towns and villages in the northwestern countryside of the governorate.

Over the last three years, several reports claimed that China is planning to intervene militarily in Syria in order to neutralize the threat of Uyghurs fighters. However, to this day the Chinese military has not taken any active steps in this direction.

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  • antoun

    yes go china!!!

    • jorge

      He, he, he, he.

    • Attrition47

      Chop ISuey

  • Drogba

    Put that in your crackpipe and smoke it,Nutandyahoo ,the nightmare just gets worse and worse,.Sweet dreams,hahaha

  • madashellron

    Sent about 10.000 Chinese troops to Syria. Syria would be 100% free of the Americans/Isis by the end of 2018 and maybe sooner.

    • K Pomeroy

      I doubt Assad will do anything this stupid. We’ll see if I’m right. Naively of course, China must be good since at least it isn’t America. But as evil as the US war machine is, Chinese involvement in Syria is potentially even more dangerous. Note that Russia has relinquished all the territories it seized in the twentieht century—a truly civilized nation. China, on the other hand, along with Israel, still exerts totatlitarian control over regions acquired through war in the mid-twentieth century, namely Tibet, and the Golan Heights. If I were Assad, I’d take a close look at conditions in Tibet before entrusting my security to China. Being a smart man, Assad will think twice,l I’m sure. What, after all are China’s motives?. Don’t worry, I know how unpopular this view is. Please don’t attack me. GO ASSAD!! :))

      • You can call me Al

        Are you insane ?, do you actually read your comments ?. But OK, your view only, no worries.

        • Val Shadowhawk

          No, he’s stupid. Whatever the fool says is nothing but pure illogical nonsense. He thinks he’s smart. Not!!!

          • K Pomeroy

            Is it illogical nonsense to say Russia is a truly civilized country, or that Syria must win, or “GO ASSAD”? So it isn’t “whatever” I say. It’s just certain things I say about China.

          • Val Shadowhawk

            I was not adressing you. I was talking abput Promethius.

        • K Pomeroy

          Well, I do proofread my comments several times, whatever bearing that might have. My view only? Not at all. Maybe in this comment section though, as I said I was aware of. But we’ll see what Assad does. Thats the real barometer.

      • Blair Smith

        In regards to Tibet, I’m not so sure it was the shangri la that we have all been told about before China went in.

        • K Pomeroy

          Never said it was shangri la. Obviously not the point. The Golan Heights probably wasn’t shangri la either. Still, it’s wrong for countries to occupy foreign territories. Why is that standard applied to Israel and not China?

          • jorge

            Tibet was China and Tibet is China, a country with other several peoples beside the chinese. By the way, the dalai lamas were a very late mongol’s creation, as you can see in any decent site of History on the Internet.

  • alejoeisabel

    As Russia withdraws from Syria, China should resume where Russia left off. Doesn’t the Silk Road end in Latakia?

    • You can call me Al

      No one said they will withdrawal – if this happens, it is a heaven send.

      China, Russia and Iran vs US Scum + vermin.

      Have a bet who will win.

    • Val Shadowhawk

      Russia is not leaving Syria. They have vested interests there.

    • John Whitehot

      Russia isn’t retreating at all.

      It built permanent bases, and I’m pretty sure it will build lots of ELINT and SIGINT stations to keep track of the illegal Israeli nuclear program.

      • PZIVJ

        Some may not realize that Russia has had presence in E med for many decades.
        And now the Syrian bases have been improved. Just to keep the cockroachs away. :)

        • John Whitehot

          having an EW network just north of Israel is an invaluable asset in keeping zionist options low-numbered when it comes to attacking and trying to destroy other countries.

          If Israel isn’t free to invent and tailor excuses for using military power against the region is owed to these.

          Remember how Russian EW bases were among the first priority points to be taken when the “FSA” was on high tide.

  • Brian Dippenaar

    Well that’s convenient for China considering all the serious fighting is over.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      over? how you figured that.

      • Brian Dippenaar

        Obviously the war will continue but all that’s left is low intensity conflict imo.

        The jihadists backs have been broken in Syria.

        All the high intensity battles like Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Eastern Ghouta and the others have been won by the SAA.

        Haven’t you been watching?

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          I am sure you was in my place. The question is have you understood what you been watching? From what you saying obviously you have not, so watch some more and when you catch up, then you also understand whose been not watching.

        • Daniel Castro

          Actually, tons of jihadists were transfered to Idlib, and it seems Turkey either supports them, or is incapable of blocking aid to these groups, so Idlib will be a very high intensity combat operation.

          The presence of China is politically convenient because Erdogan wouldn’t dare to chalenge the chinese because it would cost Turkey tons of money in business to do so.

          • John Whitehot

            we don’t really know how many of those jihadists haven’t gone back to Turkey so far.

        • You can call me Al

          What ?. Do you even know what you are talking about ?.

        • Val Shadowhawk

          No he hasn’t. This pseudo ‘inellectual’ zionist sympathizer is not all that sharp. I blocked the idiot a while back for being one. Don’t waste your time replying to it. It won’t recognize the obvious. Too busy tapping away at its keyboard trying to make an ‘impression’ here.

        • gustavo

          Wrong ! low intensity in Idlib ? you are dreaming. Low intensity in Al-Tanaf ? you are also dreaming. Low intensity with kurds (USA-puppets) continue dreaming.

        • Wow! You have completely misunderstood the situation. The puppets have been defeated. The puppet masters have not.

    • Thunder

      they have full control of an entire city and surrounding area’s around it now how is the serious fighting over??

    • You can call me Al

      Who the hell trained the majority of the SAA fighters ??? – yep China.

      • Tudor Miron

        I would not say majority but yes, China did participate. Actual fact is that SAA is mostly trained by Russian advisers. I’m not trying to claim any sort if lidership here, just stating what I know.

        • You can call me Al

          Shush, I know that, you know that, but he didn’t.

    • gustavo

      All of them are serious fighting. Idlib, Al-Tanaf, Kurds (USA-puppets) can not be understimated at all.

      • jorge

        Yes, with the southwest begun the fight for the liberation of the territories occupied with foreign umbrella. On the southwest the umbrella was Israeli, in Idlib and till Mambij it’s Turk, then, to northeast and east, the umbrella are not only the north americans, but also british, french, dutch, etc. Are they making bluff? Perhaps.

    • The “serious” fighting is only beginning. The Ottomans, Zios and US are still occupying Syrian sovereign land.

  • Dr. Ronald Cutburth

    China’s leadership is wise to wait and see because of the irrational actions in Washington. Really would be good experience for the commandos to do some house to house fighting and kill the Uyghurs. Hillary Clinton personally wined and dined Uyghurs because the reported they were training for terrorism is China. So she supported terrorism in China. Now China must spend more to eliminated them and help in Syria.

    • Brother Ma

      I disagree. Poor decision of China. Itshould have gone in as it promised to do so two years ago when Russia and Iran were already there. That woyld havevmade ir very hard for the Isis-formers to quibble. China need obly have sent a coyple hundred xommandos . They would have flyed the flag,exterminated the Oghur Turks rats and gained valuable real gouseto house killing skills as you say but earlier.

    • Luke Hemmming

      I agree with you on your points. The experience gained from this would be invaluable for the Chinese. Helps to rid of the terrorism threat to China when the Syrian conflict is over and any Chinese jihad’s left that might have gone back to China to cause trouble. But it all rests on a political decision. Saying and doing are two different things. Let’s hope they are doer’s and not hot air.

      • You can call me Al

        I had the impression (I could be wrong), that the political decision would be done by Assad and co.

    • Sadde

      Wise only for China!
      China is exploitative and unwise to counting on.

      • Sinbad2

        My experience with Chinese, is they always honour an agreement, unlike the American Government.

        • Bill Wilson

          You haven’t done any business with China.

          • Sinbad2

            Reading comprehension is the ability to process text, understand its meaning, and to integrate it with what the reader already knows.

            So, do you know there is a difference between China and Chinese?

            I have done many deals with Chinese businessmen, and although they are hard negotiators, once a deal is made they stick to it.
            As an example China is sticking to the international deal done with Iran even though the US is threatening China, to make them break the deal.

            In the long run, honour and integrity are more important than political point scoring and the filthy lucre

        • Sadde

          Yes they don’t make deals they can’t uphold or even slightly put them at risk. Even at UNSC they usually are unwilling to veto so long Russia can do it alone, so they just abstain.
          When measured with American scale even Turkey’s government seems honorable…

        • Selbstdenker

          The Chinese mentality is: If you can cheat, cheat.

    • Tudor Miron

      I will put it a little differently – not killing Uyghurs but killing terrorists and if they happen to be of Uyghur nationality than so be it.

  • BL

    Why would China need to help now when the war is pretty much over? It’s not like the Syrian, Iranian, Russian alliance can’t take care of the problem on its own.

    • as

      The extension of it’s feud with US. I think they want to see from US reaction kinds that they can use for leverage. China officially joining in with their banner would make it more dangerous for Israel to do anything. It’s over for Israel it’s dreams for Lebanese and Syrian lands were nailed in the coffin with extra nails from China.

      • K Pomeroy

        Look folks, let’s not let China nail all of us.

        • Ronald

          Look Pomeroy;
          China is about to take over the world because of UK and US mindless anti-Russian and anti-Iranian warfare, economic and covert.
          You think Tibet is bad, well I might agree, but that doesn’t compare to the US/UK covert actions establishing the Ukraine as a separate nation from Russia.
          Are you aware that Kiev was Russia’s capitol city for over 300 years.
          Talk about political interference in another nations internal affairs.
          Iran, another Aryan nation, whose vile neighbor Saudi Arabia has convinced the US/UK and NATO that Iran “exports terrorism”. Truth however is that Saudi Arabia is the home of Wahhabi Sunni Islam, the jihadist’s “faith”.
          If all the Aryan nations would cooperate, rather than war, our grandchildren might not work for Chinese corporations.

    • madashellron

      Yea well don’t forget there still is at least two thousands American troop along with at a dozen illegal US/French and Italian Bases in Syria.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      the war is very far from over. Actually now the preliminaries are over and Iran is openly threatened, is just beginning.

    • Sinbad2

      Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.(Winston Churchill)

    • John Whitehot

      because China is in the same alliance too, although Israel and the US would never admit it.

    • George King

      This is WW III and as Sinbad2 quotes “the end of the beginning”. What we are seeing is the agents of Rothschild and their NATO military arm has found its match in the multi polar world order. The only question now is up to the citizens of most of the co-opted vassal states under their thumb, rise up or perish under the unilateral transnational criminal cabal/s. When Putin and the Russian high command say that the west is not agreement capable, this is the insight portrayed and is the only understanding needed.

  • Rob

    The lose of Deraa and Qunetra and now the possibility of China’s participation in a military operation in Idlib is another bleeding stroke to US and Israel.

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    (chuckling) I was waiting for this. Looks like the Uyghurs won’t be going home.

    • BMWA1
    • You can call me Al

      As a quick side issue, what does SFC mean ?, just intrigued.

      • Sinbad2

        Sergeant First Class.

        • You can call me Al

          Cheers

      • PZIVJ

        Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) ? :d

        • You can call me Al

          Oh right, cheers.

        • You can call me Al

          LOL funny boy. Till later

  • K Pomeroy

    While it’s imperative that Syria win, there may be danger if Assad is beholden to China.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      care to elaborate on this?

      • K Pomeroy

        I have already elaborated in another comment posted as a reply to Madashellron above.

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          sorry could not find your comment. Any way I was just curious of your line of thinking.

  • Xanatos

    They should have answered the call for help three years ago, like the Russians did. Syria has nothing to gain from Chinese military assistance now.

    I’m guessing nothing will come from this. It was just a message to turkey, pressure them to start making concessions in idlib. Turkey can’t keep the whole province, as it is trying to do. With more american sanctions looming soon, turkey will need to stay on russia’s and china’s good side.

    • You can call me Al

      Why dont you have a little faith. The Chinese have been training the SAA for years + numerous other things.

      If they help in the battles, maybe with their airforce + special services…. the Yanks will sh1t themselves, whilst the Turks will run a mile.

      • Sinbad2

        Yes the Chinese generally keep their assistance hidden, like the way they supplied missile guidance modules to Iran.

    • Jim Bim

      Also, if Turkey really wants to join the BRICS, it better be on the side with Russia, China and Syria in Idlib and north west Syria.

      • Sinbad2

        BRICS is an American invention like FANG, there is no such organization to join.

  • Sephy

    Think if Russia had as massive economy as China.

    • Daniel Miller

      China is still in debt like all other “rich” nations.
      Russia’s econemy is very strong it cant collapse.

      • Sinbad2

        No China is not in debt, the Chinese massive debt BS is just western propaganda.

        • John Whitehot

          China has a manageable level of debt while Russia has virtually none.

        • Daniel Miller

          ummmm no its not China has a debt to GDP ratio of 47.4% compared to Russia’s 12.6%. China might not be in as much debt as the US Japan or the EU nations but it still has massive imounts of debt. Russia has one of the lowest debt to GDP ratios in the world even the Swiss have more debt then the Russians.

  • LavXolm

    yeah, where has China been during the vicious and dangerous fighting phase of this war? It may just be the poor coverage of this conflict in MSM in general, but I’m not aware of even significant diplomatic support of Assad or the Russians as they get racked over the coals at the UN and in the MSM. Now, they want to come in and garner some lucrative contracts to rebuild Syria? That’s what Americans do!
    They should take care of the Uygyrs, though, like Russia has taken care of the Chechnyans that they do not want to return to Russia when the war is over to make terror there…

    • Sephy

      they are just bunch of cowards.

    • Sephy

      Russia alone vetoes in the UN in favor of Syria this days.

    • Julian Clegg

      You haven’t been paying attention. China has given solid diplomatic to Syria, alongside Russia. I think both of them regretted not giving the same support to Libya.

  • pjt

    Hope they act & are not just talk

  • Thunder

    yes i heard this report before under obama before he left office or right after if i remember correctly but it would be handy i am sure the fake jews won’t try to strong arm them

  • Joseph Scott

    The trade war the US has been expanding since 2013 may be pushing the Chinese into actions that the US hadn’t considered. I don’t think they really understand Xi’s character. They are betting on the Chinese will back down at some point, and I don’t think they will. The more they push, the more daring the Chinese will become. Xi reminds me of Andropov, in some ways.

    • John Whitehot

      “I don’t think they really understand Xi’s character”

      It would be quicker to say the things they actually understand.

      • Joseph Scott

        Indeed. They have a really hard time transitioning between the hypothetical and the real, and human psychology has always been a huge weakness in all US endeavours, because it doesn’t submit to hard numbers very well.

        • John Whitehot

          deep immaturity as a people imho, easily manipulated, base values equating to words rather than concepts on to which adhere, and some other things.

          sooner or later they’ll figure it out, without anymore damage to the rest of the world god willing.

  • alejoeisabel

    China’s military involvement would send the signal that the territorial integrity of Syria is inviolable. This is a clear signal to Israel that Syria is serious and determined to get all foreign invaders out of Syria especially the Untied States, Turkey, and Israel.

    • You can call me Al

      Bravo Sir / Madam.

    • China has hundreds of S-300 and their HQ-15 that would be most welcome in Syria!

  • Ivan

    As well the Chinese realized that Russians had a great military exercise for almost 3 years, Americans are having military exercises all the time, while Chinese Army had none. In the growing tensions between them and USA in South China Sea any combat experience is better than none.

    • Sinbad2

      You’re right, you can’t beat the real thing, and China has such a massive army, it could easily deploy 100,000 troops.

  • SurfshackTito (TheSecular)

    China actually has a right to be here in my opinion.
    And you want to know why?
    BECAUSE THEY DONT WANT THESE FOOLS TO COME HOME ALIVE!:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt0FmGL4e50

  • Smith Ricky

    Lets goooo 💪💪💪

  • Sinbad2

    10,000 Chinese troops and equipment as peacekeepers in the Golan Heights would be an excellent idea.

  • John Mason

    Could be a signal to Turkey to get out of Syria because if China did decide and accept a possible Syrian invitation then Turkey would have a diplomatic issue with China that it certainly can’t afford.

    • Sinbad2

      But that might push Turkey back towards the US, something not in Chinese interests.

  • Barba_Papa

    >>Over the last three years, several reports claimed that China is
    planning to intervene militarily in Syria in order to neutralize the
    threat of Uyghurs fighters. However, to this day the Chinese military
    has not taken any active steps in this direction.<<

    Exactly why I take this article with a hefty grain of salt. Until I see the first Chinese troop ships dock in Tartus port and the first Chinese strike aircraft touch down on Syrian soil I'll be tits or get the fuck out!

    Besides the war in Syria is nearing its end and the Chinese are not really needed here. What China needs to do right now is establish a couple of military bases in Iran so as to spell it out to Washington that 'These are not for you!'

    • LavXolm

      Iran will have none of that- Chinese (or Russian) bases on their territory.

      • Barba_Papa

        Then they are stupid as fuck. Israel wants to bring down the Iranian regime Trump and basically every neo-con in Washington is willing to do Israel’s bidding. They will resort to full scale economic and if need be actual war. The one thing that can put an immediate stop to those plans is the establishment of Russian or even better Chinese bases in Iran. Because I don’t think that Iran’s traditional deterrent, being able to close the Hormuz strait still works. The problem with a deterrent is that you need rational people on both sides, and rational people in Jerusalem and Washington are getting rare these days. Israel won’t be particularly hurt by the closing of the Hormuz straits and Washington probably believes it can keep it from happening. Ignoring all evidence and reason to the contrary.

  • georgeking

    This is while perhaps small militarly, very big politically.

    • Empire’s Frontiers

      Why?

      • Icarus Tanović

        Because.

        • PZIVJ

          Because Why ? :D

      • Ivan Freely

        China have tried their best to avoid anything that goes against the West, especially the US. It tries to go for the win-win scenario and resolving conflicts via dialogue. IF China follows through with this threat then it’s a huge departure from the status quo.

  • Good plan! Bring in the Chinese to eliminate the Uyghurs! Those TIP Orcs are some of the vilest headchopping pedophiles of all. Hopefully they will “accidentally” blast some Ottomans too!

    • Icarus Tanović

      Turks are just playing their part, rehearsal already in Astana.

      • Astana was a rehearsal for Erdogan the way Munich was a rehearsal for Adolf. Maybe the Mad Sultan can be dissuaded from adventurism, but I wouldn’t bet on it!

        • Icarus Tanović

          Don’t worry, theycplay their part very good, very good indeed.

  • kostas4X4

    Great opportunity for some equipment testing

  • Tudor Miron

    This is very interesting development. I will try to add some details later.

  • Feudalism Victory

    Fake news

    • jorge

      Hummm…I would not be so sure.

  • S Melanson

    How this develops can be read on several levels. The uhgyurs threat is a reasonable rationale for Chinese involvement but the timing of the announcement and it being so explicit is a signal of a shift I think.

    Trump escalated the trade war with China and continues to oppose Chinese policies in the South China Sea. China also does not like the ongoing meddling by the US in the Middle East given China’s dependence on energy imports which are,expected to grow.

    The facts on the ground are favourable to Syria and her allies and the dramatic turnaround in Syria since Russian intervention has stunned analysts around the globe, including China I am sure. However, the north of Syria presents a different situation that is far more uncertain and risky. This is because of NATO forces in Syria are embedded with the terrorists Assad wants destroyed. Although Turkey is NATO, it is not clear how an operation in Idlib will play out. It is even more dicey should Syria initiate an operation to clear Afrin or Manjib or Eastern Syria.

    China wants a stable Middle East but war between NATO and Russia would be a very concerning development with existential implications for China.

    China may be signaling they are joining forces in Syria which implies any escalation to war with Russia means war with China.

    As Tudor Miron pointed out, we need to follow this closely

    • Xanatos

      Expect nothing from china, they are not going to build an airbase in syria. While they’ve sold assad some radars, they sold drones to saudi arabia too. Both sides in this conflict have bought from china.

      As for the silk road, china would need a road and rail to iran before thinking about the Mediterranean.

      There may be a slight chance that china has been quietly supporting russia throughout the latter’s involvement. We would never know if china is absorbing some of the cost of russian operations. That would add more meaning to trump’s dinner with the Chinese premier, when he casually announced launching 59 cruise missiles at syria over a chocolate cake.

      • Joe Kerr

        Yeah? Ask the Israeli navy about Chinese anti-ship missiles supplied to Hezbollah. Or just bite your butt.

  • Julian Clegg

    The Chinese military attache’s name is misspelled as “Wong Roy Chang.” It should be Wang Ruizheng (王瑞正).

    • Julian Clegg

      Wang Ruizheng previously served as China’s military attache in Oman.

  • wwinsti

    Better late than never.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    China’s invested billions in Syria, they’ve freely supplied both industrial and military equipment, they’ve trained both military and non military personnel, they supplied both humanitarian aid and assistance, and most importantly of all, both diplomatic and moral support.
    They’ve already been putting their money where their mouths are, and now they’re going to put some muscle into it as well, it’s going to be very interesting to see what Erdogan says about this new development. I have a funny feeling the Chinese won’t care what he says, or Trump or NATO for that matter, they’ve spent too much here and in Iran already, and they want to start making some of that money back.
    Here comes the Iranian gas pipeline, the Saudi proposal is dead and buried, Erdogan can either have Turks coming home in body bags, or bags of Iranian cash instead. I think the bags of cash will win out,
    Xi Jinping is my new hero, and I’m sure he’s Putin and Assad’s too, and probably everyone else who reads this story as well.

    • LavXolm

      Well, what you say is news to me, but I do realize that there is very narrow coverage of this Syria conflict, and the ME in general. I hope that what you have written is true. Maybe I need to check the Xinhua news site more often.

      • Julian Clegg

        Yes, you should.

  • iosongasingsing

    China supports Iran and understands that the front is in Syria, not just on the Yellow Sea.

  • Bill Wilson

    It’s rather late in the game to offer that unless it’s to bail out the IRG and Iranian government by providing munitions and paying their soldiers’ salaries.

  • World_Eye

    Blah Blah Blah only words from the Chinese, in fact all they do is talking bullshit, they are talking the same bullshit since Russia start its campaign in Syria, its been 3 years and they cannot find that political decision. Don’t count even 1% on the Chinese guys trust me on this.

  • lene johansen

    Viva China – go get ISIS.

  • Ivan Freely

    Although I share the same sentiments as most people here, I’m taking a wait and see approach until there is solid evidence of their involvement. I do feel that China is trying to replay the same tactic as the US did during WW2. However, this fight doesn’t involve them, it belongs to Syria. So, it’s understandable on the huge delay in getting involved.