Originally posted by @mchill
Can Mchill cite any evidence of China doing the same?
Yes I can Duchess, but I'm not going to. The proof is out there, if you're willing to bother
looking for it. I'm not going to "spoon feed" the information to you.
The arrogant troll Mchill likes to hurl insults rather than cite facts to support his ignorant claims.
As far as I know, China has NOT YET militarily intervened to fight in Syria, ONLY talked
about it so far. though there might be unconfirmed rumors (internet claims) to the contrary.
"China: We Might Help Assad With the War in Syria
Direct military assistance from China would mark a dramatic shift in Middle East geopolitics."
Note the 'Might'.
"Rumors have long rumbled that China has sent military advisers or army special forces
to Syria, though those rumors haven’t been substantiated and China has denied them. "
Note the 'rumors'.
"But if China follows through on the ambassador’s statement, it would mark a radical departure
from its previous policy of non-intervention and would mark a major shift in regional geopolitics."
"There are three potential reasons: Xi Jinping’s project of military modernization; growing
concerns about Chinese jihadists in Syria who might return to China as the war is winding down;
and a desire to get in on the lucrative reconstruction contracts that so far have largely
been swept up by Russian and Iranian firms."
"That’s where counterterrorism comes in. A low-level insurgency has simmered in northwestern China
for years, where Turkic-speaking ethnic minority Uighurs have chafed under Beijing’s control
over their homeland. In recent years, Islamic radicalism has appealed to a small number of Uighurs,
who founded the Turkistan Islamic Party, an Islamist party that aims to fight for independence."
In 2009, Uyghur nationalists (or Islamic jihadists) staged a violent uprising, aimed mainly
at Han Chinese civilians in Ürümqi. According to official Chinese statistics, about 200
persons (mostly Han Chinese) were killed before the uprising was crushed.
"China views TIP as an existential threat — and several thousand TIP fighters have flowed into
Idlib in recent years from Turkey and other regions where the movement had flourished
in small pockets of the Uighur diaspora."
"But before Beijing makes a decision, Chinese involvement will need pre-approval of the
Russians. Moscow views itself as the primary foreign power on the ground in Syria."
China's proposed intervention seems much more limited in scope and aim than Russia's.
Here's an Israeli source claiming that China already has sent a few special forces to Syria:
"Chinese Troops Arrive in Syria to Fight Uyghur Rebels"
"According to these press reports, Beijing planned to send two units from the Special
Operations Forces – the “Tigers of Siberia” and the “Night Tigers” – to assist Assad’s
regime against Chinese Uyghurs fighting with radical Muslim organizations in Syria."
"According to the Syrian ambassador to China, some 5,000 ethnic Uyghurs from China’s
Xinjiang province are presently in Syria. President Assad stressed the “crucial cooperation”
between Syria and Chinese intelligence against Uyghur militants last year."
"It is obvious that the Chinese government has not succeeded in containing the Uyghur
separatist threat in the Xinjiang province. ... The attacks perpetrated by the Uyghurs
follow almost the same patterns as those conducted by Islamic radicals (ISIS and others)
in other places worldwide such as car-ramming, suicide bombers, and knife-wielding attackers.
But, unlike other places on the globe, the attacks are not publicized by the Chinese government,"
"The defeat of ISIS in Iraq and the recent successes of Assad’s troops in Syria against the rebels
seem to have created a crisis to which Beijing is trying to find solution before hundreds of
Uyghurs fighters return home after fighting in the ranks of the rebels, fully trained for guerrilla warfare."
Note that, while this Israeli source claims that some Chinese have been in Syria to train
Syrian forces, it has not claimed that any Chinese have done any fighting so far in Syria.
My point is that China's 'military intervention' in Syria has so far been much more restrained
than the USA's or Russia's (both of which have routinely bombed targets in Syria).