Aims and Implications of China’s Military Involvement in Syria

Posted: December 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

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China is deploying troops to train, advice and assist in Syria. The decision comes after Syrian Presidential Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Nov. 24.

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China is deploying troops to train, advice and assist in Syria. The decision comes after Syrian Presidential Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Nov.24. Islamic militants from East Turkestan (China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) have shown up in increasing numbers in Syria’s north recently. The Syrian government claims that some 5,000 fighters of Uyghur origin have arrived in Syria, illegally passing through Southeast Asia and Turkey. The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) of Uyghur jihadists is affiliated with al-Qaeda. Chinese jihadists are fighting alongside the Al-Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham terrorist group. They call for separation of Xinjiang from China to create an independent state of Eastern Turkestan.

The Chinese units, known as the “Siberian Tigers” and the “Night Tigers”, will be deployed to Syria soon. The 2015 antiterrorism law allows sending Chinese security forces abroad for counterterrorism missions. In March 2016, President of the People’s Republic of…

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