The Big Boys Are Stepping In: China Officially Backs Russia on Syria – Calls For US to Stand Down, Rumored To Have Sent Ships to Mediterranean
Also, it seems there are uncorroborated Chinese media reports that China has dispatched ships to the Mediterranean.
At G20 China warned that military intervention in Syria would hurt the world economy and push up oil prices, reinforcing Vladimir Putin’s attempts to talk US President Barack Obama out of air strikes.
China Officially Backs Russia On Syria, Warns “Military Action Would Have Negative Impact On Global Economy”
Until now China had kept a relatively low profile on the Syria issue, occasionally issuing veiled support for the Assad regime. That changed at today’s G-20 meeting in Russia, when China’s vice-finance minister Zhu Guangyao officially launched the Syrian axis of Russia and China, both of which now indirectly support the Assad regime, and oppose US-led military intervention. From the FT: “China warned on Thursday that military intervention in Syria would hurt the world economy and push up oil prices, reinforcing Vladimir Putin’s attempts to talk US President Barack Obama out of air strikes. “Military action would have a negative impact on the global economy, especially on the oil price – it will cause a hike in the oil price,” Chinese vice-finance minister Zhu Guangyao told a briefing before the start of the G20 leaders’ talks.”
China sent ships to the coast of the PLA Navy Syria
Despite the fact that the political decision to send warships, apparently, it was decided a long time, we know about it is just now from unofficial sources. Thus, the Chinese military blog that specializes in articles about military equipment the United States, Russia and China, said that several Chinese ships already close to the shores of Syria, citing its sources in the PLA.
Here is a map of where the US, France, the UK, and Nato are stationed:
China’s Navy is in the Gulf of Aden:
Separately, China says US is ignoring logic as it beats the war drums, is never held accountable for its war crimes and has made a mess in Afghanistan and Iraq.
US ignoring logic as it beats war drums
Once again, Washington has effortlessly beaten down Russian President Vladimir Putin in the arena of public opinion. In recent days, media from the US and Europe have chimed in with official accounts from the US and France, claiming that it was Syrian government troops who used chemical weapons. Some media even derided Putin for “acting crazy” over the Syria issue.
It is still unclear which side in Syria used chemical weapons. It should be noted that the so-called evidence presented by the US and France is too ambiguous and insufficient to convict Syria, an entire country, of crimes, and military strikes on Syria will very likely cause many casualties. As countries built on the rule of law, the US and France have made reckless decisions.
The problem is both Washington and Paris do not really care about international law. Every action they take on Syria stems from their own political judgment of Syria’s national situation. Such a judgment is also based on their geopolitical interests in this area. It is irrational to say that someone who wants to stop a war is “crazier” than someone who wants to start one.
WW3: Russia Won’t Back Down
The idea of World War 3 starting very soon all comes back to Syria. People who have been closely following the US’ movements in the areas surrounding Syria believe it is just a matter of time before Obama moves in, with what they think will take the form of supporting Syrian rebels. However, this could be quite problematic as Russia has recently claimed that the US, UK and France have allowed (and may even have armed) Syrian rebels to use chemical weapons – something which America and its allies have claimed the Syrian Government was doing, which is why they “needed” to get involved and disband it.
Russia has made it extremely clear that if any war was to happen involving Syria they would get involved. On June 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against any attempt at foreign military intervention in Syria, stressing that such a move is doomed to fail. Shortly before this statement was released, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the West against attempting to overthrow the Syrian Government: “There are governments and outside players that believe that all means are appropriate [to be used] to overthrow the Syrian regime.”
The Foreign Ministry called on the UN nuclear agency to urgently assess the risk as the United States considers military action to punish Syria’s government for an alleged gas attack.
“If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) near Damascus, the consequences could be catastrophic,” a ministry statement said.
Standoff In The Mediterranean: The US vs Russian Navies
While the leaders of the two superpowers are shaking hands for the camera in St. Petersburg, their navies are sending a different message. Here is the latest breakdown of the world’s key navies in the Mediterranean theater of naval operations as of last night. By now it is likely woefully outdated, now that there are reports the Chinese have joined the fray too (not on the side of the ‘free droning world’).