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The Palestinians chose to harbour the rebels, whom they support and Assad turned his guns on them and now they are complaining about it.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: FlySolo
Why did it take Putin so long to go into Syria one has to wonder...
I am thinking this has less todo about Assad and more to do with Putin trying to change the channel of public perception of himself at home. It also offers a convenient excuse as to how Russia soldiers are dying in other theaters now that they can just say Syria.
There is currently between 1 & 2 dozen Chinese military advisers, and a couple pieces of Chinese brass in Syria.
It is believed that they are there in regards to something found that relates to Turkey and the Uyghurs.
Unless Syria convinces them that helping Syria is going to help internal Chinese issues, they will only be around long enough to see whatever it is they came to see.
They are in direct violation of the Charter of the United Nations.
Airstrikes in Syria cannot be justified under international law: They lack a lawful basis in consent, self-defense or [U.N.] Security Council authorization.
originally posted by: DJW001
Exactly, and the article I linked to makes China's position clear. China respects the internal affairs of other nations and will not interfere. They have their own issues with separatist movements and must view Russia's contradictory and hypocritical actions in Ukraine on the one hand and Syria on the other as telling. Also, Russia's failure to observe the Budapest Memorandum tells them exactly how much to trust any "security agreements" they have made.
A lot of Chinese politicians, and a whole lot of PLA generals, love what Russia is doing, and wish that they could do the same. Specifically in regards to the autonomous regions inside and around China.
That all being said, China will back Russia until the west puts China where China believes (and is largely correct about) they deserve to be...at the top of the political food chain.