China military says it is providing medical training for Syria


China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday it has been providing medical training for Syria, following a visit to the war-ravaged country last week by a senior Chinese officer.

While relying on the region for oil supplies, China tends to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, namely the United States, Britain, France and Russia.

But China has been trying to get more involved, including sending envoys to help push for a diplomatic resolution to the violence there and hosting Syrian government and opposition figures.

Guan Youfei, director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China’s Central Military Commission, met Syrian Defence Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij in Damascus last week and discussed personnel training.

Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a monthly news briefing that this year marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries and that they had long been good friends.

“China has always played a proactive role in looking for a political resolution for the Syrian issue,” he said.

“At the agreement of both countries militaries, China has provided medical equipment as well as medicine and other humanitarian aid to Syria, mainly to ease the humanitarian crisis,” Wu added.

“On the same consideration, China has also provided medical, nursing and other professional training,” he said, without elaborating.

Wu said in a later statement that the training would take place in China.

While China has shown no interest in getting involved militarily in Syria, China’s special envoy for the crisis there in April praised Russia’s military role in the war.

China has its own security concerns about violence in the region.

China is worried that Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people from western China’s Xinjiang region, have been fighting with militant groups in Syria and Iraq, having traveled there illegally via Southeast Asia and Turkey.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel and Simon Cameron-Moore)

Source: Reuters “China military says it is providing medical training for Syria”

Note: This is Reuters report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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4 Comments on “China military says it is providing medical training for Syria”

  1. Incredibly instructive… looking frontward to coming back again

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  2. Net Crawler says:

    How accurate and complete is that Reuters’ report? According to established and well respected Russian news sources including that reliable news-breaking American blog – “Zero-Hedge”, the Chinese have agreed to provide military training and aid to the Syrian government. Between these news sources and Reuters, I am more inclined to believe the former. Reuters is well know to be a propaganda mouth-piece of the Obama Administration.

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    • Net Crawler says:

      If China is correctly reported to be providing military training and aid to Syria, why is Guan Youfei and that Foreign Ministry spokeman Wu saying only medical training and aid is being provided only? Are they fudging? If so, to what purpose? I can’t see any benefit trying to hide the light under the bush? Maybe as usual, some simpleton has cocked-up and fumbled again. Much like the last time. You are not helping the Russians and Iran with such stupid remarks.

      When will the Chinese catch up? Still 50 years mentally and knowledge-wise, behind the developed countries?

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  3. Sentinel says:

    LEARNING TO BE A LITTLE MORE SAVVY

    Guanfei should learn to be a little more savvy, poltically speaking that is. It is not necessarily to reveal the truth. A little fudging and spin makes for an effective psychological warfare. Better still, train Syria’s military, give military aid, and send advisors. Obama ensures Taiwan and Diaoyuda, and maybe the Spratly islands, remainout of your hands and under his control, and you would entertain such hostile players with namby pamby “no involvement” in Syria except for some angelic medical training? You don’t get my respect with such inaction and you wonder why the world does not respect you. Better study how Mao finally manage to kick out those losers in the Committee during the anti Japanese war and against that totally corrupt and cowardly leader name Chiang Kai-Shek and the Nationalist party. Sometimes I see signs of the stupid arguments of these irresponsible “leaders” in President Xi’s inside group.

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