Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
July 15, 2016
Several blogs ago, I don’t even remember how long, it may have been weeks, months, or even over a year, I made the speculation that China would inevitably send troops into the Middle East, in an effort to stabilize the region. After all, one cannot be planning silk roads and a dramatic infrastructure expansion in Central Asia without it. Mr. S.C. sent this article along, and it now appears China is set to do so, much to the horrified – according to the article – spectators in Washington:
There’s two things I want to draw attention to in this article, and the first is this:
Most critical to China in entering this war, this report continues, is the “grave” national security threat it faces from both the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) and Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT)—and as, perhaps, best described by the noted award winning American military-intelligence journalist Seymour M. Hersh who in his latest article warned of this threat by stating:
“China, an ally of [Syrian leader] Assad has committed more than $30 billion to postwar reconstruction in Syria. China, too, is worried about the Islamic State. China regards the Syrian crisis from three perspectives: international law and legitimacy; global strategic positioning; and the activities of jihadist Uighurs, from Xinjiang province in China’s far west.
This puts it better and more succinctly than anyone else could, including me: China’s role in its Asia project is threatened by Islamic terrorism, which in turn, as readers of my blogs and books will recall, is largely a Western-sponsored creation when viewed through the spectacles of history. In a word, China knows this, and in a sense, the West’s sponsorship of these groups could also be viewed from the perspective of a larger geopolitical struggle between the West and China. Most interestingly, as I blogged in a previous article, Russia and China would impose essentially a kind of “westphalian peace” on the region.
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