Quietly working in the background, President Vladimir Putin is forming the New Eastern Alliance designed to clean up the instability in partner states. This alliance, so far is comprised of Russia, Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and now China.
It is little known, however cChina has substantial interests in Syria and the Middle East.
China is actively involved in Syria's oil industry. China National Petroleum Corporation is a joint venture partner with Syria's national oil company and Royal Dutch Shell in the Al-Furat Petroleum Company, the main oil producing consortium in the country. The Al-Furat consortium produces some 100,000 barrels per day (bpd). Sinochem is another Chinese oil company that has been very active in recent oil exploration tenders. China's CNPC and Sinopec are helping to revive output under rehabilitation contracts for small mature oil fields in Syria.
Therefore is is quite evident that the attempt by the Western Alliance to effect a regime change s Syria is not in the best interest of China.
Strategic planning on Beijing's part includes securing the entrance to the Red Sea and Suez Canal. In addition China has sent air support by way of Drones and their operators. Yesterday China announced that they will join Russia with direct air support against any threat in Syria. Control the Sea entrance from the shipment of foreign arms to the area.
Beijing plans to set up a naval facility in Djibouti, East Africa, to boost counter-piracy and peacekeeping efforts, officials say. The future Chinese installation will be near a US airbase reportedly used for the Pentagon’s drone operations.
Beijing is currently in talks with Djibouti’s government to build a naval facility to support the Chinese Navy’s counter-piracy and peacekeeping missions in the region, China’s top officials told media. They carefully avoided calling the installation a“military base” similar to those maintained by the US worldwide.
Spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry Hong Lei says the “support facilities” will provide “logistical support” to fuel, rest and re-supply Chinese Navy ships, addressing possible speculations the port will boost Beijing’s military expansion in the strategically vital Horn of Africa.
"The construction of the relevant facilities will help China's navy and army further participate in UN peacekeeping operations, carry out escort missions in the waters near Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, and provide humanitarian assistance," he told a daily news briefing on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Wu Qian also spoke at a monthly news conference, mainly repeating the Foreign Ministry’s comments, but he added an important detail: “China wanted to play a greater role in ensuring regional peace and stability.”
The announcement comes as Beijing prepares to play a greater role in the world by modernizing its military and navy, and making significant contributions to UN peacekeeping all over the globe. Currently, China is a major provider of peacekeeping troops to Africa, where it has huge economic interests, having invested some $40 billion in the continent over the last 15 years.
Beijing also faces public pressure to protect its citizens overseas, especially after four Chinese were killed by terrorist groups in Syria and Mali last week. It may also need to evacuate its nationals as it did in Libya in 2011 and Yemen in March.
At the same time, Beijing is pushing to build-up a so-called “blue-water navy” able to operate in oceanic waters with a global reach. Over the past few years, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned its first aircraft carrier, “Liaoning,” originally laid down in 1988 for the Soviet Navy. Similar naval programs to build state-of-the-art warships and nuclear submarines are also underway.
A former colony of France, Djibouti already hosts the United States’ only African permanent military base at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. Called Camp Lemonnier, it accommodates the Pentagon’s African Command (AFRICOM) and is used for CIA drone operations. It has killed some 3,000 people, mainly civilians, according to the Economist.
With a major Chinese naval base next door, the U.S faces the distinct possibility of a neutralized Drone program as control of the Drones can be jammed easily by Chinese Base and Naval facilities.
So as we see. Quietly, the war escalates in The Middle East as the world no longer respects of fears a U.S. coalition.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii says, 'It's a very simple concept in my mind that you can't defeat your enemy if you're arming them and helping them at the same time. It makes no sense whatsoever.'