Members of the UN mission in Syria at a hotel in Damascus. (Photo/Xinhua)
China is looking to distance itself from the crisis in Syria while rumors indicate that both Russia and the United States are preparing for intervention both for and against the Assad regime, reports Duowei News, an online news outlet run by overseas Chinese.
Vladimir Putin is preparing a trip to Israel, Palestine and Jordan to strengthen ties between Moscow and countries in the Middle East, having realized that Iran is an unreliable ally since it has its own interests in the Caucasus region. The only real friend left for Russia in the region is the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. To prevent his government from falling, rumors say Russia is not only sending weapons to Syria but also warships from its Black Sea Fleet to protect its logistics base at Tartus.
While Russia has denied rumors that it is sending the large landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov with marines aboard to the port on the Syrian coast, how to end violence in the country is now a major concern for the Obama administration. The United States and NATO may launch military action against the Assad regime without a resolution from the United Nations if the situation descends into all-out civil war. A direct confrontation between Russia and the United States over Syria is unlikely to occur because Putin is mostly concerned about the interests of Moscow following the collapse of Assad, Duowei said.
Although China vetoed the United Nations Security Council resolution on Syria, as did Russia, this does not mean Beijing is ready to fully side with Russia or Assad. What the Chinese Communist Party is really worried about is the potential for an Arab Spring-style democracy movement to take root in China and challenge its own authority. As Beijing lacks the ability to protect its own interests in the region like the United States and Russia, its best option for now is apparently to stay neutral, Duowei said.