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Huanqiu: China Does Not Need to Send Troops to Fight against ISIS

On September 17, 2014, Huanqiu (the Chinese edition of Global Times) published an article titled, “It Was the U.S. That Caused the ISIS Trouble; China Does Not Need to Worry about the Problems of the United States.” The article asserted that the calls from the U.S. to attack ISIS were for its own self-interest. China should be very cautious about whether to send troops to participate in the fight against ISIS, even though China has huge interests in Iraq. The article said that, “From a moral point of view, the legitimacy of the US-led counter-terrorism operations is still insufficient.” 

The Obama administration made it clear that the U.S. would not cooperate with Syria and Iraq where ISIS has been engaging in its major cross-border activities. “As the United States has not given up its idea to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad government, the U.S. will increase its military crackdown in Iraq and eventually drive ISIS into Syria’s territory.” The article contended that the scene of ISIS and the Syrian government’s army fighting each other is what the United States wants see. It concluded that, “Since the legitimacy of the anti-terrorist operations does not bear scrutiny, China does not need to intervene in these dubious military operations.” 

Source: Huanqiu, September 17, 2014