Iranian naval ships dock in Syria; China warns of civil war
(Feb 20) Two Iranian naval ships have docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, Iran’s state-run Press TV reported on Monday, in a development likely to raise concern in the West. The deployment comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and Israel, fuelled by a longstanding dispute over Tehran’s atomic facilities. Israel’s foreign ministry said it would be watching the ships closely. As Syria teeters on the brink of civil war, there are fears the Iran is poised to increase its sphere of influence in the region. Tehran is one of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s few friends left in the Middle East, but it is a powerful one. Activists and Syrian state media reported that at least 14 people were killed on Sunday, adding to the more than 6,000 people who have died in the Syrian government’s 11-month crackdown on dissent. (Source)
Beijing and Moscow say all sides are to blame for the violence and the crisis should be resolved through talks, not foreign intervention. The official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party has accused the West of provoking a civil war in Syria: “If Western countries continue to fully support Syria’s opposition, then in the end a large-scale civil war will erupt and there will be no way to thus avoid the possibility of foreign armed intervention.” China backs Assad’s plan to hold a referendum this coming Sunday on a new constitution which would lead to multi-party parliamentary elections within 90 days. (Source) China also rebuked Iran on Monday for stopping oil sales to British and French companies at the weekend, calling for renewed efforts at dialogue over an escalating stand-off over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. (Source)
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China’s not happy with Syria even though its ally Iran backs their unrest. China is expected to move into that region with war ships. They’ve already positioned submarines there but remain hidden. China plans to take more aggressive actions in the Middle East to defend its energy resources and overseas investment.