China: Syria Policy Is Coercion, Weapons, Special Forces, al-Qaeda, and Revolution
March 3, 2012 • 1:42PM

China's People's Daily says that after the joint Russia-Chinese veto of of the United Nations Libya-like resolution on Syria that:

"The U.S.-edition 'solution on Syria issue' has become very clear and its key points include: First, pre-setting the goal of regime change The United States ... regards itself as the master of Syria's domestic affairs.... It has completely eliminated the possibility of solving the Syria issue in a peaceful way of dialogue.

"Second, isolating and pressuring the Bashar al-Assad administration in a comprehensive way After the UN Security Council's proposal was vetoed, the United States, European Union and some Arab countries recalled or withdrew their ambassadors from Syria ... invited Syria's opposition to the "Friends of Syria" meeting and acknowledged that the "Syrian National Council" of the opposition is the legal representative of Syrian people. It also declared a series of sanctions on Syria to isolate and pressure the Bashar al-Assad administration in all aspects of the politics, diplomacy and economy.

"Third, providing all-round supports for the Syrian opposition.... It is reported that the Syrian opposition has obtained large quantities of weapons from the West and the Gulf countries through unofficial channels....

"Fourth, highlighting the role of the Arab League.... According to reports, the Special Forces of the United Kingdom and Qatar have entered Syria, providing guidance and assistance to opposition groups to launch attacks on government forces. The United States, under the banner of 'supporting the Arab League efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis', maneuvers behind the scenes and controls the development of the situation.

"Fifth, [since] the possibility of direct military intervention from United States and Western countries [is stopped by the UN veto],... the remaining option is to promote revolutions, that is, to cultivate the opposition faction inside Syria rapidly to fight a civil war until the Bashar regime is ousted.... In addition, the al-Qaeda and other extremist forces are taking advantage of the chaos in Syria and speeding up to infiltrate it.

"Overthrowing Bashar's regime is much more complicated than 'toppling' other political strongmen in the Middle East. So, the 'routines' with which the U.S.A. and the Western countries have made a proven track record in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen are hard to be workable in Syria.

"If Bashar's regime cannot restrain its domestic unrest or open an inclusive political dialogue process timely, it can be expected that the results brought by the American version 'Syrian Solution' shall be escalating violence; Syria sinks into the quagmire of civil war; the game among different forces exacerbates, the spillover effect appears and the situation in the Middle East destabilizes further."