BEIJING (Reuters)–China wants to have closer military ties with Syria, state media on Tuesday cited a senior Chinese officer as saying during a rare visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country.
Guan Youfei, director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China’s Central Military Commission, met Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij in Damascus, China’s Xinhua state news agency said.
Guan said China had consistently played a positive role in pushing for a political resolution in Syria.
“China and Syria’s militaries have a traditionally friendly relationship, and China’s military is willing to keep strengthening exchanges and cooperation with Syria’s military,” the news agency paraphrased Guan as saying.
Guan also met a Russian general in Damascus, the news agency said, without giving details.
While China has shown no interest in getting involved militarily in Syria, China’s special envoy for the crisis there in April praised Russia’s military role in the war.
Full article: China Says Seeks Closer Military Ties With Syria (Washington Free Beacon)