Saturday, November 15, 2008

China to Join NATO?

Well, that’s what it looks like. Will the Russians be next?

According to Iran’s Press TV:

Brown: Chinese May Join Afghan Mission

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced the possibility of Chinese forces joining the multinational coalition in Afghanistan.

Brown told New York’s Council on Foreign Relations on Friday of China’s possible plans for deploying troops to the war-torn country, amid the worst fighting with insurgents since the US-led coalition invaded the country in 2001.

The premier said he expected more nations not currently involved in fighting to join the Afghan mission, comprised of 41 nations.

All nations should “see this as the front line” in the battle against terrorism, Brown added.

The NATO has called for additional forces, a demand supported by US President-elect Barack Obama, who said he would switch the focus from Iraq to Afghanistan through a phased withdrawal.
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In talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that same day, the British leader said Britain was considering sending another 2000 troops to join its 8,000-strong presence in Afghanistan, based mainly in the troubled southern province of Helmand.

Earlier that week he said he would support Obama’s call for more European troops, if other countries would also ‘share the burden.’

His comment however came after the head of British armed forces on Monday said that he believed the rest of the burden should be left to other nations as the island is already too involved, with the second-largest force there after the United States.

The Chinese don’t do things like this without a reason. I wonder if they are attempting to establish a western flank on the Uighur regions of Xinjiang…

Hat tip: Abu Elvis.


X said...

They might also be trying to gain a controllin interest in various potential oil and gas pipeline routes through the country. It owuld fit their previous behaviour in Africa, where they've invested heavily in a number of east-african countries, especially Sudan. They're establishing themselves in the middle of warzones in resource-rich countries all over the place.

Then again, with the chinese, who knows? They could be planning an invasion of Russia for all we know.

Afonso Henriques said...

"All nations should “see this as the front line” in the battle against terrorism, Brown added."

I have always saw that as a proof of strenght from NATO but nowadays it looks more like a proof of weakness.

I bear the opposite feeling: It's time for the U.S.A. to be there in strenght or retreat. Chose a man to be in power and let us retreat, we're there for too long. There is no political will or someone to fight. It looks more and more like huminatiarian help, it looks like we are only saving the muslims from theirselves...

Homophobic Horse said...

NATO armed the mujahideen in the first place.

*cruel laughter*

My god what have we done in Afghanistan? I can't explain it but I think something has gone seriously wrong.

Afonso Henriques said...

"My god what have we done in Afghanistan?"

I remember all I thought was: The Americans have to destroy a State fast and we Europeans have to help them.
Afghanistan was a great target.

Anonymous said...

I'm also thinking this gives the Chinese some real combat experience, which is something you just can't get by training all day long. Am I correct that their troops haven't seen real fighting in a long time?

Czechmade said...

The Chinese might be also more generous in sacrificing their soldiers. It could impress the enemy.

Fighting people who look the same for the Afghans could be also very depressing jihad experience.

The highly superstitious population
might also swallow some myth of automatic resurrection of the Chinese soldier.

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Ed said...

Chinese troops are vicious fighter, Do U see how they are training?

i am sure that if Chinese go there, the situation will change rapidly

Zenster said...

Perish the thought that China might actually step up to the plate and start protecting its own mineral leases or the in-country railway construction tied to those contracts.

However, every silver lining has its cloud and − in the absence of them abandoning all efforts to encyst Taiwan − our sharing of NATO doctrine with the Communist Chinese could prove to be a dire mistake.

Rider I said...

I sure hope they help out but do not join NATO.

Rider I