Look who’s joining forces with Russia and Syria! Could this spell bad news for the United States in the near future? Ever since the return of the Syrian war in 2015, which has seen both US alliance forces and as – of last – September, Russian forces too, jousting for political influence in the region under the guise of fighting ISIS while in reality either seeking to oust or preserve the Assad regime, one major player was missing: China. That is about to change as the last major superpower enters the world’s most volatile – and dangerous – region.

Beijing and Damascus have agreed that the Chinese military will have closer ties with Syria, and provide humanitarian aid to the civil war torn nation, a high-ranking People’s Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors has also been discussed, according to Xinhua. As has been historically the case, China tends to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, namely the United States, Britain, France and Russia, while relying on the region for oil supplies. CONTINUE