China Criticizes the United States’ Illegal Occupation of Syria

During a press briefing on March 10, 2023, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning was asked about the United States’ continued occupation of Syria. The question came in the wake of a failed vote led by Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz to force the Biden regime to pull all American troops from Syria. 

She was asked specifically: 

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley recently visited a US military base in northeast Syria, saying that US troops’ withdrawal from Syria would threaten the security of the US and its allies. Syria’s foreign ministry condemned the visit as a flagrant violation of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and asked the US to stop its persistent, systematic violation of international law. This week, the US House voted down a bill directing removal of troops from Syria. What’s China’s comment?

She responded: 

Since the US began its illegal interference in the Syrian crisis, its military operations in Syria have taken away a large number of innocent civilian lives and caused grave humanitarian disasters. The US has been criticized multiple times by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic of the UN for indiscriminate attacks that may amount to a war crime.

Mao highlighted the US’s stubborn behavior with regards to Syria, which indicates that it indefinitely wants to maintain a presence there: 

The Syrian crisis will soon enter its 13th year. At least 350,000 people have lost their lives and 14 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The US, however, insists that a withdrawal is ‘premature’ and has shown no inclination to end its illegal military presence in Syria. 

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson called on the US to cease its occupation of Syria:

We call on the US to respect other countries’ sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, immediately end the troops’ illegal occupation and plundering in Syria, remove illegal unilateral sanctions and stop creating and aggravating humanitarian disasters.

The US is in Syria as a part of its universalist mission to remake the world in its dysfunctional image. On top of that, it’s also there to serve the agenda of its Israeli allies, who abhor the regime of Bashar al-Assad and want to halt Iranian expansion in Syria. 

With the southern border collapsing, the US maintaining a presence in Syria is geopolitical malpractice at its worst. The US should pull its troops out of Syria, irrespective of what China says, and re-allocate those resources to bolster border security. That’s where America’s national security resources should be allocated towards in the present moment.

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