China And Pakistan Differ On Turkey's Military Action In Syria

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In what is being termed as a rare sight, China and Pakistan have ended up having a difference in opinion on Turkey's military action in the country of Syria.

Written By Ruchit Rastogi | Mumbai | Updated On:

In what is being termed as a rare occurrence, China and Pakistan have ended up having a difference in opinion on Turkey's stance in Syria. While China has asked Turkey to cease its military attacks against the Kurdish forces, Pakistan has backed the Turkish orchestrated assaults. This in relation to Turkey's attack in Syria against the Kurdish led forces who they have deemed to be "militants".

China's stance on the ongoing crisis

China pressed Turkey to stop its attack in Syria as it could create a path for the IS extremists to escape from Syria. An official Chinese representative, Geng Shuang, stated that Turkey should chart out a diplomatic settlement in relation to the ongoing crisis under the rules of the United Nations charter(foundational treaty) and International laws. 

In addition to this, Shuang added that Syria's independence and demographic integrity is something that needs to be respected by everyone and that should help Turkey to put a stop to their attack in different parts of Syria. 

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China is worried that the Turkish attacks could result in a lot of IS extremists escaping as many of them are reportedly considered to from the Uighurs community from Xinjiang that has been subject to a massive raid being conducted by Chinese authorities on the people who are a part of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

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Pakistan's support for Turkey

Meanwhile, Pakistan chose to support the attacks in Syria just before the arrival of Turkey president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Islamabad in the latter half of October. According to a statement released by Pakistan's PMO, Imran Khan had a telephonic conversation with the Turkish president to show his country's support for Turkey. 

In earlier incidents, 16 individuals holding ranks in the Kurdish driven Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alongside six different soldiers were killed and another 33 harmed, as Turkey continued with an airstrike on the northeastern part Syria. Turkish planes and huge weapon shells struck 181 people over the affected zone after U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to give the green light for the specific activity.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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