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.