China’s Donation To Syria: Gift shows China's Indifference To Assad's
By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed
China’s Donation To Syria: Gift shows China's
Indifference To Assad's Crimes
It seems the Chinese have
finally felt some remorse for the horrific massacres committed by the Syrian
regime against children, and the displacement of millions of starving people,
by presenting a cheque for $50,000. Yes, that’s right, China, a powerful
country that holds investments worth a trillion dollars in US banks, and sells
$130 billion worth of goods in Gulf markets in a year, could only give the
Syrian refugees $50,000. Yet along with Russia, China has protected the
al-Assad regime and paved the way for its killings by vetoing U.N. Security
At least the Russians are explicit in their hostility towards the Syrians.
They have provided the Syrian regime with fuel and arms and printed its
currency. China, however, hides behind Russia at the Security Council, whilst
also enabling al-Assad to commit his massacres.
What can the Syrians do
with such an amount? What wounds will $50,000 heal?
What can the Syrians do with such an amount? What wounds will $50,000
Yet the smoke and mirrors and insults do not only stem from China
but also from the Arab League, which has set off a few verbal fireworks despite
having failed to achieve a single positive ever since Nabil Elaraby became
Secretary General. The league, even though historically known for its
incapability and fragile stances, has never before reached such lows. Its
positions, at least the statements made, were always clearer, stronger and more
vocal on issues relating to Palestine, Lebanon, post-occupation Kuwait, Somalia
Elaraby’s league is an organization with no color, taste or
smell. I have several times tried to understand how Elaraby thinks and what he
aims to achieve. Which political game could he possibly be playing? The truth
is I cannot understand him. Yesterday, he confused me further as he spoke of
sending peacekeeping troops to carry out a political transition process in
Even if these were Arab peacekeeping troops sanctioned by a UN
Security Council resolution, how could they be sent to Syria? What peace is
there for them to keep? Fighter jets are shelling people from afar and the
rebels are retaliating in the dark. There are no two opposing sides as in a
civil war or a battle fought between two armies. There is not even a peace
treaty to maintain. Could Elaraby be kind enough to explain to us his great
idea that he, along with other ministers, keeps on repeating?
League’s position is shameful. It is hiding behind the stances of Arab
governments in solidarity with the al-Assad regime such as those of Algeria,
Sudan and Iraq, as well as Egypt to a lesser extent.
Elaraby has to
realize that al-Assad’s game has ended and that his regime is disintegrating.
The Arab League and governments like Algeria’s no longer need to waste time
under new excuses. They granted al-Assad the cover as well as the time and now
the number of those slaughtered by the Syrian regime has reached more than
60,000 – most of whom were unarmed civilians. We all know well that al-Assad
will not allow peace or relief troops. Therefore, what Elaraby and his partners
are suggesting is just a mockery against the Syrian people and an
underestimation of us all.
As the countdown for the Syrian regime
begins, some, like China, will try to forge positions by registering themselves
as donors for the Syrian people. China only sent $50,000 so it will be
remembered as one that stood by the Syrians. Yet this is the same China that
participated in the slaughter of these people from a distance, from its
permanent seat at the UN Security Council.
Al Rashed is the general manager of Al -Arabiya
television. He is also the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al- Awsat, and the
leading Arabic weekly magazine, Al Majalla. He is also a senior Columnist in
the daily newspapers of Al Madina and Al Bilad. He is a US post-graduate degree
in mass communications. He has been a guest on many TV current affairs
programs. He is currently based in Dubai.