Hillary Clinton: China and Russia Will Pay the Price for Supporting Syria
The third “Friends of Syria” conference opened on the 6th in Paris. Sources report that 100 national and regional organizations attended the summit, while China and Russia continued to boycott it. On one side was “Wikileaks‘” high-profile release of 2 million documents involving Syria that will “embarrass the West and al-Assad’s regime”. On the other side was the Western media hyping that one of al-Assad’s most trusted generals had “defecting to Paris”. On the 6th, international public opinion on Syria has become even more climactic than the current crisis in the country itself. The third conference’s attendees jointly declared a demand that Syrian President “Bashar al-Assad step down”, but still have yet to come up with a concrete strategy for accomplishing this. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claims “progress cannot be blocked” [actual English was: “holding up progress…is no longer tolerable”] and that “Russia and China will pay a price” for their obstruction. French President Francois Hollande also claimed that those supporting the Syrian government will be seen as collaborators to the crimes it is committing, but mentioned no names.
The Paris summit the third “Friends of Syria” conference following those in Tunisia in February and Turkey in April, and China and Russia refused to take part in all three meetings. Agence France-Presse wrote on the 6th that Hillary Clinton urged participants during the meeting to “reach out to Russia and China.” “I think China and Russia may believe they will not pay a price for standing with the Syrian regime” [actual English was: “I don’t think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all, nothing at all, for standing with (the) Assad regime.”], she said, mobilizing the conference participants to make it clear to China and Russia that “their behavior cannot be tolerated, and they will pay a price for it” [Actual English was: “The only way that will change is if every nation represented here directly and urgently makes it clear that Russia and China will pay a price. Because they are holding up progress, blockading it. That is no longer tolerable.”]. Like the two meetings before it, this meeting gathered together the Syrian opposition, but no representatives from the Syrian government attended.
Also joining in on the party is “Wikileaks.” Its website claimed on the 5th that it will make public over 2 million emails involving the Syrian government, politicians, and corporations. The information would include how Syrian authorities plan to transfer and move their assets, and how it will purchase electronic equipment from certain Western companies. “Wikileaks” founder, Julian Assange, claims the content will embarrass Damascus as well as expose the “do as I say, not as I do” hypocrisy of Western countries.
Compared to information leaks, unity of the inner circle is a far more dangerous problem for the al-Assad regime. Media within Syria claim, Syrian elite armored unit and Republican Guard Brigadier-General Manaf Tlas defected on the 5th, and presently has already entered Turkey with 15 other military officials. The people from Damascus that Global Times reporters contacted believe this is the first incidence of betrayal amongst al-Assad’s inner circle since the beginning of the Syrian crisis. Tlas was responsible for the president’s protection, and was one of al-Assad’s few confidants. His Father, Mustafa Tlass, was al-Assad Senior’s right-hand man. On the 6th, Agence France-Presse quoted “reliable information” saying Tlas and his family are currently flying towards Paris.
On the 6th, “Arabia Online” said the conference in Paris is no longer discussing whether or not al-Assad should step down from power, but instead which country will receive him when he does. “France, America, and the UK said they would not, and it is not likely China or Russia will. Where Bashar will go has become a tricky problem.” Russia has been denying discussions with the United States regarding where al-Assad will go. On the 6th, Russia’s Kommersant quoted “information from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs” claiming the government thinks al-Assad only has a 10% chance left of retaining political power. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on the 6th that Russia Russia does not at all stand on al-Assad’s side; and that Russia supports dialogue as the proper way to solve the Syrian conflict.
Comments from NetEase:
It will unfold just like Libya. History will majestically flatten out all stumbling blocks in the path forward; the Great Unity of the world is not far!
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claims “progress cannot be blocked” and “Russia and China will pay a price” for their obstruction. French President Francois Hollande also claimed that those supporting the Syrian government will be seen as collaborators to the crimes it is committing, but mentioned no names.
Hold fast to protecting Syria, do not tolerate foreign powers controlling its politics/government, it should be self-determination by the Syrian people! It is clear that China and Russia’s position have a moral foundation. At the same time, it must be made clear that protecting Syria does not mean supporting al-Assad’s dictatorship. ＝＝ China and Russia do not have the capital or political space to back out of their position on Syria. Russia’s interests in Syria are greater than those of China’s. What China is considering is if Iran will be able to hold up independently after Syria, to the extent that it’ll lose its southwest buffer. I understand and support the [Chinese] government!
Stupid cunts who put down our country, if you don’t like China you can get lost, go change your nationality, are you capable of that? Just because you’re not doing well in life, you go complaining about government policies and the system, why don’t you take a good look at yourself? No culture/education, no character/class, just what makes you qualified to say anything?
[Note: This comment was one of the earliest posted comments to the above article. It could be a reaction to a few earlier Chinese netizen comments that expressed vague agreement with the notion that China will one day pay a price or that “dawn” will one day come to China, but it could also very likely be a preemptive comment against Chinese netizens who express critical views about their country.]
bryantogo: (replying to above)
有关布门: (replying to above)
A pair of SB.
123.147.*.*: (replying to above)
892172056: (replying to above)
It’s my home, so why should I leave? If we left, then you trash would have succeeded! And you know what, I intentionally want to fight with you bastards to the very end!
All the states of the US should rise up and demand independence! We would support it.
网易云南省手机网友: (replying to above)
Occupy Wall Street is useless, just need the various states of the U.S. to demand independence on their own.
ye77hao: (replying to above)
Do you understand what federalism means? The various states of the United States of America already have highly independent administrations/governments.
South Korean Media: China over the span of 30 years has given 636.5 billion yuan RMB in aid to North Korea. 2012-07-07 03:36:00 From: Global Times
The incident of the North Korean Military bullying Chinese fisherman…seems like the story of The Farmer and the Viper…
If it weren’t for the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea back then, the entire Kim dynasty would have long ago ended; that the Kim dynasty is still around today is completely because of our help…
If it hadn’t been for our protection and our objections in the U.N., America would long ago destroyed North Korea’s nuclear facilities…
If it weren’t for us every year providing massive amounts of aid to perpetuate the North Korean government…
[Note: This commenter is commenting on this article about another article, because the commenting is closed and not allowed on that article.]
fseaside: (replying to above)
Back then, the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea was for national defense [to protect ourselves]. The goal of sending troops to North Korea was prevent the American army from reaching the Yalu River and threaten China.
不沉默的羔羊: (replying to above)
[Above], I’m truly speechless! It’s been so many years, and you still haven’t woke up, having been sold and even helping them count the money, just how long will you continue being confused?!!!
jasonhw: (replying to above)
What [fseaside] is saying is fact, and no matter how many years pass it will still be fact.
poiuyt88: (replying to above)
Facts your MB, that’s the result of reading history textbooks too much, who says that’s fact?
网易广东省汕头市手机网友: (replying to above)
The Red Guard, aka wumao.
大汉回梦: (replying to above)
The Red Guards were also protecting their country, and never had mercy towards Chinese traitorous dogs. The Red Guards had their own beliefs/convictions. What do American running dogs have? Do you understand the saying “the dogs will be eaten once all the rabbits are dead”?
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on the 6th that Russia Russia does not at all stand on al-Assad’s side; and that Russia supports dialogue as the proper way to solve the Syrian conflict.
The Polar Bear has retreated, the weight is all on the Panda now.