By Spy Uganda
Officials in China have advised the Turkish government to halt all hostilities in Syria, because war is bound to weigh heaviest on Turkey.
However, the offensive in Syria, launched on Wednesday last week, continues, as Turkish forces fight with the Kurdish-led militia, which Ankara considers to be terrorists and Daesh fighters
The call to end the war came after the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang commented on the ongoing Turkish military operation in northern Syria by urging the country to stop it and “come back to the right track”.
Ankara was previously criticised for the hostilities by the US, the European Union, and the Arab League.
Washington vowed to impose sanctions on the Middle Eastern country while Paris and Berlin have since restricted arms sales to Turkey, urging other EU members to follow this step.
In response to the advance, the Syrian military also boosted their positions in the region, reclaiming the city of Manbij, previously controlled by the SDF troops, following a deal with the militants.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan negotiated the creation of a safe zone in northern Syria with the US a few months ago, but later accused Washington of sabotaging the process and vowed that Turkey would establish it on its own, if necessary.
Following the start of the operation, American soldiers withdrew from the area as Ankara attacked the Kurdish-led SDF.
According to Turkish authorities, the US-backed militia is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which it had blacklisted as a terror organisation.
But China insists that the war is likely to become more detrimental for Turkey than Syria, especially because of the sanctions slapped on them already, yet they’re likely to attract more.