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    China Offers to Help Iraq

    • This image from video posted by Iraqi0Revolution, a group supporting ISIL, shows a militant standing in front of a burning Iraqi Army Humvee in Tikrit, Iraq, June 11, 2014.
    • This image made from video posted by Iraqi0Revolution, a group supporting ISIL, shows militants at the Al-Sharqat base north of Tikrit, Iraq, June 11, 2014.
    • Kurdish police stand guard while refugees from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region outside Irbil, Iraq, June 11, 2014.
    • A refugee from Mosul stands outside her family's tent at Khazir refugee camp outside Irbil, Iraq, June 11, 2014.
    • Iraqi security forces head to Baghdad on the main road between Baghdad and Mosul, a day after fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control of much of Mosul, Iraq, June 11, 2014.
    • Iraqi security forces leave a military base as Kurdish forces take over control in Kirkuk, Iraq, June 11, 2014.
    • A burnt vehicle belonging to Iraqi security forces is seen on a road one day after insurgents seized control of the city of Mosul, June 10, 2014.
    • Damaged vehicles belonging to Iraqi security forces are seen during clashes between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in Mosul, Iraq, June 10, 2014.
    Reuters
    China said on Friday that it was watching security developments in Iraq closely after Islamist fighters captured two more towns in a sweep south, and offered the government in Baghdad whatever help it can give.

    China is the top foreign player in Iraq's oilfields, which are the largest in the Middle East open to foreign investment, and has a natural interest in the country's stability.

    "China is paying close attention to the recent security situation in Iraq and we support the Iraqi government's efforts to maintain domestic security and stability. We hope that Iraq can return to stability, safety and normality as early as possible," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

    "For a long time, China has been giving Iraq a large amount of all sorts of aid and is willing to give whatever help it is able to," she told a daily news briefing without elaborating.

    China had asked Iraq's government to ensure the safety of Chinese people in the country, Hua said, though she did not say if any there had been any effect on China's oil interests in the country.

    State-run China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China's biggest oil and gas producer, has three projects in Iraq, in the south and southeast of the country.

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    by: Raselon from: USA
    June 15, 2014 8:41 AM
    Two notorious races whose common goal is to spread havoc.

    by: Trung from: VN
    June 15, 2014 12:05 AM
    Something like helping herself with Iraq.

    by: Anonymous
    June 14, 2014 6:25 PM
    China needs a place to "test" their weapons

    by: ted Nelson from: Gold Bar Washington
    June 14, 2014 8:13 AM
    We have a tremendous opportunity presenting itself. For the longest time the faces of the Al Qaeda extremists have remained hidden. Suddenly, they have come out of the woodwork and become targets all over Iraq and Syria. Obviously, China recognizes this. Unfortunately, we see this as a repeat of the old Shiite-Suni conflict. It is not. This is a war being directly led by the former Al Qaeda now operating as ISIL. For years we have waited for an opportunity to fight terrorists on our own terms with conventional forces, but have been stymied by hit and miss adventures using only a few terrorists and single small targets. Thus making the use of conventional warfare useless. Now we have the opportunity to go after them with conventional military might. We need to go forward with vigor and destroy these evil people.

    by: david from: usa
    June 14, 2014 12:06 AM
    China offers to help? WOW it is new. Chinese live as a slave to their Gov., and China offer to help the other country!!!
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    by: chineese from: usa
    June 14, 2014 6:30 PM
    China had asked Iraq's government to ensure the safety of Chinese people in the country.
    Are you sure chineese government? Please ask your own people see if you guys careeeeeeeeee.
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    by: Patrick Fortier
    June 14, 2014 12:18 PM
    China is defending their oil fields.

    by: So So from: US
    June 13, 2014 6:42 PM
    would that be anything like Chinese boots on the ground?

    by: USA from: USA
    June 13, 2014 4:41 PM
    Yeah..like china helped Philippine with $100,00.
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    by: Ian from: USA
    June 15, 2014 12:49 PM
    To Dory ,
    Will this be the same help the Chinese extended to the Tibetans in 1950 . Tell us what is the Chinese government 's timeline for Iraq to become a Chinese autonomous region ?
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    by: Dory from: Davao
    June 13, 2014 11:20 PM
    That is because pinoy is enemy of China. You lucky they even gave you money. But Iraq is different. Iraq is friend with China. Huge difference. An observation a dimwit like you somehow failed to distinguish. :)
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    by: LiveFree from: USA
    June 13, 2014 5:25 PM
    LOL! Cute! I almost forgot about this one.

    by: GrumpyBob from: SoCal
    June 13, 2014 4:10 PM
    It would be an interesting exercise to see Chinas ability to deal with Mideastern crazy. I think they should take their turn in the barrel. Americas lets love them into submission strategy certainly was not working. Chinas stern hand will probably play a lot better for calming the blood and oil soaked sand of the region.

    by: Ivansk from: L.A.
    June 13, 2014 4:07 PM
    China offering help is NOT help but are trying to gain experience in combat as how the US has conducted it's business. This is their broader effort to gradually gain the experience they need to boost the moral of their troops to finally counter the US. This has always been a part of their vision so as to know their "Enemy" before going into combat. Too easy to see through it. China is not fooling anybody.

    by: AuroraNorth from: USA
    June 13, 2014 3:39 PM
    China will help to pump the oil out fast and keep it in a safe place... China.
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