Reports from Russia and the Middle East have both said China’s armed forces are on the way to Syria
Reports emanating from the Middle East last week said China was planning on joining the fight against ISIS “in the coming weeks”, according to a Syrian army official.
While Beijing insists it will abide by the United Nations (UN) in the region, hints of an action were backed up when it spoke strongly about a coordinated response to the rising terrorist threat.
The world cannot afford to stand by and look on with folded arms, but must also not arbitrarily interfere
Mr Wang and his opposite number in Russia, Sergey Lavrov met at length last week and afterwards Mr Lavrov said the two countries are in “similar positions” on many domestic and international issues.
Chinese foreign minister Wang has urged for a united front against extremism
It was said China’s J-15 warplanes would launch from an aircraft carrier for attacks on ISIS.
“The Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, followed by its aircraft carrier.”
These reports have not been verified by China and satellite images show the Syrian port of Tartus, currently empty.
However, China come under threat from ISIS in recent months increasing the theory an attack is in the pipeline.
Soldiers pictured in training last month taking part in drills in China
Putin, pictured with Chinese president Xi Jinping last month, would welcome military support
Reports circulated the Lianoning aircraft carrier was on its way to Syria
China officials also say they face a severe threat of terror attacks in Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in clashes over the past three years.
China was further angered by ISIS insurgents releasing photos last month purporting to be of a Chinese citizen who had recently gone missing in the region.
They were demanding a ransom for his return.
ISIS has also spoken of its desire to increase its presence in China and last month a document from the group revealed the country is among a list of nations it wants to seize by 2020.
China also has oil fields in Iraq and would suffer heavily financially if these fell into the hands of ISIS.