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US Urges China To Support Anti-ISIS Campaign In Middle East

Susan Rice

(Photo : Reuters/Andy Wong/Pool) U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice shakes hand with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a 45-minute meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing on September 9, 2014.

As the Obama administration builds the international coalition to combat the foreign terrorism, national security advisor Susan Rice is enlisting China against the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East.

Rice, who is in Beijing for three days to lay out the groundwork for President Obama's November visit, reportedly received no commitment from top Chinese officials.

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However, a senior U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, told The Washington Post that China "expressed interest" in helping the fight against the Islamic State group.

According to the unnamed U.S. official, China is an important part in the anti-ISIS international coalition.

The United States has been working to bring a global military campaign against the notorious ISIS. An offshoot of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, ISIS, also known as ISIL, has taken over large swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territories.

The Obama administration has so far enlisted 9 NATO member countries - UK, Australia, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Denmark, Canada, and Turkey - in the campaign to defeat and degrade the terrorist group.

These countries are expected to lend financial and military support to Iraqi, Kurds and Syrian rebel forces in the US-led campaign against the caliphate-establishing Islamic State fighters.

But China has its own domestic Islamic terrorism fronts to fight, particularly in the Xianjiang region, reported The International Business Times.

Last month, President Xi Jinping declared his own war on terror following the worst act of Islamic terrorism in Chinese soil that claimed 39 lives in Urumqi.

President Xi mobilized Chinese troops in Xinjiang, which is home to the Muslim Uighur minority, in a widening crackdown of Muslim extremists in the region that has led to the arrest of at least 800 Muslims since May, state media reported.

It is not yet known whether China will, indeed, support the anti-ISIS coalition, but American and Chinese officials are reportedly still discussing possible Chinese contribution.

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