“The Chinese government attaches high importance to the security and the lawful rights and interests of Chinese citizens and institutions in Iraq,” China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
“We are ready to continue with our help as our capacity allows and hope to see an early restoration of security, stability and order in Iraq,” Hua Chunying added.
On the US side, Obama had ruled out sending U.S. troops back on Iraqi warzone against militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), wanting the Iraq government to be more hands on in the insurgency. However, US is sending the world’s largest warship the carrier USS George H.W. Bush supported by USS Philippine Sea and USS Truxtun for possible airstrike.
“The order will provide the Commander-in-Chief additional flexibility should military options be required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq,” the Pentagon said.