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The Obama administration has no comment about GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson's expanded comments about Chinese military involvement in Syria, including the claim that China is giving the Syrian government weapons.

In a memo circulated by his campaign on Friday, his team clarified that when he said "the Chinese are there" in Syria, he was not implying that the PLA is fighting in Syria's civil war.

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"Dr. Carson does not believe China is currently fighting in or deploying troops to Syria, and contrary to press reports, he has never made that assertion," the memo stated.

Instead, he was referring to China's "longstanding and well-documented security ties to Syria," which include providing "various military weapons and equipment that Syria is using in the current conflict."

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