President Obama's travel to China for the G20 Summit appears to show the growing trend of countries pulling away from the United States to acknowledge other powers in the region that could fill in the gap, such as Russia.
During his visit with President Xi Jinping in China, which took place prior to the recent agreement between the U.S. and Russia over the Syrian Civil War, the Associated Press referred to some details in the new deal that would have Russia and the U.S. sharing intelligence to take on the Islamic State in Syria and the al-Nusra Front, who are an extension of al-Qaeda; an agreement that would exclude any involvement from the Syrian government.
Reuters has reported on the recent calm during the ceasefire, and the skepticism of the opposition who say that Syrian government forces will attack whenever they want.
The article and recent reports seem to confirm that Assad's statements of taking back Syria from the terrorists, is not to be taken lightly.
The U.S.-led coalition's end-goal continues to be that Bashar al-Assad must be forced out of of Syria. But unless the United States is willing to engage in a massive war with Russia, President Obama has decided to take the route of diplomacy in order to help target terrorists instead.
Over the last several weeks, Turkey has helped to confuse the relationship between alliances who are helping fight ISIS, which required that there be some agreement with Russia at some level, in order to hold Assad back from attacking opposition forces.
At the time of the AP report, President Obama was traveling through Asia starting with the G20 Summit in China, which revealed some tense moments with Chinese security personnel and White House reporters and staff.