According to The Tehran Times, and picked up by Debka (two sources not vaunted for their reliability)
90,000 troops – if true that is a huge force being moved around Syria. I don’t know how they’d keep that many troops from being engaged by or engaging opposition forces. I saw this on Debka this morning, and also found the link above. We’ll need confirmation from other sources on this one as well. I was surprised at the chinese mention here. I don’t see them taking such an active role in propping up Assad, since it doesn’t seem to me that it would matter that much to them who is in charge. I couldn’t find any mention of this in any other news outlets so take it with a grain of salt. Perhaps another rumor of war?