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China could play key role in rebuilding Syria

Western powers are reluctant to step in, as long as Assad remains in power; Russia and Iran cannot afford the bill

As the 6 1/2-year war winds down, with Bashar Assad still in power, the battle for influence in Syria has shifted to the diplomatic arena. Reconstruction, which the UN says could cost US$250 billion, is a key part of it.


WESTERN powers are reluctant to help rebuild Syria after its civil war, because they think the wrong side won. Russia and Iran played a major part in that outcome - but they can't afford a bill estimated at a quarter-trillion US dollars.

Enter China?

Qin Yong,...

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