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Lots of Smiles and Lots of Handshakes, But What Else Did Syria’s President Get During His Recent Visit to China?

President Bashar al-Assad's visit to China in late September is widely seen as an important step in Syria's re-integration into the international community after years of Western-led international isolation. Assad received a much warmer welcome in China than he would pretty ...

Q&A: Lots of Smiles, Lots of Handshakes, But What Else Did Syrian President Bashar Assad Get During His Recent Visit to China?

President Bashar al-Assad's visit to China in late September is widely seen as an important step in Syria's re-integration into the international community after years of Western-led international isolation. Assad received a much warmer welcome in China than he would pretty ...

Chinese Media Discuss Bashar al-Assad’s Visit to China

By Andrea Ghiselli Introduction On September 22, seizing the opportunity provided by the visit of Bashar al-Assad to Hangzhou for the 19th Asian Games, China and Syria announced the establishment of a strategic partnership. The joint declaration ...

Xi Jinping Wraps Another Weekend of Rapid-Fire Diplomacy With Leaders From Asia and the Middle East

President Xi Jinping concluded a three-day sprint of back-to-back summits this weekend with leaders from Asia and the Middle East in what's become the new norm for Chinese presidential diplomacy. Before the pandemic, Xi was China's most well-traveled leader in the ...

Syrian President Assad Heads to Beijing as China Ramps Up Mideast Diplomacy

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will arrive in China on Thursday ahead of a landmark summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Assad's visit kicks off a new round of Chinese diplomacy focused on the Mideast in the weeks ahead that will also ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

China, Syria Blame U.S. Sanctions on Damascus for Hampering Earthquake Relief

China will send $4.4 million in emergency humanitarian aid to earthquake-hit Syria. The announcement came as China also echoed a call by Damascus for U.S. and European sanctions to be lifted to facilitate the delivery of aid. The ...

China’s Increasingly Close Ties With Syria Are Making Israel Very Nervous

China's outgoing ambassador to Syria, Feng Biao, held what appeared to be a rather friendly meeting with President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday providing yet another indication of the increasingly close ties between the two countries -- a trend that's making observers across the border in ...