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How Russia could facilitate China’s role in rebuilding Syria

Moscow and Beijing are eyeing a number of opportunities to push forward on the reconstruction of Syria and Lebanon could play a central role.
Workers work at a construction site in Ein Terma, a district of eastern Ghouta, Syria February 26, 2019. Picture taken February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RC18BEF25A70

When Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Russia in early June, he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin signed joint statements addressing everything from protecting giant pandas to partnering in e-commerce.

During the state visit, they also discussed providing assistance for Syria’s recovery, something they have both been investigating for some time. Beijing has employed a “haste makes waste” approach, feeling comfortable taking one step at a time.

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