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| Britain and the EU
The attack by the US, France and Britain on Syria last week, deepened the divide between the Western powers and Russia.
China sat quietly. As a country that adheres strictly to the principle of non-intervention, it condemned both sides. When Washington and Moscow threatened war and retaliation, Beijing remained neutral.
China now calls for a political settlement in Syria, while solidifying its own economic ties. Russia and the US continue to spar over Assad, but China stays guardedly aloof on Syria and sticks to the principle of peaceful resolution.
Syria was once a western terminus of the old Silk Road, and today is an important hinge to China’s new Belt and Road Initiative, which leads down to the Mediterranean Sea. China also has contracts with Syrian oil companies and, looks to build a new telecommunications infrastructure in Syria.
But China wants Assad to stay on in power if it is to move forward. It does not favor a Libya like repeat exercise of his being ousted and killed on the streets, as was Libya’s benevolent dictator Col. Gadhafi.
For that reason, China’s ambassador to the UN, Ma Zhaoxu, reiterated that a solution to the conflict requires a “Syrian-owned and led political process.”
China has so far not taken sides in US-Russia dispute in Syria and instead pledged support for Syria’s reconstruction. Further down the wire, Chinese firms have already submitted bids to rebuild Syria’s shattered telecommunications systems, so China’s long-term neutrality on Syria is doubtful.