Archive for the ‘Syria’ Category

Syrian Economy Lies In Ruins and China Sniffs Opportunity

Via The Guardian, an article on China’s interest in rebuilding Syria: Standing on a podium on Saturday to take an oath of office, Bashar al-Assad declared himself the only man who could rebuild Syria. His first foreign guest, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, seemed to enhance his claim, endorsing the president’s win in a May poll […]

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Syria’s Surprising Solar Boom: Sunlight Powers the Night in Rebel Idlib

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on how Syrians in a poor, embattled enclave have turned en masse to solar panels to charge their phones and light their homes and tents: When the Syrian government attacked their village, Radwan al-Shimali’s family hastily threw clothes, blankets and mattresses into their truck and sped off […]

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Why China Will Not Rebuild Syria

Via East Asia Forum, commentary on growing unlikelihood that China will rebuild Syria: A decade since the start of the Syrian civil war, debate on the conflict is shifting toward the rebuilding of the country. China is increasingly being touted as a leading candidate to address Syria’s post-conflict reconstruction at a time when Western powers and Syrian […]

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Syria: A Future Notch on China’s BRI?

Via Eurasia Review, an article on how Syria could become a key node in China’s infrastructure, telecommunications and energy-driven Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): China looms large as a potentially key player alongside Russia and Iran in President Bashas al-Assad’s post-war Syria. With Russia and Iran lacking the financial muscle and the United States and […]

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Will China Rebuild Syria?

Via the Begin-Sadat Center, an article on who – after almost a decade of civil war in Syria – will be in charge of the reconstruction of the nation, with China a likely candidate: The relationship between China and Syria dates back to 1956, when the countries first initiated diplomatic contact. Bilateral relations have stayed […]

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Reviving Syria’s Economy Is an Uphill Battle After Years of War

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, a look at Syria’s economic challenges ahead: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has all but won a devastating nine-year war, but he faces a challenge to revive an economy devastated by war, shunned by foreign investors and strangled by Western sanctions. Now, the battered economy is suffering a fresh blow. A plunging […]

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