War-torn Syria has officially joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
The move revives an old role of Syria in the ancient Silk Road – coming at a time of deep economic turmoil and a country badly in need of reconstruction. Attacks on infrastructure, including markets, hospitals and schools, have led to estimates of more than 350,000 civilians killed and half of the pre-war population displaced.
To discuss the potential impact of stronger economic ties between China and Syria:
- Victor Gao is a current affairs commentator and chair professor at Soochow University.
- Joshua Landis is a chair professor and the director of the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Middle East Studies.
- Adnan Nasser is an independent Middle East analyst.
- Bassam Abu Abdallah is a former Syrian government official. He currently heads the Baath Party Central School of Syria.
Defying US Caesar Act, China admits Syria into BRI https://t.co/ckHYLc0o4i Cradle
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) January 17, 2022
🇸🇾🇨🇳 Syria joins BRI to rebuild amid wars, Western sanctions, pandemic via cooperation with China – Global Times https://t.co/kSsiQAt24k
— China – Arab Forum (CAF) — المنتدى العربي الصيني (@china_arabia) January 13, 2022