Syria’s Assad visits China seeking funds

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is making his first visit to China since 2004. – EPA pic, September 21, 2023.

SYRIAN President Bashar Al-Assad begins today his first official trip to China in almost two decades, where he will ask a longtime ally for financial support to help rebuild his devastated country.

China will become one of only a handful of countries outside the Middle East that Assad has visited since the 2011 start of a war that has since killed more than half a million people, displaced millions more, and battered Syria’s infrastructure and industry.

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