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China Eyes Role Rebuilding Syria While Putin Spars With West

  • Chinese firms see ‘huge business potential’ in reconstruction
  • U.S., EU withhold funds as they seek to keep pressure on Assad
Damaged buildings in Raqa in Oct. 2017.
Damaged buildings in Raqa in Oct. 2017.Photographer: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images
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Western powers are reluctant to help rebuild Syria after its civil war, because they think the wrong side won. Russia and Iran played a major part in that outcome -- but they can’t afford a bill estimated at a quarter-trillion dollars.

Enter China?