Syrian protesters demonstrating against Syrian President Bashar Assad last June in Amman, Jordan.
“China’s reputation in the Arab world will be hurt to some degree [because they don’t support Syrian intervention], but it will surely be quite temporary and limited. After all, China should not be required to agree with others every time. Otherwise, its reputation, including that for willpower, might be negatively impacted even more in the longer term both among the Chinese public and some, or perhaps many, nations in the world.”
–SHI YINHONG, PROFESSOR ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AT RENMIN UNIVERSITY.
From a post in Evan Osnos’ Letter from China blog that ponders China’s disagreement with the perceived international political consensus on Syrian intervention. Full text available here.