(Yicai Global) Sept. 22 -- China is ready to take part in reconstruction of Syria, said Xie Xiaoyan, China’s special envoy to war-torn Middle Eastern country, at a press conference in Moscow, huanqiu.com reported today, citing Russia’s Sputnik news agency. Some Chinese companies have already expressed interest in Syria's infrastructure projects, Xie stated.
Special envoy Xie Xiaoyan visited Russia from Sept. 20 to Sept. 21 to meet Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov and exchanged views with Russian officials on the current situation in Syria and the Middle East. China will maintain close contact with all involved parties and contribute to a political settlement, he said.
"When I visited Syria and Russia, I heard proposals aimed at starting a reconstruction process in Syria. The situation there has now improved. But the first priority is to achieve stability and fully implement the ceasefire agreement. It is hard to imagine how to build roads when the fighting goes on. Under current circumstances, any repaired infrastructure would be destroyed the next day. Second, the fact that the fighting is still going on does not mean that the involved parties will not consider rebuilding process. China has sufficient industrial capacity and is ready to actively participate in this process,” Xie said.
"The Chinese government encourages companies to take part in the reconstruction effort because Syria needs to rebuild the damaged roads, hospitals and schools. China is the world's second largest economy, but China alone is unable to undertake the whole reconstruction. It is reported that the reconstruction needs about USD200 billion to USD300 billion funds. Therefore, not only China, but countries in the region and the entire international community should work together to complete reconstruction of Syria,” Xie added.