Syria's reconstruction will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. China is being clever about getting its share of the pieNotice how the author frames the economic policies of China in regard to the rebuilding of Syria: it's merely economic realism. That is the only way that this capitalist oriented website can interpret China's policies in Syria so that capitalist indoctrinated people can understand it. The title and especially the above subtitle of this post suggest a rather cynical motivation behind China's policies--it's good for Chinese business. Yes, it is good for Chinese business, but it is also very good for Syria. This is another illustration of the win-win philosophy that informs the policies of China's Communist Party which is in stark contrast to the Empire's (see my commentary here).
We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up