Xie Xiaoyan, China’s special envoy to Syria, recently visited Damascus to hold talks with the Syrian government and representatives of the opposition.
During his visit Xie Xiaoyan met with Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid al-Muallem and other prominent government officials, as well as representatives of the Syrian opposition, in order to discuss China’s involvement in humanitarian operations in Aleppo, as well as other issues related to the ongoing conflict in the war-torn country. It should be noted that several months before, in August 2016, another high-ranking Chinese official – namely, Rear Admiral Guan Youfei, the man in charge of China's office for international military cooperation – also visited Damascus to meet with Syria’s Defense Minister Lt. General Fahd Jassem al-Frejj, effectively negotiating the deployment of Chinese military advisers to the country. Ren Yuanzhe, a professor at China’s Diplomatic Academy, told Sputnik China that Xie Xiaoyan's visit represents China’s desire to play a more constructive role in resolving the Syrian crisis.Sputnik International
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