China Holds Meetings With Syrian Opposition Group

Despite joining Russia last weekend in vetoing a U.N. resolution calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down amid growing violence, the Financial Times reports that the Chinese have held talks with Syrian opposition representatives “in a sign that it has begun hedging its bets on the latest Arab country shaken by unrest.” Western and Arab countries sharply criticized Russia and China for the veto and as the FT notes, “Beijing has been struggling since last weekend to justify its role” in blocking the resolution. Delegates from the Syrian National Committee for Democratic Change just wrapped meetings in Beijing with Chinese deputy foreign minister Zhai Jun and other senior diplomats.