In Syria, a rare Chinese foray into foreign policy

a Financial Times article by Ian Bremmer 11.20.2012  link
excerpt
This is what happens in a G-Zero world — a world without any specific country or bloc of countries in charge. China has long been content to watch world events play out and then react, trusting that another country would step in to put volatile situations to rest. But that’s not happening with the Syrian conflict and its spillover into the broader Middle East.

 PHOTO: China’s Premier Wen Jiabao (R) sits alongside U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during the East Asia Summit plenary session in Phnom Penh, November 20, 2012.   REUTERS/Jason Reed

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