Syrian President Bashar Assad has commenced his first visit to China in two decades, aiming to strengthen diplomatic ties, mitigate the impact of international sanctions, and alleviate his country’s isolation. During his visit, Assad is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and engage in various meetings and events. China has been a staunch supporter of Assad, obstructing UN sanctions against him. This visit is seen as an effort to enhance political trust and cooperation while discussing infrastructure projects such as dams and oil fields in Syria. The visit may mark a return to stronger bilateral relations, reminiscent of the pre-Arab Spring era.