One of China's foremost goals is to fully develop a deep-sea navy. Syria has offered access to one of its ports, which is the reason why its murderous ruler is seen as an ally. Beijing thinks it can take over the world yet Mongolia has already said it will display nuclear weapons if China gets out of control.
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from the article: China: U.S., Europe have hegemonistic goals in Syria