“They should be happy if they get something fairly symbolic,” said Jacques deLisle, who teaches Chinese law and politics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. “Now, is that a real big victory? No. But I think the victory for everybody is to keep the relationship from going off the rails.”
The Syria strike may further complicate the talks. In February, Russia and China vetoed together a United Nations resolution to impose sanctions on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons, the seventh time Russia has wielded a veto regarding Syria and the sixth time China has done so since the civil war began in 2011.