Lebanese Port Eyes China as It Sells Itself as Hub for Syria

A container ship belonging to Cosco, the Chinese state-owned shipping group, recently docked in north Lebanon’s port of Tripoli. It was the first vessel to sail Cosco’s newly established China-Tripoli maritime route, following the French shipping company CMA CGM, which has also begun a China-Tripoli line. Lebanon hopes the arrival of Chinese ships augur Beijing’s interest in the country’s neighbour — Syria.