"The Chinese side welcomes the general agreement between the U.S. and Russia," Foreign Minister Wang Yi said while meeting his French counterpart on Sunday. "This agreement will enable tensions in Syria to be eased."

China has every right to be pleased.

Exactly a week earlier, while in Tashkent accompanying President Xi Jinping, who was paying a state visit to Uzbekistan, the Chinese foreign minister spoke on the telephone with his American counterpart, John Kerry, about the situation in Syria.