Former Syrian MP Sharif Shehadah said on a May 3, 2023 show that aired on Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon) that China and Russia have stood up to American control and interference because Syria had set an example by confronting the United States. He said that the rapprochement between China and Iran was a "knockout" for the U.S. and that the resistance axis has managed to incite the world against America.
Sharif Shehadah: "When we, Syrians, say that Syria has managed to change many concepts in the world, some people refuse to believe us. Let me tell you, Syria has managed to change concepts in the world, by means of the crisis into which it was hurled. A country like China said to itself that if a small country like Syria had managed to confront the United States – in cooperation with a group of friends in Iran, Lebanon, and Iraq... Syria managed to change these concepts. The United States used to control the world, but today China does not allow the U.S. and the West to meddle in its affairs. The same is true of Russia, and if we listen to what [French President] Macron said during his visit to China about Europe's need to find some independence in its self-defense... That proves that Syria has managed to change some concepts, along with its resistance axis. It has managed to prove to the world that the U.S. is not such a terrifying monster.
"The Saudi-Iranian reconciliation, which was achieved through China, was the biggest knockout to the United States. This proves that the [resistance] axis encouraged others to rebel against the U.S.
"The axis has managed to incite the world against the United States, and the U.S. no longer has political, military, or economic control."