China - and the dangerous drift to war in Asia

Grey Fox

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Interesting article in the Canadian "The globe and mail" newspaper.
"To see the world from the Asian point of view requires overcoming decades of accumulated – and willfully cultivated – ignorance about Asia. To this day, Asian perspectives are often inflected through Western prisms; they can only add colour to an unshakable conventional Western narrative, but nothing more. Yet the presumption that today’s Western trends are global quickly falls on its face."

Welcome to the Asian century
 
It's a bit difficult to decide where to put this one, as it could be considered either a Saudi Arabia story or a China story. Saudi crown prince arrives in China to boost relations amid tensions with the West | CBC News
Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in China on a visit covering trade and diplomatic matters.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in China on Thursday on the latest stop of a sweep through Asia that seeks to boost relations with the kingdom's neighbours amid frictions with the West.
This follows a visit by Saudi Arabia's main rival Iran the previous week.
Bin Salman's visit to Beijing follows one earlier this week by a high-powered delegation from Saudi Arabia's chief strategic rival, Iran.
China are also building strong ties with Israel.
China has also pursued robust ties with Israel.
Despite China facing criticism in western countries over issues involving the Muslim Uighur minority in China, the only Muslim country to criticize China over this issue is Turkey.
China is facing growing international criticism over its treatment of its Muslim minority groups as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on religion and minority languages.
Thus far, Turkey has been the only majority Muslim country to criticize Beijing, with its Foreign Ministry this month calling the treatment of minority Uighurs "a great cause of shame for humanity" and saying it is "no longer a secret" that China has arbitrarily detained more than a million Uighurs in "concentration camps."
Despite Saudi Arabia claiming to be the protector of Muslims throughout the world, they have remained silent about the Uighur issue. This is believed to be a reflection of their appreciation for China's own policy of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
Saudi Arabia's Al Saud royal family has long cast itself as the defender of Muslims across the world. Its king describes himself as the protector of Islam's two holiest mosques at Medina and Mecca. (...) Saudi Arabia's silence on the Uighur issue is partly explained as a show of appreciation for China's non-interference policy in other states' domestic affairs, which contrasts with Western states' linkage of foreign and economic relations and human rights, said Jonathan Fulton, a political scientist at Abu Dhabi's Zayed University.
It also reflects the acceptance of China framing the problem in terms of responding to Islamic political radicalism, something that many Arab countries can relate to as being a threat to themselves as well.
It also reflects China's success in framing its policies toward Muslim minorities as a struggle against political Islam, Fulton said.
"Many Arab countries are also concerned with Islamist political groups ... and see these as ideological threats to their governments," he said.
China's foreign minister stated that bin Salman's visit reflects the growing ties between their two countries.
Commenting Wednesday on the crown prince's visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said recent years have "seen a positive momentum in our co-operation with fruitful outcomes in various areas such as infrastructure and space satellites."
"We hope that through this visit we will enhance our relations enhance mutual trust, deepen co-operation ... and inject momentum into our bilateral relations," he said.
Previously on this trip bin Salman has visited India and Pakistan. His next stop is South Korea.
 

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