This follows a visit by Saudi Arabia's main rival Iran the previous week.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.
China are also building strong ties with Israel.Bin Salman's visit to Beijing follows one earlier this week by a high-powered delegation from Saudi Arabia's chief strategic rival, Iran.
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 has also pursued robust ties with Israel.
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.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."
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.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.
China's foreign minister stated that bin Salman's visit reflects the growing ties between their two countries.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.
Previously on this trip bin Salman has visited India and Pakistan. His next stop is South Korea.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.
I never read the book you reference but some notes I would make, In the Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River the 2nd division was not completely destroyed as in 100% annihilation. That said it's loses were massive. 4000 casualties, almost all of it's artillery and half of the rest of it's equipment. Speaking of the Turks, the route of the Turkish Brigade in the battle contributed to the mauling the 2nd took during their retreat.I highly recommend ARRSE followers read 'This Kind of War - T.R. Fehrenbach'. Written back in the 60's. Pulls zero punches about fighting the CHI-COMMS.
The Chinese where the only nation in one hundred years to completely destroy a US Division (2nd) in the field.
The book helps you understand why the Americans never talk about the Korean War. A very candid read, good in audio book too.
Part of the reason for this is apparently Japan are concerned about whether they can continue to rely on the US and so are looking for additional allies.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to pitch closer defence cooperation with Canada, among other things, when he visits Ottawa this weekend.
"The fact that the U.S. seems to be withdrawing from the rest of the world and that we may not necessarily ... be able to rely upon the United States to guarantee freedom of movement in those areas is a concern."
Presumably if an aircraft crashed as a result there's no functional difference between that and a missile attack?Australian Defence 'sources' have reported Australian military aircraft have been targeted by lasers in the South China Sea. No collateral from The Australian newspaper (a more reliable source) as yet.
Apologies for quoting the ABC Chinese vessels believed responsible for laser attacks on Australian Navy pilots
There were roughly 1,000 laser attacks on aircraft in the UK in 2017. Lasers | UK Civil Aviation AuthorityPresumably if an aircraft crashed as a result there's no functional difference between that and a missile attack?
This is a routine problem everywhere.In one incident in July 2017, a UK airliner was targetted by a green laser during its approach to land. While the aircraft landed safely, the laser temporarily impaired the vision of one of the pilots who had to hand control over to the co-pilot. On the ground, the pilot was deemed unfit to fly until they recovered normal vision. This event was an unnecessary and avoidable distraction to flight crew during a high workload phase of flight and could have led to serious injury of the crew.
Laser attacks are most common near large city airports. They happen across the UK and are not limited to large commercial aircraft. General aviation and emergency helicopter flights are also targeted. This is of great concern to single pilot operations where there is no other crew member to deal with the distraction or potential incapacitation of a pilot.
Just exactly who is behind these many thousands of attacks in the UK, US, and all across the rest of the world over a period of many years and why they are doing it is something that I have never seen a good explanation of. I am also curious as to why more effort hasn't been put into dealing with the issue despite the numerous reports. I have read news reports that aircraft thousands of feet up have been successfully targetted with lasers while flying over western countries, so how whomever is doing this manages to aim their kit is an interesting question as well.I don't know why, I assumed that this was some superdooper eye-zapping military laser with evil Chinese Government backers.
So it might have been a bored fisherman acting like a mong?
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