ISIS had its fair share of violence with almost every major country in the world. Now, it has China, the communist superpower in its sight. ISIS recently made a direct threat to China in a video they released. Why did they choose China now? Let’s see…
China is home to a Muslim community named Uighurs who live in Xinjiang province. Since they’ve been living under communist ideals, they’ve been allegedly kept repressed and there is a high tension between the people here and the government. There is a serious resistance forming here against the government, and the individual extremists’ attacks are soaring at an all-time high. Many people have been killed in the Xinjiang province and the government blames it on the state of unrest created by Islamic militants who apparently want a different state called East Turkestan.
What’s in the video?
USA based SITE intelligence agency translated the message in the video posted by the ISIS which translates to” Oh, you Chinese who do not understand what people say. We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenging the oppressed”. The video had the Uighurs training and also the Chinese police force that has been deployed in Xinjiang province due to the constant attacks.
Following the release of the video, Chinese foreign ministry wishes to work with other nations to tackle the ISIS problem. It fears that extremists from Xinjiang province went and joined the special forces in Syria and Iraq to fight with the militant forces there, through illegal ways from South East Asia and Turkey.
Even before the video, Ethnic Uighurs have carried out several small-scale and less coordinated attacks, one among them being the May 2014 attacks in Xinjiang’s Capital region called Urumqi where 45 were killed and 90 were seriously injured. This video will only help garner more people for the cause.
The brute force of China against terrorist threats including military mobilization and violent repression will only fuel the rise of extremism rather than suppressing it.
But many human right’s activist groups doubt the presence of a militant group within the province and blame the China’s severe repression policies for the Uighur’s agitation. For which China denies any repression against the Uighurs.