Category Archives: China and Asia-Pacific

Plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya: Islamist extremists’ next rallying call?

Burning Myanmar flag James Dorsey says calls for jihad in defence of Burma’s Muslim minority prompt fears of a second front against Islamic State-linked fighters in Southeast Asia, and – for Arab rulers – concerns the issue will re-energise extremists and opposition groups. Read more [...]

Spreading the Gospel: Asian leaders wary of Saudi religious diplomacy

King Salman in Asia James Dorsey says leaders of Asian states recently visited by Saudi King Salman are waking up to the detrimental impact of Saudi religious diplomacy which is fostering sectarianism and intolerance in their societies. Read more [...]

Walking a tightrope: China manoeuvres between Saudi Arabia and Iran

President Xi Jinping and King Salman James Dorsey explains why Saudi King Salman's attempt to lure China into his kingdom's sectarian and geopolitical struggles with Iran is likely to fail, given Iran's strategic, economic and cultural advantages over Saudi Arabia. Read more [...]