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Navigating Regional Rivalries and Sensitivities

  • James M. Dorsey
Chapter
Part of the Global Political Transitions book series (GLPOTR)

Abstract

China’s desire to avoid being bogged down and mired in the Middle East and North Africa’s numerous wars, conflicts, disputes, and animosities is proving to be a gargantuan, if not impossible, task. Complicating its efforts is the spread of Saudi-inspired Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism in China among both Uyghurs in Xinjiang and more mainstream Hui Muslims. Chinese concern that Saudi Arabia is supporting Salafism in China is one of several potential drivers that could push China to tilt towards Iran despite its declared neutrality in the power struggle between the two regional heavyweights.

Keywords

China Saudi Arabia Iran Islam Uyghurs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Dorsey
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  1. 1.S. Rajaratnam School of International StudiesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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