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China says Islamic State song in Mandarin shows want for international cooperation

BEIJING A Chinese-language song purportedly released by Islamic State shows the need for closer international cooperation against terrorism, China’s Foreign Ministry stated on Tuesday, as a senior official stated the fight against Islamist militancy had created progress.

China relies on the Middle East for oil supplies, but tends to leave diplomacy there to the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, namely the United States, Britain, France and Russia.

It has urged greater coordination to fight terrorism soon after attacks in Mali and Paris and the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, but has long stated there is no military remedy in Syria, with state media criticizing the West and Russia for air strikes there.

More than the weekend, Islamic State’s propaganda arm, Al Hayat media center, appears to have place on the web a recording in Mandarin that exhorted its “Muslim brothers” to awaken.

In the four-minute song titled “I am Mujahid”, a man chants: “To die fighting on the battlefield is my dream,” and “No force can stop our advance”.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying stated she could not comment on regardless of whether the recording was issued by Islamic State, but stated it showed that “terrorism is the common enemy of mankind” and the need to have to quit extremists utilizing the World wide web.

“In the face of terrorism, no nation can stand on its personal, and the international community should stand closer collectively and cooperate to jointly strike against all forms of terrorism,” Hua told a regular news briefing on Tuesday.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told a separate briefing Beijing had already joined in anti-terrorism cooperation with Washington and Moscow, but gave no specifics.

“At present, relevant countries have proactively coordinated and consulted on their anti-Islamic State actions in Syria and they have had definite progress on fighting terrorism,” Cheng added.

As China’s economic and business interests abroad develop, it has increasingly been affected by the activities of militant groups.

Three Chinese executives were killed in Mali when Islamist militants stormed a hotel, and Beijing vowed justice when the Islamic State killed a Chinese captive in November.

Chinese officials warn that some Muslim Uighurs, an ethnic group from the western area of Xinjiang, have traveled to battlegrounds in Syria and Iraq.

The government says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists in power-wealthy Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in violence in current years.

Rights groups, even so, doubt that a cohesive militant Islamist group exists there, saying the violence stems from common anger at Chinese controls on religion and culture.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Agen Sabung Ayam