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New Delhi: With the release of a four-minute song “We are jihadi” in Mandarin, terror outfit ISIS stamped their presence in China.

Indian government might have played down the incident of ISIS flags fluttering in Srinagar prior to Prime Minister’s historic address in November. But the release of the song in China definitely testifies the presence of ISIS influence in the Indian subcontinent.

Reportedly, a US-based Kashmiri was behind the hoisting of the ISIS flag. He also released a video revealing the atrocities on Muslims in Gaza. The release of the video was aimed at instilling the idea of ‘jihad’ among the youths of Kashmir.

Notably, Pakistani and Islamic state flags are waved by Hurriyat supporters every Friday which results in disrupting the peace and stability of the region.

However, the ISIS went a step further by releasing the song was to expand their influence in India’s biggest neighbouring nation, China. The song provoked the Muslims in China to take up arms and fight for their just rights. Analysts on Monday said the song, released on Sunday by the ISIS propaganda website “Jihadology”, attempted to strengthen its presence in the country.

The song said: “It’s our dream to die fighting on the battlefield”, “No power could stop us from moving forward”, “Pick up your weapons to revolt” and “The shameless enemy would panic”.

It might be mentioned that this was the first time such a song was released by the outfit to influence the Muslims in China. It was also the first instance when the outfit made a bold attempt to recruit from the country.

Notably, Muslims from China’s Xinjiang Uygur region migrated to Syria and Iraq via Turkey to join the ISIS. It was expected that these militants would return to China and carry out subversive activities in the region.

(With inputs from agencies)

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China Warns Canada Against Severe Consequences If Huawei CFO Isn’t Released

A Huawei spokesman said on Friday that the company had "every confidence that the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will reach the right conclusion."

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A man lights a cigarette outside a Huawei retail shop in Beijing. VOA

China warned Canada on Saturday that there would be severe consequences if it did not immediately release Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s chief financial officer, calling the case “extremely nasty.”

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s global chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 and faces extradition to the United States, which alleges that she covered up her company’s links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions. The executive is the daughter of the founder of Huawei.

If extradited to the United States, Meng would face charges of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions, a Canadian court heard on Friday, with a maximum sentence of 30 years for each charge.

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Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s chief financial officer, is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters. VOA

No decision was reached at the extradition hearing after nearly six hours of arguments and counterarguments, and the hearing was adjourned until Monday.

In a short statement, China’s Foreign Ministry said that Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had issued the warning to release Meng to Canada’s ambassador in Beijing, summoning him to lodge a “strong protest.”

Adam Austen, a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, said Saturday that there was “nothing to add beyond what the minister said yesterday.”

Freeland told reporters on Friday that relationship with China was important and valued, and Canada’s ambassador in Beijing has assured the Chinese that consular access will be provided to Meng.

Good relationship

When asked about the possible Chinese backlash after the arrest of Huawei’s CFO, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Friday that Canada had a very good relationship with Beijing.

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The exterior of the Alouette Correctional Center for Women, where Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was being held on an extradition warrant, is seen in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. VOA

Canada’s arrest of Meng at the request of the United States while she was changing planes in Vancouver was a serious breach of her lawful rights, Le said.

The move “ignored the law, was unreasonable” and was in its very nature “extremely nasty,” he added.

“China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained person, and earnestly protect their lawful, legitimate rights, otherwise Canada must accept full responsibility for the serious consequences caused.”

The statement did not elaborate.

“There will probably be a deep freeze with the Chinese in high-level visits and exchanges,” David Mulroney, former Canadian ambassador to China, said on Friday. “The ability to talk about free trade will be put in the icebox for a while. But we’re going to have to live with that. That’s the price of dealing with a country like China.”

Trump-Xi meeting

Meng’s arrest came on the same day that U.S. President Donald Trump met in Argentina with China’s Xi Jinping to look for ways to resolve an escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

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A woman walks past an advertisement for Huawei at a subway station in Hong Kong. VOA

“We are tracking the developments of this case and refer you to the filings in the Supreme Court of British Columbia,” said a U.S. State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The news of Meng’s arrest has roiled stock markets and drawn condemnation from Chinese authorities, although Trump and his top economic advisers have played down its importance to trade talks after the two leaders agreed to a truce.

Also Read: U.S. Sues Chinese Tech Executive Over Business Dealings With Iran

A Huawei spokesman said on Friday that the company had “every confidence that the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will reach the right conclusion.” The company has said it complies with all applicable export control and sanctions laws and other regulations. (VOA)