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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)

(Picture Credit: abcnews.go.com)

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US Warships Pass Through Taiwan Strait, China Rebukes

Beijing views any ships passing through the strait as essentially breaching its sovereignty

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US Warships, Taiwan Strait
The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Pixabay

China said Thursday it had lodged a protest with Washington after two US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait amid rising tensions between the two powers.

The US Navy said the USS Preble, a destroyer, and USNS Walter S. Diehl, a supply ship, conducted a routine transit “in accordance with international law” on Wednesday.

“The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the navy said. “The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”

US warships periodically conduct “freedom of navigation” exercises in the narrow waterway separating the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, triggering angry responses from Beijing every time.

US Warships, Taiwan Strait

China said Thursday it had lodged a protest with Washington after two US warships sailed. Pixabay

Beijing views any ships passing through the strait as essentially breaching its sovereignty, while the US and many other nations view the route as international waters open to all.

“We have lodged solemn representations with the US,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing.

The sail-by comes on top of tensions between the United States and China over trade and US efforts to thwart Chinese telecom giant Huawei over security concerns.

The transit also comes as the US, Japan, South Korea and Australia kicked off operation “Pacific Vanguard” near Guam, bringing together more than 3,000 sailors from the four countries.

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Drills will focus on “live fire exercises, defensive counter-air operations, anti-submarine warfare, and replenishment at sea,” the US 7th Fleet said.

In April, Beijing said its navy warned off a French warship that had entered the Taiwan Strait and lodged an official complaint with Paris.

China sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since the end of a civil war on the mainland in 1949.

The US diplomatically recognizes China over Taiwan, but remains the island’s chief military ally and arms supplier.

US Warships, Taiwan Strait
China sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified. VOA

For the Guam naval drills, Australia has contributed two frigates, Japan two destroyers and South Korea one destroyer. The USS Blue Ridge, the 7th Fleet’s flagship, will lead the operation from the US side.

Home to more than 160,000 people, Guam was at the center of nuclear tensions between Washington and Pyongyang in 2017, with North Korea threatening to hit the US territory with “enveloping fire.” (VOA)