ISKP Publishes Its Most Comprehensive Critique of China Yet, Threatens War with Beijing, and Sees Opportunity in “WW3”
On September 2, ISKP published the 13th issue of its Voice of Khurasan magazine series in which it devoted an entire section to a very thorough editorial titled “China’s Daydream of Imperialism”. The piece is a big-picture analysis of China’s rapid rise to great power status, its resultant imperial hubris, and several problems Beijing is now dealing with as a result. The article is unprecedented in both its comprehensiveness and its content. When it comes to China, ISKP tends to focus on Taliban-Beijing relations and Chinese policy in Xinjiang – sometimes other grievances are fleetingly scattered about but nothing this in-depth. This article traces China’s rise, its growing tensions with the United States, its potential for future conflict with Islamic State forces, and more.
China’s rise and “booming economy has become a global concern for many international players”, says ISKP, adding how “such an economic shift is a real challenge for the US hegemony in the world economy”. The West employed “capitalistic concepts and ruthless usury-based monetary systems … as an effective weapon for meeting their imperialistic ambitions”, allowing these nations to “[rule] the whole world, leaving hardly an inch area upon the surface of the earth untamed.” In the process, ISKP asserts, the West committed mass subjugation of human populations, including “brutality and genocide.”
However, in recent years there has been a marked shift in the global balance of power largely driven by China’s ascent on the world stage. The West’s own “weapon of mass domination … is about to fall into the wrong hands who want to turn the unipolar world into a bipolar one, claiming their own shares in the dirty job of mass domination.” Now, the Chinese “have learned the important lessons from the west regarding their secret formula of colonization.”
ISKP says Beijing is moving quickly to build its political, economic, and military power to counter the West and exert its influence internationally. This push is put forth as evidence of “their future ambition of conquering the world and establishing their own power sphere.” ISKP notes that America’s reach is more global whereas China’s economic influence is more concentrated in its own region and “in its neighboring states.”
Tracing China’s ascent, the author(s) describes how “initially China was nothing more than a cheap labor market” and did not consider their citizens to be anything other than a “cheap international labor force.” But in the post-2000 era, China’s economy found significant upward momentum and significantly boosted defense expenditure, ultimately becoming a top-tier power. The Chinese government continues to exploit their citizens, who are treated as “nothing more than industrial robots” – this exploitative view of people is extended internationally in their external hubs of influence, including in the Muslim world.
Notably, ISKP speaks of the US-led West’s failed policy of engagement with China and its 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO). Said decision-makers believed market liberalization and large inflows of foreign direct investment “would open the door for Western capitalists.” ISKP points out how things went south as “such Western support for Chinese economy ultimately ended up strengthening Chinese neo-socialist government which has been dreaming of cutting the share of western influence on geo-political arena.” The failed engagement policy “turned [China] into a global power”.
In this context, ISKP writes about China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its offers of “lucrative loan schemes for the developing countries”. They mention how “Western think tanks” express concern over debt-trap diplomacy, but, in reality, these worries are solely about China’s rising influence around the world and “the end of western monopoly in those areas.”
ISKP is somewhat bearish on China’s actual ability to impose its imperialist ambitions on any scale comparable to the West’s. They argue that “just like the global military expedition of Tatars ended after confronting the Muslims, the Chinese socialist disbelievers will not face any different fate than that of the brutal Tatars, by the will of Allah.”
ISKP sees an opportunity in the coming chaos and instability that will result from China’s intensifying quest for regional hegemony and great power competition with the United States. “For the Islamic ummah, the ongoing process of shifting this world into a bipolar one obviously opens some doors of enormous opportunities,” they say.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its efforts to “[increase] her grip in the Eastern Europe … will weaken the enemies of Islam significantly.” The friction between the US, Russia, and China will “engage the enemies of Islam into a full-fledged war” (they say “WW3”).
ISKP chides the Chinese, claiming that at the moment they “don’t have the guts to challenge the West by invading Taiwan” which would lead to sanctions on a level similar to what Russia is now facing. In the longer run, however, they could see China “becoming [an] economic giant challenging her Western [rivals]”.
The current macro trajectory of geopolitics and looming world war will bring about “a new wind of change” in the form of “the establishment of the global Khilafah”. As these turbulent trends in international politics unfurl, ISKP claims, the “Islamic State is getting stronger day by day.”
Because of this, ISKP asks “how can the Chinese kuffar expect to achieve total victory over the Muslims?” ISKP warns the “Chinese tyrants” and “red atheists whose hands are soaked with the blood of innocent Uyghur Muslims”. Talking about China’s foreign economic ambitions, they cite what happened to “crusader companies in mineral-rich Mozambique when those companies had to shut down their operations amid fear of the attacks of the mujahidin of the Khilafah”. Beijing could encounter similar hostilities in Islamic State hotspots across Asia and Africa.
Goading Beijing, ISKP asks: “Do the coward Chinese atheists possess guts to counter both the West and the Islamic State simultaneously?” Pursuing this path “will become nothing more than suicidal for them.”
China’s efforts to “tackle the advancement of the Islamic Khilafah” include aspects such as “spending money and remotely setting up four-footed cattle like the Taliban murtaddin for this purpose.”
ISKP concludes with a threat and warning that “it is better for the Chinese infidels to learn lessons from the past and accept the obvious reality – neither they will be successful in their imperialistic ambitions, nor they will be able to protect themselves from the sharp knives of the Khilafah soldiers.” Adding, “by Allah, we have not forgotten the innocent Uyghur Muslims whom you subjected to the steamroller of oppression.”