Beijing’s Big Bucks Snuff Out Religious Solidarity

 

In 2018, the United States moved its embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, to Jerusalem. The move sparked protests in countries with a majority of Muslims which drew condemnation at the United Nations, including leading Islamic clerics in Indonesia.

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Responding to criticism by some of the country’s leading Islamic clerics over the issue, Indonesia’s outgoing vice-president Jusuf Kalla said in December his country would not interfere in the internal affairs of another country, echoing ASEAN’s long-standing “non-interference” mantra.

“Quite aside from the BRI, China is the major trading partner for most [Southeast Asian] nations, and Beijing has demonstrated a willingness to use economic coercion on smaller powers,” said Smith, who co-hosts “The Little Red Podcast,” a monthly discussion of Chinese politics and society.

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Source: Beijing’s Big Bucks Snuff Out Religious Solidarity | Union of Catholic Asian News

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