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China and India place risky bets on Muslim acquiescence to anti-Muslim policies

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22.01.2020

Last month’s Islamic summit in Malaysia failed to challenge with a bang Saudi influence in the Islamic world and Muslim silence about repression of adherents to the faith in countries like China and India. Yet, it has produced ripples that spotlight the risks and fragility of opportunistic acquiescence.

“Despite failing to achieve its immediate objective, the Kuala Lumpur summit has galvanized a stronger response by the OIC and the Gulf Arab states on issues affecting Muslims in India and, to a lesser extent, China,’ said Hasan-Al-Hasan, a scholar who focuses on Gulf-South Asia relations, referring by its initials to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The Kuala Lumpur summit originated out of frustration with the apathetic reaction that India’s controversial move in August 2019 on Jammu and Kashmir elicited across Muslim-majority countries. @HTAlhasan https://t.co/ZIaCVtmDlU

— AGSIW (@GulfStatesInst) January 20, 2020

The Kuala Lumpur summit originated out of frustration with the apathetic reaction that India’s controversial move in August 2019 on Jammu and Kashmir elicited across Muslim-majority countries. @HTAlhasan https://t.co/ZIaCVtmDlU

— AGSIW (@GulfStatesInst) January 20, 2020

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates successfully pressured Muslim countries like Pakistan and Indonesia to boycott the Kuala Lumpur gathering because it was organized beyond the auspices of the Saudi-dominated, Riyadh-based OIC, the usual organizer of Islamic summits.

The Gulf states also feared that the gathering, called to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Muslim minorities, threatened to embarrass Saudi Arabia, the UAE and others who have endorsed the brutal repression of Turkic Muslims in China’s troubled north-western province of Xinjiang and remained silent about mounting discrimination of the world’s largest Muslim minority in India so as not to jeopardize economic relations.

The Gulf states were also worried that expressions of concern about the plight of Chinese Muslims would spotlight their adoption of aspects of China’s developing Orwellian surveillance state that has been most comprehensive in the crackdown in Xinjiang.

Pakistan was awarded with the OIC criticizing the amended citizenship law and the court decision and agreeing to discuss Kashmir at a meeting in April although it was unclear at what level

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