Dr Christina Lin, who was recently interviewed by chinaandgreece.com on China and the Islamic State, has published a new report on current challenges for the country as long as the caliphate seeks to encompass its Muslim Xinjiang region. This report was published on the website of Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs.
‘ISIS caliphate meets China’s Silk Road Economic Belt‘ authored by Christina Lin: This report examines the clashing ambitions between ISIS and China. With ISIS’s declaration of a caliphate that encompasses China’s Muslim Xinjiang, Chinese strategists will now consider how ISIS’s Eastward pivot will impact China’s own Westward march to create a Silk Road Economic Belt across Eurasia. While the Western U.S.-led coalition continues to be hamstrung by a lack of ground forces, the coveted “boots on the ground” could eventually come from the East–as China asserts its military power to protect its energy supply and stem ISIS-inspired insurgency in its strategic Xinjiang province.