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When will Shia and Sunni Islam focus on atheism in China?

Many articles claim that China brokered a peace agreement between Iran (ie, Shia Islam) and Saudi Arabia (ie, Sunni Islam). The main benefactor should be Yemen by ending the relentless proxy war between Shia and Sunni Islam. How about the (Muslim) Uyghur genocide in China?

Much to my surprise, there is already a Wiki page on anti-China terrorism in Pakistan. “It is the world’s fifth-most populous country, with a population of almost 243 million people, and has the world’s second-largest Muslim population just behind Indonesia” (Wiki). Also see recent attack in CAR.

German statesman and polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) once wrote: “Divide and rule, the politician cries; Unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.” I doubt his statement is valid regarding uniting Shia and Sunni Islam. Anti-China terrorism by Muslims is likely to increase.

I suppose that uniting Shia and Sunni Islam is about Israel and/or geopolitics (ie, USA vs China). On March 15, the Israeli president warned his country for an imminent civil war within Israel (eg, Guardian-2023). The Chinese peace agreement should be able to unite Israel as well.

For decades, the Western world has faced Islamic terrorism. Since late 2018, China is facing anti-China terrorism in Pakistan and now CAR. “The situation of Uyghurs in Xinjiang has increased in importance for Jihadi groups during the Uyghur genocide carried out by the Chinese government” (Wiki).

In my view, Chinese interference in Shia-Sunni relations (a.k.a. Great Schism) can only backfire. At least, Jesus is recognised as an Islamic prophet and messenger (eg, Jesus in Islam). Since several years, China wants to “sinicize religion by demanding loyalty to the officially atheist Communist Party” (AP-2018).

“Xi is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.” This has involved “destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith,” actions taken against “so-called underground or house churches that defy government restrictions.”

Sources: Associated Press-2018 and Wikipedia

The reason is simple: for decades, Christianity in China has been surging and threatens to overtake the Chinese Communist Party (in numbers). Foreign Policy-2021: “The Chinese Communist Party Is Scared of Christianity; Religion remains one of the greatest sources of resistance to authoritarian rule”.

“Division can’t bring peace and security, only assimilation can.”

A quote by Indian neuroscientist Abhijit Naskar from his 2018 book Fabric of Humanity

King in a Catholic Style (1985) by China Crisis
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