Daesh and China are clearly not on very good terms, given the execution of a Chinese hostage last month, not to mention their recent recognition of Taiwan. However this hasn’t stopped them from apparently trying to recruit Chinese fighters by releasing a nasheed—a style of mainly vocal music popular in the Islamic world—in Mandarin.
The propaganda song, which is roughly four minutes long, is reportedly sung in near-perfect Mandarin. It calls for Muslims to awaken and fight in order to “fulfil the lost doctrine."
China’s role in the fight against Daesh has been the topic of intense speculation, with US presidential candidate Ben Carson asserting that the Communist nation was playing an active part in tackling the extremist group.
A Chinese hostage was executed by Daesh last month, news which raised more questions about if and how China would join the fight against those responsible.
Daesh also appeared to recognize Taiwan as a state after a propaganda video showed the Taiwanese flag alongside other nations’ flags. Many social media users jokingly speculated that this would also enrage China, given the tension between the Chinese government and the island sovereign state.
Some have speculated that tough censorship in China will prevent anyone in the country from hearing the nasheed.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reportedly told a news briefing on Tuesday that "in the face of terrorism, no country can stand on its own, and the international community should stand closer together and cooperate to jointly strike against all forms of terrorism."
The ministry also said that the release of the song "shows the need for closer global cooperation against terrorism."
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