China: A friend of Muslims and Arabs

(Dr Syed Mehboob, Karachi)

Dr Syed Mehboob addressing at Chinese consulate

China believes in peace, trade, investment, power and resource sharing and made friendship on these principles. China is well connected with one hundred and fifty countries and like Silk Road its Built and Road (BIR) is one of the wonders of the world. Muslims are the important and integral part of the world and their 1.75 billion population which is about 21.875 % of the total population.
S.No Country GDP PPP US$ billion GDP Nominal US$ billion Population million Area sq. km
1 Azerbaijan 192.15 77.39 10.35 86,600
2 Jordan 50.02 132.09 11.48 89,495
3 Afghanistan 81.00 20.14 30.46 652,867
4 Albania 55.92 23.02 2.79 29,748
5 UAE 890.17 498.98 9.2 83,600
6 Indonesia 4,398 1,392 277.75 1,904
7 Uzbekistan 311.65 90.39 36.02 448,978
8 Uganda 145.15 52.3 47.73 241,038
9 Iran 1,692 376.49 249.56 881,913
10 Pakistan 1,520 376.49 249.56 881,913
S.No Country GDP PPP US$ billion GDP Nominal US$ billion Population million Area sq km
11 Bahrain 87.5 44.17 1.46 786.5
12 Brunei Darussalam 31.90 74.95 0.46 5,765
13 Bangladesh 1,470 446.35 170.00 148,480
14 Benin Republic 59.24 19.4 13.75 114,754
15 Burkino Faso 62.78 20.78 22.49 274,200
16 Tajikistan 53.68 11.82 9.75 142,326
17 Turkiye 3,613 1,154 85.28 783,562
18 Turkmenistan 126.13 81.82 7.05 491,210
19 Chad 32.37 12.59 18.52 1,284,000
20 Togo 25.10 9.11 8.7 57,000
21 Tunisia 162.09 51.27 11.71 163,610
22 Algeria 628.99 224.11 45.40 2,381,741
23 Djibouti 7.19 3.87 0.97 23,200
24 Saudi Arabia 2,350 1,061 32.175 2,145,000
25 Senegal 78.55 31.14 17.19 196,72
26 Sudan 172.65 25.56 49.19 1,884,068
27 Syria 50.25 11.08 22.93 185,180
28 Surinam 11.43 3.53 0.63 163,821
29 Sierra Leon 17.78 3.52 8.90 71,740
30 Somalia 32.17 11.51 12.69 637,657
31 Iraq 508.97 254.99 43.50 438,317
32 Oman 165.95 110.13 4.52 309,500
33 Gabon 41.92 19.32 2.39 267,368
34 Gambia 7.50 2.38 2.46 11,300
35 Guyana 48.51 16.33 0.79 214,970
36 Guinea Republic 48.75 23.20 13.60 245.85
37 Guinea Bissau 3.8 1.48 2.07 36,125
38 Palestine 36.39 1810 5.48 6,020
39 Comoros 2.44 1.17 0.58 2.235
40 Kyrghestan 338.96 12.75 51.53 580,367
41 Qatar 303.59 221.37 2.79 11,581
42 Kazakhstan 654.05 259.29 20.00 2,724,900
43 Cameroon 133.33 49.26 30.13 475,442
44 Cyte Dlvoire 202.65 79.43 29.34 332,462
S.No Country GDP PPP US$ billion GDP Nominal US$ billion Population million Area sq km
45 Kuwait 248.11 183.57 4.29 17,818
46 Malaysia 1,225 430.89 33.20 330,883
47 Egypt 1,89 398.39 110.0 1,010,408
48 Morocco 385.33 147.34 37.98 446,550
49 Mauritania 33.41 10.35 4.24 1,030,000
50 Mozambique 53.71 21.93 34.17 501,590
51 Niger 42.74 17.07 25.39 1,267,000
52 Nigeria 1,365 390.00 230.84 923,769
53 Yemen 69.96 21.04 34.45 530,000
54 Lebanon 78.23 21.78 5.29 10,452
55 Libya 166.88 40.19 7.25 1,759,541
56 Maldeves 14.74 6.97 0.59 300
57 Mali 61.62 21.30 21.36 1,241,238

China warmly welcomed four Arab foreign ministers and the Indonesian one to the Beijing on Monday 20th November, 2023 and his foreign minister said his country would work with “our brothers and sisters” in the Arab and Islamic world to try to end the war in Ghaza as soon as possible. The ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Indonesia chose to start in Beijing a tour to permanent members of United Nations Security Council, a testament to both China’s growing geopolitical influence and its longstanding support for the Palestinians. Western countries and USA always betrayed Arabs and Muslims and its aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq annoyed 1.75 billion Muslims around the world and further to their support to Isreali atrocities, genocide in Ghaza threw petrol to the fire. China contrary to west has adopted a very balanced policies and kept “ peace and development” on top of its priorities. Western Countries led by United States of America always preferred to stimulate controversy and war and their hands are red with bloods of Vietnamese, Iraqis, Afghanis and Palestinians. There are about 13,000 people had been killed by Israel in Ghaza including 5000 children. Even hospitals, refugees’ camps, schools, residence of civilians were not spared and damaged by bombardment. All efforts to restore peace in Palestine was sabotaged by USA using veto power in favour of Isreal. Millions of people came out on streets in more than 150 countries, more than 1000 resolutions were passed but Isreal due to unjustified, biased support of USA, UK, Germany, France and India refused to restore peace. American influence in Muslim countries is declining and more and more Muslims are turning towards China and Russia.
The ministers from Arab and Muslim countries stressed the need for an immediate stop to “military escalation” in Ghaza and to accelerate political process and dialogue to stop Israeli genocide and try to achieve goal of lasting peace. The ministers hold the Israeli occupation and gross violation of human rights in Palestine accountable for the blatant violations and crimes in the Ghaza Strip and occupied West Bank”. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the foreign diplomats that their decision to start in Beijing shows their high level of trust in China and said, “China is a good friend and brother of Arab and Islamic countries,”. He further said, “We have always firmly safeguarded the legitimate rights and interests of Arab and Islamic countries and have always firmly supported the just cause of Palestinian people.”
The Saudi foreign minister, Prince Faisal Farhan Al Saud, called for an immediate cease-fire and the entry of humanitarian aid and relief to the Ghaza strip. There are still dangerous developments ahead of us and an urgent humanitarian crisis that requires an international mobilization to deal with and counter it” he further said. All urged on the implementation of the resolution adopted by the United nations Security Council. The visit came after Arab and Muslim leaders condemned the brutal aggression against the Palestinians at a joint summit of Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation hosted by Saudi Arabia last week. The Secretary General of the OIC, Hissein Brahim Taha also present on the occasion of FMs trip to China.
The Muslim Ummah and countries are already thankful to China on its successful efforts bringing Saudi Arabi and Iran two most influential Islamic countries closer.
Everybody in the world who believe that peace efforts might be succeeded and bloodshed of innocent people including children, women and elderly people must be stopped. The history will record a very bad name to all those who are criminally silent over genocide and mass killing of children in Ghaza.
Dr Syed Mehboob
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