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BEIJING, China — The Islamic State is flush with cash, territorially ambitious and eager for recognition.
But is IS a threat to China?
That’s been a question on foreign policy minds since US National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s trip to Beijing earlier this month.
The trip, billed as preparation for President Obama’s trip to China in November, went off without serious glitches — other than a mildly embarrassing mix-up on state TV with that other Rice (Condoleezza).
But Rice’s visit was overshadowed by the unfolding chaos in Iraq and Syria, brought about by IS.
Would China be willing to lend its support to an international coalition against this growing threat to world security?
The official response from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) was boilerplate: “The Chinese government staunchly fights against any form of terrorism.”
Privately, “They are interested,” argues Chen Dingding, assistant professor of Government and Public Administration at the University of Macau.