China has put 1 million Muslims in concentration camps. MBS had nothing to say
  • Mon, 02/25/2019 - 19:24

By Fred Hiatt
Editorial page editor
February 24 at 6:56 PM

China is a leading oppressor of Muslims, so it should come as no surprise that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia — the kingdom that views itself as defender of the Islamic faith — would visit Beijing to deliver a stern rebuke.

After all, China has penned an estimated 1 million Muslims into concentration camps in western China. It has sent ethnic Han Chinese to live with Muslim families and report on anyone who refuses to eat pork or shave his beard. It is wrenching children from parents to reprogram them away from their faith and culture in mass orphanages.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have had a lot to say when he met Chinese President Xi Jinping late last week.

Wait, what’s that you say? The prince had nothing to say on behalf of China’s Muslims? In fact, he defended what China calls an effort to fight extremism?

Yes, that is in fact what happened. And the reason is simple: In return, China defended Saudi Arabia’s right to orchestrate a murder and get away with it.

Your concentration camps are your internal affair. My conspiracy to commit murder is my internal affair. How nice, we understand each other.