China makes effort to strengthen security ties with the middle east. China and Saudi Arabia’s special forces held first anti-terrorism drills. The two-week training was held in china’s southwest city, Chongqing from October 10. People's Liberation Army Daily said, 25 people from each side participated in the drill. China’s president Xi Jinping had visited Saudi Arabia early this year, promising to expand security cooperation and oppose terrorism. China's western region of Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people has been a point of concern to Chinese officials which is threatened by Afghanistan’s instability spilling into this region. A suicide bomb attack this August on the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital was ordered by Uighur fighters active in Syria was reported by authorities in bordering Kyrgyzstan. Such treats called for china to set up an anti-terrorism alliance with Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, which all border Xinjiang, in August.
Anisha Venkatesh Babu