WorldViews: China accuses the West of spreading extremism in the Middle East

By Ishaan Tharoor, December 4, 2014

An editorial in the People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's Communist Party, argued that the United States and its allies were fanning the flames of extremism in the Middle East.

The commentary was penned under the pseudonym "Zhong Sheng," or "Voice of China," which the paper often uses when it's articulating the establishment's line on Chinese foreign policy, according to the Reuters news agency. Its contents echoed Beijing's long-standing position on Western interventions in various hot spots and conflicts, which China often deems a violation of states' sovereignty and a challenge to the international order.

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