Hanging between a consciousness of not being able to stand still, while not breaking the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, and the temptation to put all responsibility on the United States and the West.
This seems to be China’s position toward its press on the debate about the ramifications of the so-called Islamic State of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. On the one hand then, China is an economic power that must assert its international role and defend its interests, possibly declining diplomatic action. On the other hand, it complains of double standards on Western newspapers when reporting attacks on Chinese territory.
“Only the Western victims of terrorism deserve compassion, not Chinese civilians who were allotted the same fate. This is a ridiculous and deafened attitude,” wrote the China Daily a few days after the Paris attacks last November, in describing what it considered the prejudices of Ursula Gauthier, correspondent of the French paper Nouvel Observateur, expelled from China for connecting the attacks in Xinjiang, a region inhabited by a Uighur Turkic Muslim population, with Beijing’s discriminatory policy toward them.