04 April 2004

China begins Dhimmification Project: "Bloomberg
BEIJING - Saudi Arabia obtained China's backing for the Middle Eastern kingdom's effort to join the World Trade Organization, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said.

Saudi Arabian Deputy Trade Minister Fawaz al-Alamy and Chinese Deputy Trade Minister Yi Xiaozhun also agreed on prices for commodities traded between the two nations, the report said, citing the two officials. It didn't give details.

The two sides said the accord would help boost trade between their countries, Xinhua said. In 2003, trade between China and Saudi Arabia totaled $7.34 billion, and China imported 15.2 million tonnes of crude oil from Saudi Arabia, the report said.

Saudi Arabia is planning to invest in China's petrochemical, aluminum and fertilizer industries, the country's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, said in an interview in Vienna last week. (Xinhua 04-04)"

Some recently opined that China would never let "those uppity Muslims" gain ground. (it was in a comment and it was days ago and I'm not going to bother to find it) Guess again.

Of course China already has an Islam problem in Xinjiang