onths after allegedly orchestrating the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman can now apparently call himself a true man after visiting the Great Wall and posing alongside Mao’s calligraphy.
The crown prince traveled to the Badaling section of the Great Wall with the Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Thursday during his recent visit to Beijing. Along with sightseeing, Mohammed also made time for meetings with top Chinese officials like Xi Jinping.
There was some speculation that the crown prince might in these meetings bring up the situation in Xinjiang where hundreds of thousands of Uighur Muslims are being held in “re-education camps.” As mentioned in this BBC clip:
Here’s the moment #China’s censors pull the @BBCWorld TV feed this morning as I’m speaking about the visiting crown prince of #SaudiArabia and the possibility of him raising the mass extra-judicial detention camps holding many 100s of thousands of ethnic Uighurs in the west… pic.twitter.com/Yl9Eo13GHL
— Stephen McDonell (@StephenMcDonell) February 22, 2019
However, shockingly enough, trust in MBS lodging human rights protests appears to have been misplaced. According to a report from China’s official Xinhua news agency, the crown prince “firmly supported China’s efforts to safeguard its sovereignty, security, and stability, and opposed external forces interfering in China’s domestic affairs.”