How come ISIS does not attack China or Japan or other Asian countries?

Do they have no hatred for Asian countries?

Is it solely the Western society that they are after? But that wouldn't make sense: they bomb Middle Eastern targets, as well as Eastern European targets, namely, Turkey.


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ISIS operates in a region under direct western (including Russian) influence, where several countries have been bombed and invaded by the USA, UK, France, etc. for years. Also, from a theological and historical perspective, they can argue they are going against Christianity (which has been going against Islam for a thousand years), and conquering Europe is the one of the oldest Muslim dreams there is since the Ottomans were stopped in eastern Europe.

So it's not that they like better the Chinese and Japanese, just that they are lower on their priorities! It should be noted that the Chinese have terrorism problems with its Uyghur (Turkish speaking Muslim population living in the West) as well. Japan would be really impractical to attack as they have practically no Muslims population at all (Western Europe on the other hand is really easy to target as the Muslim population there is huge, and the refugees crisis makes it even easier for ISIS to send its armed soldiers).

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    The conflict of the Uyghur minority with the Chinese central state is totally out of context here.
    – zwiebel
    Mar 28, 2016 at 10:45
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    Sorry but the "Western influence" aspect to this answer doesn't make much sense when so many of the targets of ISIS and affiliated groups are, for example, Shia muslims living in the Middle East, Kurds, Yarzidi, civilians in Mali, Nigeria... "Western influence" particularly in Saudi Arabia was a factor for Al-Qaeda, certainly, but ISIS are quite different. And conflict between China and its Uyghur minority has existed for decades. Mar 28, 2016 at 10:57
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    Not only it is out of context, but it also brings purposely bring confusion between a violently persecuted minourity whose own existance is in serious danger (Uigours) with a crazy group of extremists which puts dangers to other groups' existance (IS)
    – Bregalad
    Mar 28, 2016 at 18:35
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    About Uyghur, it's not entirely off topic as if one day ISIS wants to attack China it will be easy for them with the help of this muslim community. Thus China is more at risk than Japan. Then again, there would have been no Paris nor Brussels attacks if ISIS could not have counted on the support of local extremists there.
    – Shautieh
    Mar 29, 2016 at 16:03
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    @Shautieh if ISIS' primary motivation is fighting Western influence, why do they spend so much time bombing Shia mosques, raiding Yarzidi villages, bombarding Kurdish towns, supporting suicide bombings in Malian marketplaces and Nigerian bus stations...? If they're responding to Western bombing campaigns, why was their latest European target Belgium who have had almost no involvement in any recent military action in the Middle East? You're making the mistake (common, sadly) of talking about ISIS as if they're Al-Qaeda II. They're not. ISIS' primary motivations are territory, & recruitment. Mar 29, 2016 at 16:07

Because China didn't participate in dropping bombs on Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, China don't care about what happens in the middle east, they are busy fighting their own inside terrorism (for them, terrorism is anyone that have thoughts, say things, or their behavior show that they are against the rule of the communist party), so ISIS don't care about China either, they have nothing against China. USA and its allies wanted a war against Islam, they got it, that's why the terrorists bombings happen in countries that supported USA in its war.

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    This post is full of unbacked claims and logical flaws. At the bare minimum, it requires some prooflinks or it should be deleted altogether. Oct 6, 2016 at 0:27
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    Daily reminder that the eastern province of china has monthly terrorist attacks, the atheist communist regime disallows people with beards from using public utilities, forces children to break fasts during ramadan, and bans muslims from participating in government. Oct 6, 2016 at 14:26

To paraphrase part of the question:

Question: Why don't Muslims wage jihad within Japan?

Answer: There are (almost) no Muslims in Japan.

According to http://www.masjid.jp/list.html, there are about 60 small mosques in Japan. This is consistent with estimates of a Muslim population of "a few thousand", many of whom are non-practicing Japanese spouses.

The CIA's World Factbook estimates Japan's population as being about 126 million. (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/ja.html)


Because freedom, Christianity, Jews and Shia are their main enemy.

And they want to bring the caliphate to the whole world, well why Europe and USA target?

Because according to them these countries have given a lot of freedom to their people and interfering as well with the middle eastern concerns.

Well wait for the day when China and Japan will attack ISIS they will revert. Well if you look at Chinese Uyghur Muslims, they are controlled very harshly by Chinese government. So it's a bit challenging to plan some big attacks in China. As there are very little Muslim population in Japan the same goes here too. As far as India is concerned, I can't say none, but a negligible fraction of Muslims support ISIS.

  • Well by these downwotes I understood I am wrong here, but can't I get explanation :)
    – lazarus
    Aug 31, 2016 at 14:01
  • Daily reminder that jews and christians are 'people of the book' and atheists (the communist party offers state enforced atheism and attempts to control and subvert religious life) are considered enemies of monotheism and Islam. Oct 6, 2016 at 14:27
  • I down voted because I do not have reason to believe that they attack people based on freedom-level and you haven't given me any reason to believe that other than "some guy said so". Mar 31, 2017 at 16:40
  • try not to start your post with media cliche:) Jul 9, 2017 at 14:20

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