'Sinicisation' of Islam 'inevitable', says top Chinese official in Xinjiang

The top Communist Party official in Muslim-dominated Xinjiang province said "Sinicisation of Islam was inevitable". Ma Xingrui's remarks come six months after Xi Jingping asked officials to promote "Sinicisation of Islam" during a visit to Xinjiang.
'Sinicisation' of Islam 'inevitable', says top Chinese official in Xinjiang
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A senior Communist Party official of China's Xinjiang province on Thursday said that "Sinicisation of Islam in the Muslim-dominated province was "inevitable". China has faced massive international criticism over the persecution Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.

"Everyone knows that Islam in Xinjiang needs to be Sinicised, this is an inevitable trend," regional party chief Ma Xingrui told reporters, according to news agency Reuters.

Ma was reading out from a largely scripted briefing on the sidelines of China's annual parliamentary sessions in Beijing, the report said.

In recent years, President Xi Jinping has repeatedly called for the 'Sinicisation' of various religions, including Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity, urging followers to pledge loyalty to the Communist Party.

A UN agency in a 2022 report spoke of "serious human rights violations have been committed" in Xinjiang "in the context of the Government's application of counter-terrorism and counter-'extremism' strategies."

It also highlighted that Xinjiang received 565.7 billion yuan ($78.5 billion) in central government transfers and over 19 billion yuan ($2.6 billion) in fiscal aid from other provinces. According to regional officials, more than 4,390 foreigners visited Xinjiang in 2023, and the region has seen a significant increase in renewable energy capacity, which now stands at 64.4 million kilowatts.

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'Sinicisation' of Islam 'inevitable', says top Chinese official in Xinjiang

A November 2023 report of the Human Rights Watch said that the Chinese government's campaign of mosque closures, previously reported in Xinjiang spread to the Ningxia autonomous region and Gansu province, the home of the Hui Muslims.

Source: India Today

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