China wants to bring Muslims in line


China open, do so, as it would hide in the Islamic Region of Xinjiang. At the same time, the estimated 23 million Muslims in China as obedient party to be Chinese.

China will not move away from his own words: “the very successful program of De-radicalisation” in Xinjiang. However, would go through “in the course of time less and less people in the state mechanism for education and training,” said the Governor of the Region, Shorat Zakir, on Sunday in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang. The Reuters news Agency, whose correspondent had previously participated as part of a small foreign press teams on a visit to some of the so-called vocational training centres was reported. According to Western estimates, are interned in these facilities for up to a million Uighurs for re-education.

In the case of the Visit of three such centres of occupants declared to be in the presence of the Chinese companions, that they were there voluntarily, to get rid of extremist ideas. The visits to institutions and discussions were held under constant Surveillance by representatives of the Chinese authorities.

Visit to Xinjiang, but …

“The fact that China sees to the implementation of such a sightseeing tour urged, means that international pressure is having an effect,” says Maya Wang of Human Rights Watch in Hong Kong. Shortly before the event for the press in China had organized a similar trip for diplomats from twelve non-Western countries, including Russia, Indonesia, India, Thailand, and Kazakhstan


Women of the Hui study the Arabic Qur’an

Finally, the Ministry in Beijing had the outside on Monday announced that representatives of the UN and all of the pages to visit in Xinjiang are welcome “on the condition that you comply with the relevant provisions of, not in internal Affairs to interfere, and an objective and neutral setting to true”. The German human rights Commissioner Bärbel Kofler was not able to penetrate recently your desire to have a visit to Xinjiang.

Five-year plan for Islam-politics

While the Chinese leadership tried to signal a willingness to embrace transparency in Xinjiang, and drives you at the same time, the so-called “sinification of Islam” in China. For this objective was created according to the English-language party organ Global Times, a five-year plan, which was discussed at the beginning of January with Islam-representatives from eight provinces and regions, at a working session in Beijing.

Threatened by demolition large mosque in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

A staff member of the United front work Department of the Communist party of China have declared that 2019 would be a decisive year for the implementation of the relevant directives, and that China’s Muslim community, “their political stance, and the leadership of the party to entrust”.

Only a few days before this conference on Islam policy had shown once again the harsher of the Chinese state compared to the “unregulated” Islam: Three “illegal” mosques in the southwestern province of Yunnan were closed in the Wake of police raids. Policemen dragged members of the Muslim, but for centuries, “sinisierten” Chinese-speaking Hui ethnic group with violence from the entrance to one of the affected mosques. According to reports, several applications had been successful over the past ten years for the registration of the mosques in the circle Weishan in the negative.

Against “foreign Arab” influences

The Muslim minority in Yunnan, a province that borders on Laos and Myanmar has so far remained relatively unmolested by the state Repression. In other settlements of the Hui-Chinese areas in Ningxia and Gansu, there was, however, according to the Hong Kong “South China Morning Post” recently, a series of anti-Muslim harassment, including the closure of mosques and Arabic schools.

Mosque in Chinese style in Xian

The US expert on Chinese minority policy, David Stroup, of the University of Oklahoma sees in such measures, as well as in the latest clashes, a clear line of the Chinese policy: This is aimed not only against non-registered religious sites, but also against too “foreign” buildings or components. These are to be banished from the city’s public image, especially mosques, in “Arabic” style. Also, signs in Arabic script are likely to be rare.

Xinjiang model for all the Muslim areas of China?

Historian Haiyun Ma from Frostburg State University in Maryland, also sees the elimination of foreign influence as the main motive behind the five-year plan for the “sinification of Islam.” “Arab influences are seen as a cancer and should be eradicated from the lives of Muslims in China,” said Ma of the DW. “That is to say, cultural Connections Chinese Muslims to Islamic countries will be reduced to a Minimum or completely interrupted. Under the guise of globalization, China is trying to isolate its Muslim population.”

The “Global Times” had reported in November that other regions as Xinjiang would learn with a significant Muslim population from the experience. China expert Stroup considers that it is quite possible that the “Xinjiang model” also in other parts of the country will make in school.