Senior CCP official with Muslims in China

beijing: A senior ruling Communist Party leader has called on China’s more than 25 million Muslims to ‘uphold the banner of patriotism’ and reorient Islam to suit Chinese conditions, amid China’s diplomatic offensive Beijing to counter a damning UN report accusing it of serious human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims.

Senior Chinese leader Wang Yang met with members of the newly elected leadership of the Islamic Association of China on Tuesday, during which he called for the full implementation of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s grassroots policy on social security. religious affairs.

Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, called on the association to uphold the good political leadership, uphold the banner of patriotism and socialism, and further strengthen China’s orientation in the development of Islam in China, and facilitate its adaptation to socialist society, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

He called for efforts to rally Islamic figures and Muslims closely around the Party and government to make China a modern socialist country in all respects and realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.

Wang also urged the association to conduct strict governance of its operation, improve democratic control over its core members, and address pressing issues that matter for the proper development of the religion.

Wang’s meeting with the association comes in the context of the recent report by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights stating that accusations of rights violations against Uyghur Muslims constitute “crimes against humanity” in the unstable province of Xinjiang.

China has denounced the report released by UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on September 1, hours before the end of her term, as a report orchestrated by the United States and the declared “illegal, null and void”.

The report, while not characterizing the alleged violation of the human rights of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang as genocide, as claimed by the United States and Western countries, said the charges could amount to “crimes against humanity,” seriously hampering Beijing’s defense of its crackdown in the resource-rich Xinjiang, home to more than 10 million Uyghur Muslims, who oppose large-scale Han Chinese settlements to dilute their majority status.

The report also calls for an urgent international response to allegations of torture and other rights violations in Beijing’s campaign to eradicate terrorism in Xinjiang.

Beijing defends its crackdown on Xinjiang, saying the move is aimed at containing the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) which is believed to be linked to radical groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

China also advocates the sinicization of Islam, which basically means adapting it to the policies of the CCP.

China has more than 25 million Muslims, mostly Uyghurs – an ethnic group of Turkish origin – and Hui Muslims, who are of Chinese ethnicity.

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