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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, May 10, 2004

China and Islam in Xinjiang -

Kashgar Xinjiang

"China's policy is to take Islam away from the children and replace it with desire – desire for wealth, desire for love in a "non-traditional" sense, and desire to assimilate into the nation as a whole." ..."desire in Xinjiang is combined with a healthy fear of prison and death at the hands of the PSB."

So says the author of the linked article about the situation of the Uyghur people on China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region particularly as it relates to laws on children and religion.

In a relatively short article the author explores the current situation of the Uygur and Islam in Xinjiang with examples from two Uygur cities Kashgar (Kashi) and Hotan (Khotan). His descriptions are quite valid in most respects but I was at a loss to understand the analogy he attempted to draw between the Uygur and the "Black Panther" group of the United States and ergo China's and America's respective responses to both groups.

He then ends with a paragraph right out of left field and it left me wondering how we got from Hotan to:

America's policy is purely to conquer in the classical sense – to replace Islam with fear and submission. Both nations intend to destroy the religion and plunder the resources – but what China has in its favor is that Xinjiang lies within its borders.

That aside a good little glimpse into life in Xinjiang.

Link Read Rating:

China and Islam in the Northwest Chinese Region - by Sascha Matuszak