The Chinese Communists like American President Donald Trump’s policies to prevent Islamic extremism from taking further root in America.
They also recognize that promoting a Chinese racial identity is important to keep Eastern civilization from being corrupted by a foreign ideology, the ideology of Islam.
If only the American government and European governments were so wise. White identity is a cause that we must speak of only in whispers lest we be labeled racist hate mongers. China marches to the beat of its own Chinese supremacist drummer.
China’s ruling Communist Party has hardened its rhetoric on Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings about the specter of global religious “extremism” seeping into the country, and the need to protect traditional Chinese identity.
Shaerheti Ahan, a top party official in Xinjiang, on Sunday became the latest official from a predominantly Muslim region to warn political leaders gathered in Beijing that the “international anti-terror situation” is destabilising China.
Officials from Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, which has an ethnic Hui population that is predominantly Muslim, warned similarly this past week about the perils of “Islamic extremism”.
Speaking at a regional meeting open to the media, Ningxia Communist Party secretary Li Jianguo drew comparisons to the policies of US President Donald Trump’s administration to make his point.
“What the Islamic State and extremists push is jihad, terror, violence,” Li said. “This is why we see Trump targeting Muslims in a travel ban.
“It doesn’t matter whether anti-Muslim policy is in the interests of the US or it promotes stability, it’s about preventing religious extremism from seeping into all of American culture.”
Over the past year, President Xi Jinping has directed the party to “Sinicise” the country’s ethnic and religious minorities.
Regional leaders in Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, have also ramped up surveillance measures, police patrols and demonstrations amid fear of violence blamed on Muslim groups.
Although some scholars question whether global armed networks have penetrated China, top Chinese officials are increasingly echoing calls to counter “extremism”.
News of growing anti-Islam sentiment come as the South China Morning Post published a story about the growing popularity of similar anti-Islam expressions online targeting young Chinese Muslims.
Wu Shimin, a former ethnic affairs official from Ningxia, said that ideological work must be strengthened in the region to promote a Chinese identity among its Hui population, the descendants of Muslim traders plying the Silk Road centuries ago.
“The roots of the Hui are in China,” Wu said. “To discuss religious consciousness, we must first discuss Chinese consciousness. To discuss the feelings of minorities, we must first discuss the feelings of the Chinese people.”
The Uighar Muslims of China also look like the Chinese. However, the Chinese government has had to deal with unrest among that group too.