As soon as China adopted Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, I had quite a few posts on its significance to the outside world equivalent to “China Can Say No”.
Say no to what?
Say no to Western capitalist ideology while advocates Marxism
Say no to Westernization while advocates socialism with Chinese characteristics;
Say no to multiparty democracy while advocates one-party democracy with Chinese characteristics;
Say no to Western values while advocates China’s socialist core values;
Say no to Western human rights while advocates Chinese human rights;
Say no to Western press freedom while advocates China’s censorship and control of media; etc.
In a few years before adoption of Xi Jinping Thought, China had advocated a wholesale rejection of universal values at home and regarded it as merely a weapon used by the West to undermine China’s socialist system. Chinese authorities have told universities and colleges not to advocate such values.
With Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, China declared that it is self-confident in its path, system, theory and culture.
In order to better defend China against the spread of Western human rights, China held the South-South Human Rights Forum in Beijing in December 2017 to advocate its own human rights system that stresses the rights to development, health, nutrition and housing.
The Forum was successful in advocating China’s human rights as it drew 300 participants from over 50 countries and representatives from the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union, the World Bank and the World Health Organization.
However, the conflicts between Chinese and Western human rights did no emerge then.
Now, Reuters says in its report “China tells world to ignore ‘gossip’ about Xinjiang” yesterday that what China has been doing in countering Islamic extremism in its Xinjiang Autonomous Region encounters opposition from Western countries including Canada, France, Germany, and the United States.
Chinese Foreign Minister Want Yi simply told people to ignore such opposition.
Reuters quotes him as saying:
(People) should not listen to gossip or rumor, because the Xinjiang regional government, of course, understands the situation in Xinjiang best, and not some other people or organizations.
The efforts are completely in line with the direction the international community has taken to combat terrorism, and are an important part of the global fight against terrorism.
If we can take care of prevention, then it will be impossible for terrorism to spread and take root.
Ignore Western opposition, that is Wang Yi’s way China Can Say No.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-germany-xinjiang/china-tells-world-to-ignore-gossip-about-xinjiang-idUSKCN1NI0SW
Religious extremism has begun to spread to inland China from its western Xinjiang region, long considered by the government to be at the forefront of its efforts to battle Islamist separatists, the country’s top religious affairs official said.
China says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants in Xinjiang, which borders central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is home to the largely Muslim Uighur minority group.
Hundreds have died there in recent years in violence that Beijing blames on religious extremists, and the government has put in place tight controls on religion in the name of combating radicalism and maintaining stability.
Extremist thought was now infiltrating China’s “inland provincial areas”, Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, told the National Congress of the Chinese Islamic Association, according to an article in the official China Daily newspaper on Monday.
The paper did not give details of the spread or mention specific provinces, but cited Wang as saying China’s official Islamic clergy must be the “front line” in fighting extremism and should work to “convert” those influenced by it.
“We should let Muslims know the boundaries between legal and illegal religious activities, to enable them to say no to illegal activities,” he told the association on Saturday.
Wang also said that China must “appropriately manage the issue of Menhuan Sect Islam”, referring to a Chinese-style Sufism, a mystical form of Islam, according to a statement posted on the State Administration of Religious Affairs website.
China has about 21 million Muslims, only a portion of which are Uighur. Other Muslim groups, such as the Hui, are spread throughout the country, including in the western region of Ningxia and the southwestern province of Yunnan.
President Xi Jinping has urged Chinese Muslims to resist illegal religious “infiltration”.
Attacks tied to such extremism by the government have spread beyond Xinjiang in recent years. A grisly knife attack in Yunnan’s Kunming train station in March 2014 killed more than 30 people.
Rights groups say that unrest in Xinjiang often stems from localized incidents that boil over into physical violence, fueled by ethnic tension and religious and economic repression of Turkic-language speaking Uighurs.
Beijing regularly denies religious discrimination against minorities in Xinjiang or elsewhere. Despite a resurgence of religious faith, officially atheist China restricts believers to a handful of recognised religions overseen by the state.
(Reporting by Christian Shepherd and Michael Martina; Editing by Nick Macfie)
Source: Reuters “Religious extremism is spreading to inland China: official”
Note: This is Reuters report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.