Chinese president Xi Jinping has asked government officials to step up efforts to uphold the principle that Islam in China must be Chinese in orientation and that religions in the country should adapt to the socialist society being pursued by the ruling Communist Party of China.
President Xi visited the Xinjiang region, where the Chinese security forces for the last several years have made efforts to control protests by indigenous Uyghur Muslims over settlements from Han Chinese from outside the province.
During his four-day tour of the region he met with officials and stressed upon fostering a strong sense of community for the Chinese nation, promoting exchanges, interactions and integration among different ethnic groups.
Enhanced efforts should be made to uphold the principle that Islam in China must be Chinese in orientation, and to adapt religions to socialist society, he said.
President Xi has been advocating the “sinicization” of Islam which broadly means bringing it in tune with the policies of the ruling Communist Party.
Stressing the importance of cultural identity, Xi called for educating and guiding people of all ethnic groups to strengthen their identification with the motherland, the Chinese nation, Chinese culture, the Communist Party of China (CPC) and socialism with Chinese characteristics.
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