Communist Party of China promises to win ideological struggle for stability in Xinjiang

22.01.2018, Beijing.

The Party Committee of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the North-Western China “aims to win ideological struggle” next year to promote stability in the region, Global Times News Agency reported on January 18.

On Tuesday, January 16, Party officials of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in North-Western China decided to boost their ideological efforts. The Party Committee promised to clear “malignant ideological influence in all areas.”

The Party’s report also focused on the necessity to reveal two-faced people, who only declare their loyalty to socialism, but show actual loyalty and even support to separatism.

A Professor from Beijing Minzu University of China stressed the importance of regulation of media and especially Internet, which he believes to be a hotspot for separatism.

The meeting pointed out that the Internet has to be used as a tool for fostering the proper ideology.

To strengthen ethnic unity, a campaign was carried out in December 2017 when Party officials were hosted by local families of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to be regarded as “relatives”. Over a million state officials took part in the campaign.

On October 18-24, 2017 Beijing hosted the 19th Meeting of the CCP, discussing, among others, the issue of strengthening intraparty management as well as the issue of developing the political order of socialist democracy. The aim of the Party Forum in Xinjiang was to practice the spirit of the 19th Meeting of the CCP.

Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is mostly inhabited by the Uighurs, the majority of whom practice Islam. In addition, separatist moods are strong there because of the historical legacy of the people, who joined China quite recently in the beginning of the 20th century. Xinjiang often experiences ethnic-religious disorders.

A significant part of the Uighur radicals had been trained in Pakistan’s Taliban camps and took part in the Syrian war and other military conflicts afterwards.

Editorial comment

The Chinese government regards the issue of the Xinjiang integration as one of the top issues. That is why a special program was adopted to settle Han people (the main Chinese ethnic group) in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. At present, the number of the Han people is almost equal to the number of the Uighurs living there, which also raises dissatisfaction among locals.

Therefore, the issue the Party officials raised at the meeting of revealing two-faced people loyal to separatism, represents the continuation of China’s policy on Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region’s integration in practice.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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