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Me for the Wall Street Journal: Israel-bashing Muslim governments only too happy to ignore industrial-strength persecution of Muslims in China

March 29, 2019

Muslim worshippers in China's Xinjiang region, June 23, 2017.
Photo: Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Beijing’s transformation of Xinjiang into a large-scale Muslim prison camp is reminiscent—except on a more concentrated scale—of its increasing suppression of Christianity in recent years. Christians have witnessed crosses toppled from churches, arrests of pastors and worshipers, and successful pressure on the Vatican to force Chinese Catholics into a state-supported “official” Catholic Church. Christian groups and governments throughout the world rightly condemn these practices.
Yet leaders of Muslim-majority nations remain mostly silent about the Uighurs’ plight. Governments that quickly criticize Israel over any issue involving Muslim Palestinians have been silent in the face of the industrial-scale oppression of Muslims. Some Islamic countries—such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Bangladesh—have gone so far as to praise Beijing’s supposed antiterrorism measures while claiming ignorance of the situation in Xinjiang….
The explanation for the Islamic world’s attitude lies partly in China’s heightened military presence in parts of the Middle East and surrounding waters. More significant is Beijing’s large-scale investment through its Belt and Road Initiative. Announced by President Xi Jinping in 2013, the program aims to link the Eurasian landmass, the Middle East and North Africa through Chinese-financed public-works projects. China offers unsustainable loans to gain political and economic leverage over its partners…
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Posted by Charlotte Allen
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