Xi Says China Will Continue Efforts to Assimilate Muslims in Xinjiang

Xi Says China Will Continue Efforts to Assimilate Muslims in Xinjiang
HONG KONG—Chinese leader Xi Jinping declared success in his approach to governing the region of Xinjiang, signaling no letup in the Communist Party’s forceful campaign to assimilate millions of ethnic Muslims on the country’s northwestern frontier.
“Practice has proven that the party’s strategy for governing Xinjiang in the new era is completely correct,” and it must continue for the long term, Mr. Xi said at a two-day party conference on Xinjiang policy that concluded Saturday, according to a state media report.
Addressing a Beijing gathering of officials from the party leadership, central government and Xinjiang, among others, Mr. Xi also ordered the entire Communist Party to consider it a political mission to implement the Xinjiang strategy, which he said brought the region closer toward long-term peace and stability.
Managing Xinjiang affairs well “is a major task for the entire party and the entire nation,” and one that requires strengthening the party’s “unified leadership” across the country, Mr. Xi said.
These remarks marked Mr. Xi’s most full-throated public endorsement of the high-pressure campaign Beijing has waged to stamp out separatist sentiment in Xinjiang—an effort that has encompassed mass detentions and forced-assimilation of ethnic Muslims over recent years, and stirred international backlash over allegations of widespread human-rights abuses.

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