When Islamic Fundamentalists become Activists

I’ve never seen the Western Media mention that Xinjiang is in Central Asia when reporting violence in that region of China.

Why are Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan called terrorists and militants, but Islamic fundamentalists in China’s Xingjian province, just across the border from the Afghan war and the fighting in Pakistan, are referred to as activists in the Western media?

The Uighur people are Islamic and native to Xinjiang province in China. They are also culturally tied to Central Asia. Rebiya Kadeer, an “Uighur activist”, lives in exile in Washington D.C.   The walls of her small office are covered with photographs of meetings with former President G.W. Bush and Laura Bush.

I have never seen any mention of the fact that China has a history going back hundreds of years when the Ch’ing Dynasty (the Manchu) put down several rebellions by Islamic Uighur rebels in Xinjiang province. I wonder if Rebiya Kadeer is aware of this history.

In fact, with an estimated 74 billion barrels of oil in Xingjian province (three times the proven reserves in the US), China isn’t going anywhere for some time.

See China’s Oil Hunger Grows


Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning novels My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart. He also Blogs at The Soulful Veteran and Crazy Normal.

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2 Responses to When Islamic Fundamentalists become Activists

  1. lol says:

    She likes to talk about how she and her people don’t have any rights or freedom in china to western media, but she and western media never mention that she have 11 children while Han is force to have one, and the fact that she became a millionaire in China too. That is very funny to me(it’s in her book).

    BTW.. I’ve been reading your blog a lot. Hope you don’t mind that I’m replying to your old posts.

    • Good point. I have written in posts at iLook China of the fact that minority groups in China are allowed to have more than one child. In fact, Shanghai now or soon will have a two-child policy and many rural Han Chinese are allowed to have more than one child. The one-child policy is not as harsh as the traditional Westerm media, evangelical Christians and some politicans in the US make it out to be.

      Thank you for reading my blog and replying to the old posts. There are more than a thousand of them so there’s a lot to read.

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