Hassan Yang Faming is the President of the China Islamic Association. This is a government-linked body which liaises with China’s Muslims. A conservative estimate numbers 30 million Muslims from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The Hui are the most populous but the Uyghur have the greatest concentration in the Xinjiang region, where internment camps hold over a million Muslims in a bid to “re-educate” them. The “Sinicisation” of Islam has stepped up in relentless fashion in the last few years.
Source of Influence: Administration of Religious Affairs
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