Top Chinese leader says crackdown on Uighur Muslims must continue

By World Religion News

Wang Yang, the fourth-ranked leader in the People’s Republic of China’s governing communist party leadership, opined that Xinjiang must “perfect” its stability maintenance measures on religious extremism. The provincial government must also crack down on so-called Islamists in a region where Beijing is spearheading a controversy-attracting deradicalization program. Yang said in his statement during his five-day visit to Xinjiang that the situation in the region continues to develop satisfactorily. The top-ranked government functionary visited from March 20 to March 25 and included a tour of Tumxuk and Kashgar in his itinerary. The areas he visited were Uighur dominated regions.