Recently, this writer was in Dubai about to board a Chinese flight to Brisbane via Urumqi, the Xinjiang capital. Surprisingly, permission was refused as my ticket required three-hour’s stopover while the new regulation only allowed two. I purchased a costly emergency ticket to get home. What secrets were being hidden around Urumqi?

China for many years but especially since 2017 has severely punished Muslims for normal Islamic practices such as praying, fasting, growing a beard, wearing hijab, Islamic marriages and funerals, especially in Xinjiang (East Turkestan) that is now an oppressive police state.

Xi Jinping, President of China, is backing harsh policies to de-Islamise Muslims, turning them into parrots praising the Communist Party.

A million Uighur citizens are believed held in newly-opened covert “brainwashing camps.”

Simultaneously, indigenous resources are usurped by the Han-dominated Chinese Government.

Islam allows those whose property is taken improperly to repel with sufficient force to prevent the theft. Hence affected Uighurs have violently clashed with authorities.

The situation has escalated to documented killing, imprisoning, torturing and brainwashing Muslims.

Similar policies are being trialled in Ningxia province while other Muslim regions are ‘in the crosshairs’.

Further, China’s support for Burmese generals probably encouraged the ethnic cleansing of one million Muslim Rohingyas.

These policies are detrimental to China’s reputation and wish to court Muslim nations in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East to support its grand ‘Belt and Road’ economic-political initiative – reflecting the valuable historic Silk Road trade, which depended on Chinese respect for Muslims.

Instead what is documented are arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings; mass detention of Uighur Muslims in harsh re-education camps; ban on education or official speech using native Uighur; imprisoning and killing of Islamic scholars; non-Muslim spies forced living with Muslim families; economic marginalisation policy; all reflecting a draconian Sinification program comparable to the medieval Spanish Inquisition.

Muslims and Muslim governments should prevent expansion of Chinese government influence in Muslim lands through initiatives to be maintained until China changes its policies.

Proposed actions could involve firstly, an OIC (or other Muslim forums) Strategy Convention to discuss and implement necessary measures; secondly, placing handicaps on China companies participating in tenders for infrastructure projects; thirdly, conducting high-level diplomatic measures to show the Chinese government the unacceptable nature of their anti-Muslim policies and close re-education centres; fourthly, demonstrate systematic abuses to the UN Human Rights Council, and finally, start a coordinated “Buy Communist Chinese Last” policy.

Ummah-wide network of China’s own Muslim communities is a valuable resource needed to facilitate successful operation of the Belt and Road initiative.

A fascinating historic example of enlightened Chinese practise was the appointment of Zheng He (Cheng Ho), a Hui Muslim, as Admiral of the Chinese Armada with hundreds of ships and tens of thousands involved in spreading goodwill and respect for the Ming Emperor in expansive trade and diplomatic missions to Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East and East Africa.

Huge junks were loaded with silk and porcelain. Arab and African merchants exchanged spices, ivory, medicines, rare woods, and pearls. Seven times, from 1405 to 1433, the great treasure fleets set off.

Muslims globally should object strongly to China’s inhumane and uncivilised treatment of its indigenous Muslim citizens.

Justified counter-measures are recommended by all freedom loving people against oppression on the globe wherever it may occur.