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The bullies of Urumqi

The extraordinary ways in which China humiliates Muslims

Bans on “abnormal” beards and even the name “Muhammad”

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Americans have trouble understanding the situation since we have no parallel. The Uighers are White Indo-Europeans, accepted as Turks and given asylum by Turkey. They are the descendants of the great Muslim armies that conquered Persia, Turkey and India, but stalled in Xinjiang while invading China. Nobody disputes that they are the descendants of White colonialists who invaded an Asian civilization that had already been in existence for some 1800 years.  The closest analogy to the Uigher situation, then, would be if White British colonialists continued to occupy Hong Kong, claiming that the Chinese who want it back are stealing it from them, instead of vice versa. When China took Hong Kong back it didn't kick out the British who were living there. When China regained control of Xinjiang, the Uighers also remained. They are not Chinese who have converted to Islam, as Western reporters seem to think. (Chinese who converted to Islam are called the Hui.  They're not white, and they're normal patriotic Chinese.)  The Uighers are a unique case, still defiantly a White Western race and culture, descended from the Turkic invaders, still hostile to the Chinese they invaded, still trying to capture that land for Islam. If there were still White British in Hong Kong claiming it for England, that would be the parallel. The Uighers aren't fools. They have learned to call themselves a "minority" when speaking to the Western press, which instantly makes Westerners think of oppressed minorities, like African Americans.  But Uighers are the descendants of an invading White colonial army, not the descendants of slaves. They're not fighting for civil rights, like African Americans, but, as they themselves clearly state, to revive and complete the Turkish Moslem imperial conquest, and turn the province of Xinjiang into an independent White Muslim state, which they call East Turkestan. That's White imperialism of an Asian race, and colonialism. If you don't think the British colonialists deserved to keep Hong Kong, you can't agree with the Uigher colonialist claims. What's more, every time China has been invaded by foreigners the Uighers living in China have sided with the invaders and tried to renew their old conquest, asking the invaders to turn Xinjiang into East Turkestan. During the brutal Japanese invasion which killed tens of millions of Chinese, they rose up and collaborated with the Japanese, asking for their Moslem colony in return for turning traitor. The grateful Japanese set up a little puppet state for the Uighers, as they did in Manchuria, in return for their collaboration. (Why the "Mother" of the Uighers kissed the ground at Yasukuni.) When Japan was defeated, the Uighers lost their Japanese allies, and China got Xinjiang back. China kicking out the Japanese is what the Uighers dare to call the conquest of their independent country by China. They count on Western ignorance of this very strange situation, the descendants of a White imperialist army marooned inside China, declaring that the land they once colonized, which had been part of China for 1800 years when they arrived, is theirs by right. There is no moral argument that can be made for White colonialism in China, whether it comes from the White Christian British or from these White Moslem Turks.  


I missed the article from TE with an equally inflammatory title of "The extraordinary ways in which France humiliates Muslims" when burqa was banned.

Ruth S.

I'm not a nationalist, not one of the right-wing and has long been a fan of TE. But this time TE should have done better homework on Muslim issues. Nowadays it's the Han people (majority ethnic) that are being bullied by the Muslims, even in provinces other than Xinjiang. Why France bans Burqa? I guess they have a similar reason.
Be left but not too far-left. Or we might not survive to speak for ourselves.

Norman Canteloupe

Parents in many western countries are no allowed to name their children Adolph Hitler. And the wearing of swastikas is banned in some European countries. That seems very unfair on all the moderate Nazis.


I lived one year in Xinjiang. My Uyghur is very bad, I don't pretend I speak it, but at least I learned a few words like hello, thanks, and the numbers. The Uyghur always appreciated when I made an effort to speak it. I must say that the vast majority of the Chinese (or Han) that I met in Xinjiang did not know a single word in Uyghur or maybe they pretended that they knew nothing.
I think that if only the Chinese started to make some little efforts like saying hello in Uyghur to their neighbours that would be a better benefits than any anti-terrorist policies that the government can make. (In others words, they need more building bridges between the communities than anti-terrorists measures.)


China is merely trying to protect its citizenry from religious extremists, something the PC (politically correct) Western World never did. Not even after 9/11 (New York), 7/7 (London), 1/7 (Paris), etc. and etc. and etc.
Claiming that "China humiliates Muslims" is an exaggeration: nothing can humiliate a 'believer' that wants to impose his religious views on an entire nation.

east wind

The War for the Hearts n Minds === It's SUFI VS SALAFI in Xinjiang

China is lucky that the Uighers are Sufi Muslims n NOT Salafi Islam

The Sufism Islam is the most moderate form of Islam == It is the most similar to Christianity among all Muslim sects

SUFISM ISLAM communicate with their God thru dance, music, literature n the Arts

SALAFISM ISLAM is the type that ISIS n terrorist jihadists practise

NOW....IN Xinjiang the battle between Sufism n Salafism begins as the Salafis tries to convert the Sufis over

China takes neccessary measures to prevent the radicalization of Sufism by the Salafi Fotces

In 1970, Saudi Arabia Salafism had vowed that it will exterminate n wioe out SUfism from the face of the world

The truth is that SUFISM ISLAM religious leaders in Xinjiang are advising the Chinese Govt on how to block the ISIS fanatism Islam from penetrating Xinjiang


The West should wake up and learn from China's practices to protect its citizens from the violent, brainwashed members of the cult of Islam. The sooner the better.

Norman Canteloupe

Haven't the Chinese heard that Islam is a religion of peace? Honestly, what does anyone have to fear from a religion that has established such an inarguable track record of spreading love and understanding to the world?


Noteworthy that The Economist never has any news headline that says "The extraordinary ways in which Islam/Muslims humiliates Atheists/Buddhists/Christians/Hindus/Jews".
I guess The Religion of Peace and Tolerance never does any such thing -- as far as the western elites are concerned.


Now knowing how the U.S. and KSA are sponsoring religious fervor as a way to create political opposition to regimes it wants to overthrow (Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Lybia, etc...), one cannot condemn the Chinese for fighting fire by removing the Oxygen...


Of course, a LA LA land for everyone sounds desirable.

Condemning is always easy than making meaningful suggestion.

Eurostan is certainly not an option to Chinese. It's interesting to see the such articles while the British people voted to Brexit to escape from that perspective. Yea, Europe has once wholly embraced Catholics in old times, then no big trouble to another religion now, right? No offence.

east wind in reply to guest-nawmoln

The syrian Govt reported that there are 5000 Uighers fighting for ISIS

HELLOOOOOOO,,,..... only 5000 Uighers out of 8,000,000 Uighers in Xinjiang are joining ISIS

And 8,000,000 Uighers will not dream of going against 1,340,000,000 Han Chinese

Uighers are NOT suicidal as yet

China can very easily send in 20,000,000 Peoples Militia Army to crush any traitors in Xinjiang who commit TREASON

RJ Hanley in reply to guest-isoimww

In my couple of weeks in Xinjiang last year I only got up to 3 or so local words, and probably only about 10 Mandarin for the other couple of months in the rest of the country. I fear it's beyond me to learn much more without immersion, unfortunately. Oh, to be 4 or 5 years old and have the opportunity to learn a few languages! Thanks be for translation apps, mime and people's patience and kindness.

Re the 'outsiders' not learning the local language: many of us are guilty of it, I suspect. How many in Britain, other than the Welsh, speak any Welsh? Or Gaelic, or Cornish? Bugger all, of course, and I doubt that more than a tiny few have any interest in learning them. In my country, how many other than the Pitjantjatjara, Wiradjuri, Gurindji, Ngaanyatjarra, or any others of the speakers of the many indigenous languages that still survive, know a single word? Probably only the ones I know are place names, sadly.

It's the same story in any number of other places, like Canada, the US, Brazil, Peru, etc etc. Perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to judge the Chinese or Han. There's plenty of cultural ignorance and laziness to go round.


"intrusive surveillance and curbs on cultural expression have fuelled people’s desperation."
That demographic group is desperate worldwide, with or without "intrusive surveillance and curbs on cultural expression".


Did ISIS provide this to TE? Does the author need to cite a source? I was reading the article thinking wow this is really comprehensive CIA (or better!) quality information--but how much is true? It certainly rings true as all good propaganda does.
The only way anyone could have gotten this detailed a story is from some local sources connected with intelligence. I thought of the two gentlemen cited: " reckon James Leibold of La Trobe University and Adrian Zenz of the European School of Culture and Theology at Korntal, Germany."
The reason I wonder on its veracity is a recent book I read by Paul Theroux describing life in Ürümqi it doesn't exactly jive with this article's type scenario... e.g. hotels full of hookers and gay bars crowds. So I guess being moslem is the mistake people make. Maybe? No place I want to go visit any time soon.