Saudi Arabia, supposedly the most powerful Muslim country or at least the fountainhead of Islam, has refused to stand with China’s Uyghur Muslims. In a recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said that the issue of Muslims in the Xinjiang province was indeed an internal matter of China.
Salman said further that every country had the right to take measures to strengthen its national security. A British newspaper quoted the Chinese state TV channel to report the statement. The report appears in Pakistani media as well.
Pakistan-based newspaper The News International has reported the Saudi government’s stand on Uyghur Muslims. According to the report, when Salman spoke to the president of China, the prince told Xi that China had every right to act on “terrorism and bigotry” to strengthen its internal security.
A few days ago, there was a multi-million dollar mutual trade agreement between China and Saudi Arabia. During the talks on commerce, Xi told Salman that the two countries should cooperate globally to prevent bigotry and terrorism.
According to an estimate, China has detained about 2 million Uyghur Muslims in special jails aka concentration camps. Muslims in the Xinjiang province of China who are not incarcerated yet are forced to shun all symbols of faith including Muslim names. A Muslim man is prohibited from sporting a typical Muslim beard, let alone beard without moustache as advised in Islam.
A few months ago, China’s Uyghur Muslim leaders had written to the Saudi government, pleading with Prince Salman to help in the fight for their rights. However, now the Saudi government has formally refused to support the minority community of China.
A few days ago, Turkish President Erdogan accused China of massacring Uyghur Muslims. However, after China’s strict stance, Turkey has shut up. Increasing China-Turkey trade is believed to be the reason for Erdogan’s volte-face.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has already said that he has no knowledge of the case of Uyghurs. He had said earlier in December that India’s amended citizenship law was a step towards realising the RSS dream of establishing a “Hindu Rashtra” in India.