Sinicisation’ of Uighur Muslims must go on: Chinese official

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A Uighur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travel along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China May 23, 2014. The Chinese characters on the banner read, "Willingness to spill blood for the people. Countering terrorism and fighting the enemies is part of the police spirit." REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Delhi: The “sinicisation” of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang must be upheld to promote religious harmony, a senior Chinese official has said. “The infiltration of religious extremism must be guarded against,” You Quan, head of the ruling Communist Party’s United Front Work Department, which oversees ethnic and religious affairs, added. Sinicisation refers to non-Chinese societies being forced to conform to Chinese culture.