“Islamic” legislation stirs debate as the PRC engages the Muslim world.
By Matthew S. Erie
THE DIPLOMAT - May 27, 2016
In recent years, China has become increasingly active in Muslim
states. Xi Jinping, the President of the People’s Republic of China
(PRC) and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP or
Party), has embarked on a number of trans-regional economic and security
measures to align China’s interests with those of Muslim-majority
states in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Last year, Xi
pledged $46 billion to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that
will create infrastructural ties between the two countries. The hallmark
of China’s re-engagement with the Muslim world is Xi’s “One Belt, One
Road” initiative, which includes not only CPEC, but also the
China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor.