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Senior Chinese leader meets new leaders of Islamic Association of China


10:43, September 17, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor, Jia Qinglin, on Friday met newly elected leaders of the Islamic Association of China (IAC), stressing IAC's role in upholding social stability.

Jia, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, urged IAC to focus on championing ethnic solidarity and social stability.

Jia said, the IAC has been serving as a bridge linking the Party, the government and Chinese Muslims.

Jia also called upon the IAC to safeguard the core interests of China, oppose all kinds of sabotage against the country and its people cloaked by religious purposes, including those initiated by overseas hostile forces.

The IAC should help the Chinese Islamic society and Muslim population develop the local economy and improve their own lives, capitalizing on the central government's favorable policies directed to areas populated by many Muslims, he said.

The 9th National Congress of Chinese Muslims, running from Tuesday through to Thursday, has reelected Chen Guangyuan as the president of the Islamic Association of China (IAC).

The congress also elected a new committee and other leaders for the IAC.

Moreover, the congress adopted an amendment to the IAC charter and the work report of its eighth committee, and voted and determined the IAC's emblem.

China has 20 million Muslims, about half of which are from the Hui ethnic group.


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