(漢化 or中國化). A word used at least since the 17th century to indicate the assimilation of minorities in the Chinese empire into Chinese culture and language, it was adopted by Nationalist China to signify the effort to replace the foreigners who managed business, religions and civil society organizations with Chinese. The CCP, however, gives to the word “sinicization” a different meaning. It is not enough that organizations operating in China, including religions and churches, have Chinese leaders. In order to be accepted as “sinicized,” they should have leaders selected by the CCP and operate within a framework of strategies and objectives indicated by the CCP. In Tibet and Xinjiang, however, the CCP pursues a politics of “sinicization” in the traditional sense of the word, trying to assimilate Uyghurs and Tibetan Buddhists into Chinese culture.
CCP Announces Major Internal Purge: “It Will Be Like Yan’an”
Mass killings perpetrated by Mao between 1942–44 are evoked to tell cadres that the Party will “completely remove the tumor” represented by “weak” officers.
CCP Officials Abusing Tibetans Banned from Entering the US
The US State Department issues visa restrictions, stating Washington remains committed to preservation of autonomy, religious identity, and human rights in Tibet.
Persecution of Rebellious Catholic Churches Intensifies
Pressure on China’s Catholic conscientious objectors to join the Patriotic Church continues, as churches are shut, priests hunted down, congregations intimidated.
New Religious Movements in China: They Were Always There
A new book on the sacred scriptures of “redemptive societies” helps exposing myths and misunderstandings about Chinese religion.