Posted: March 20th, 2017, 12:04pm EDT
Taking extreme measures to fight Islamic influences in Xinjiang province could hurt the One Road, One Belt initiative When the hype surrounding the Trump-Xi summit turns into a Mar-a-Lago fact on the ground next month, both presidents are bound to agree fully on at least one issue: "radical Islamic terror" - as per Trump terminology. Donald Trump has relied on a controversial Muslim "no-ban" ban that - in theory - would restrict the inflow of potential radical Islamists to US territory; his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, meeting Xinjiang lawmakers on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing, has launched a "Great Wall of Iron" to protect China's Far West. The matter primarily concerns the East Turkestan Independence Movement (ETIM), active in Xinjiang, which Cheng Guoping, State Commissioner for counterterrorism and security matters, describes as "the most prominent challenge to China's social stability, economic development and national security." ETIM is an Islamic extremist separatist organization, which according to Cheng is seeking "Xinjiang independence."