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Jakarta Post

Islamic groups ‘independent’ despite US, China overtures

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 20 2019   /  12:14 am
Abdul Mu’ti (Umair Rizaludin)

Abdul Mu’ti (Umair Rizaludin)Indonesia’s two largest Muslim mass organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, have been caught between two superpowers in the matter of alleged human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China, as the United States and China seek allies in the ongoing rivalry between them.A recent Wall Street Journal report alleged that the organizations had been “persuaded” by the Chinese government to remain silent on the issue by sponsoring visits to the Xinjiang region, the location of the controversial Uighur “reeducation” camps.But both NU and Muhammadiyah have strenuously denied the reports, saying that their decision-making remained independent despite being approached by both the US and China on the issue.In October, US Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr. met with leaders from both organizations to encourage them to “speak out agai...