According to recent research and the evidence provided satellite images, it assumed that China is desperate to remove even the slightest marks of the Islamic religion from its soils. The images that were secured suggested of large scale destruction of several Muslim sites including mosques.
China might have just involved itself in the large scale destruction of the Islamic sites that are located in Xinjiang province on the west of the country. This area in the country has a substantial population of Muslim minorities such as the Uighurs. China also follows very strict and repressive rules and policies when it comes to this area.
According to the images secured it was discovered that about 31 mosques including two significant shrines among the total 91 sites that were identified have suffered severe structural damage between 2016 and 2018. The images indicated that several of the religious sites were seen to be covered with dust and appeared to be destroyed severely.
One of the historic structures was built back in 1200. Additionally, a place where one of the mosques was located near Hotan was an important point of congregation for the local Muslims during any of the Muslim religious holidays.
China claims to follow its campaign of controlling religious extremism but in the context of that, it is appearing to be a cause of destruction for the Muslim minorities. The United States has criticized the move made by China; however, China defended its move saying that this was the only way to counter terrorism and also said that the internment camps were vocational training centres.
Experts, however, believe that the Chinese government is doing so to diminish traces of the identity of Islamic religion in the country.