Chinese Muslim Vice Premier – Hui Liangyu

Hui Liangyu may not be well known outside of China but he may be one of the most influential Muslims in China. The People’s Republic of China has a number of Vice Premiers. The current Vice Premier for Agriculture is a Muslim who is also a Hui. He was born in 1944 in Yushu in the Jilin Province and has been part of the Communist Party since 1966. He was previously the governor of the Anhui province and currently part of the Central committee of the Communist Party of China.

8 responses to “Chinese Muslim Vice Premier – Hui Liangyu

  1. Salaams Bro,

    Thanks for the info and the interesting website. As I understand it, the CCP requires its members to be atheist. Is he allowed to practice his faith or is he considered “Muslim” simply because of his background as being from the Hui minority? Being a Chinese Muslim living in America myself, I’m interested in how he views his own identity as a Hui attaining a high government position in a predominantly Han and atheist environment.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. ASWRWB,

    I am Mohamed from the USA, I am very excited to know that there is a BIG community of us muslims live in China. That made me want to work and live in China. Please tell me how could I do so.

    Ramadan mubarak to you all.



  3. the mere fact that Hui Liangyu is from the Hui minority does not mean he is a Muslim. In fact he is one of the leading examples of how the PRC government has managed to divorce religion from Hui ethnicity. Like most CCP members, and certainly its top echelons, he is a declared atheist. Surely his background makes him a natural choice for some occasions involving the Chinese policy towards the Muslim world (e.g. he was the government’s envoy at the funeral of Arafat), but by no means does that imply he is a believer. Please remember that Huizu does not equal Muslim in the PRC any more. (in fact some of the leading members of this ethnic group among the CCP membership were among the most fervent proponents of antireligious policies).

  4. wa salam Muslim Sini and welcome to the blog, As with all things Chinese and Muslim, its not black and white. Yes technically one is supposed to be an atheist but it is not hard to find people in the CP which practice Buddhism. The government is much more relaxed on the question of religion as long as you don’|t stand in the way. In this respect things have really improved in the last couple of decades.

    Plus one is likely to find him at all the major Islamic celebrations, mainly as a representative of the government so its a bit compliated in terms of if he is a believer or not.

    WAASWRWB Mohamed, Welcome to the blog

    Frogdeck, Thank you for the explanation brother but as I just mentioned, things are a bit more complicated these days. Instead of just black and white they are grey.

    Pak Karamu, Ameen to your duas

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