Published 28 June 2012
This week marks the first time the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference is devoting a congress to China and the Muslim world, focusing on Beijing's influence in Islamic countries. At the same time, Islam within China is flourishing, with official statistics counting more than 20 million Chinese Muslims. But the state continues to maintain close watch over Islamic activities. VOA's Stephanie Ho visited the Ningxia autonomous region of northwest China, home to millions of Muslims of the Hui minority, to find out what life is like for Chinese Muslims.