Envoy: 21m Chinese Muslims fast in Ramadan
An estimated 21 million Chinese Muslims fast during the holy month of Ramadan and are allowed under the country’s constitution to freely practice other Islamic rituals, according to the Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Li Chengwen told Arab News here recently that these Muslims are from 10 ethnic minorities in the country.
He was speaking to congratulate Muslims here ahead of upcoming Eid Al-Fitr celebrations.
“Freedom of faith is the legitimate right of citizens and explicitly protected by the constitution and other laws in China,” Li said.
He said that he understands the importance of Ramadan for Muslims, who fast to empathize with the plight of the poor, and engage in prayers and charitable acts to increase their spirituality.
Li said China is working with Saudi Arabia and other friendly countries to ensure peace and stability, and the welfare of people in the Middle East. China’s special envoy for the Middle East has visited several countries in the region to seek diplomatic solutions to various crises, he said. Li said China supports the Palestinian people’s cause for an independent state and wants to ensure that there are no further civilian casualties in the current conflict.
“On this great occasion, please accept my sincere greetings and best wishes to the Saudi people and all Muslim friends in Saudi Arabia,” Li said. “We cannot forget the Palestinian people in Gaza and Muslims who are suffering in other parts of the region.”
He said China supports the call of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries for a cease-fire and the provision of humanitarian aid.