China Opposes Islamophobia and Quran Burning Incident in Sweden
BEIJING: Rejecting Islamophobia, China on Tuesday opposed any manifestation of anti-Islam actions.
China Stands for Mutual Respect and Inclusivity
“No one should be allowed to use ‘freedom of speech’ as an excuse to stoke conflict and pit one civilisation against another,” Mao Ning, spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, told reporters in Beijing.
She was responding to a recent Quran-burning incident in Sweden, according to a statement by the Chinese foreign ministry.
The spokeswoman said China consistently advocates for mutual respect, inclusivity, and the exchange of knowledge among civilisations, and “firmly condemns extremist actions that target diverse religious beliefs, and incite clashes between civilisations.”
China’s Commitment to Global Civilisation Initiative
Referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s proposal for Global Civilisation Initiative, Mao said: “China will partner with the international community to champion the Global Civilisation Initiative, fostering dialogue and exchanges between civilisations, and safeguarding the world’s cultural diversity.”
The Quran Burning Incident in Sweden
A 37-year-old man of Iraq origin, Salwan Momika, publicly burned a copy of the Quran in front of Stockholm Mosque in Sweden last Wednesday while under police protection.
This act was deliberately timed to coincide with Eid al-Adha, a significant Islamic religious festival observed by Muslims worldwide.
The incident has sparked widespread condemnation from across the Islamic world, including Turkey, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Senegal, Morocco, and Mauritania.
Call for Collective Measures by Muslim Nations
In a separate incident back in January, a far-right politician also burned a copy of the holy book outside the Turkish Embassy in Sweden.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called for collective measures by Muslim nations to prevent such incidents in the future.