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Jakarta Post

China’s exploration to fight terrorism

  • Xiao Qian

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 9 2019   /  01:51 am

I have been closely connected with Islam for much of my life. In my hometown Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi province, there is a famous mosque called the Taiyuan Ancient Mosque, which dates back over 1,300 years. It is now a key cultural relic site under state protection. My family lives right next to it. Many of my neighbors, classmates and friends were Muslims. After I joined the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing, I met many Muslim colleagues, one of them is the current Chinese Ambassador to Bahrain Mr. Anwaer, an Uighur Muslim.There are over 20 million Muslim believers, 57,000 clerical personnel and 35,000 mosques across China. As stipulated in the Constitution, all Chinese citizens enjoy the freedom of religious belief. The splendid Islamic civilization is an integral part of the human civilization. Both the Chinese and Islamic civilizations share a time-honored history. Since...