Sunday, October 2, 2016

Exploring China's new frontier ep.2: Muslims observe Ramadan with prayers and fasting

Reporter: Han Bin 丨  10-02-2016

We continue with our special series on Xinjiang. Around one in ten Chinese practice a religion. The principal religions are Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, and Christianity. Islam alone has around 21 million followers in China. And with some 25,000 mosques, Xinjiang is home to the country's largest Muslim population. China says it fully respects the freedom of religious beliefs, and that its commitment "cannot be matched by any other period in China's history."

The government also says it firmly opposes any attempt to politicize religious issues. China refutes reports by some western media that fasting was banned during the holy month of Ramadan. In today's episode, reporter Han Bin documents the last days of Ramadan at one mosque in Bachu County.