- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin hopes Sweden will respect the religious beliefs of Muslims and other minority groups.
- He says they oppose discriminatory rhetoric against certain religions and civilizations.
- Large-scale unrest broke out across Sweden, resulting in the vandalism of public facilities and the injury of many people.
On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin hoped that Sweden would sincerely respect the religious beliefs of Muslims and other minority groups, protect their legitimate rights and interests, and carry out its words of respecting and protecting people. freedom of religious belief through actions.
China always opposes extreme behavior like attacking people of different religious beliefs and provoking clashes between civilizations, he said commenting on recent anti-Islam rallies organized by far-right political party Stram Kurs in several places across Sweden and the burning of the Holy Quran. , which sparked an outcry within the Muslim community.
Large-scale unrest broke out in many places across Sweden, resulting in the vandalism of public facilities and the injury of many people.
While noting relevant reports, Wang Wenbin said freedom of speech should not be used as an excuse to incite racial or cultural discrimination or create divisions in society. No civilization is superior to the others. They differ only in their characteristics and geographical distribution.
He said the Chinese side advocates replacing the clash of civilizations with the exchange of civilizations and added, “We oppose discriminatory rhetoric against certain religions and civilizations.”