Earth & Conservation

Why Is China Cracking Down On Muslim Culture?

China's state-run media released articles against fasting during Ramadan. Why is the Chinese government discouraging Islamic traditions?

Recently, three Muslim students in Xinjian, China were forced to eat during the holy month of Ramadan, dining with their professor who was there to make sure they didn't starve. Although the Chinese government stresses that it respects Islamic traditions, instances like this suggest otherwise.

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Muslim students at one public college in Xinjian, were warned they might lose their degrees and China's state-run media released articles against fasting. But why? Why is the Chinese government discouraging and in some cases flat out banning Islamic traditions?

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