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China ambassador denies Ramadan fasting ban in Xinjiang

China's ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang on Friday denied news reports that Muslims in China's Xinjiang region have been banned from fasting during the month of Ramadan.

KUALA LUMPUR: China's ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang on Friday denied news reports that Muslims in China's Xinjiang region have been banned from fasting during the month of Ramadan.

"I do not think it is true. Which Chinese media have reported the news? It is not Chinese media, right?" he said to reporters after attending the Corporate Malaysia Roundtable organised by the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute in Kuala Lumpur.

However, he assured that the relevant Chinese ministries would be clearing the air regarding the matter.

Foreign media on Wednesday reported that several government departments in Xinjiang have banned Muslim staff from fasting during Ramadan.

The media posted a so-called directive from the Chinese government departments prohibiting the ruling Communist Party's members, teachers and young people from fasting or participating in the religious activities during Ramadan.

Xinjiang is a mainly Muslim region, home to the Uighur minority. For years China's ruling Communist Party has restricted fasting in the region.

China is in the midst of a security crackdown in Xinjiang following a series of attacks the government blames on extremists.   

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