|Reception of the Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon|
Fadlullah: China is closer to us and to our issues than America and Europe
His Eminence, the Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, confirmed that China is closer to us and to our issues than the United States of America and many European countries, because of the former's rational political approach to the issues in the region.
He emphasized that many western political circles are not concerned with the Muslims' reality whether in Palestine or elsewhere, and do not take into consideration the human rights of the downtrodden or the Muslims. And since these circles try to blackmail China in many issues, His Eminence emphasized his rejection to the act of using the Muslim minorities as a blackmailing card in the international relations and called on China to open up to its Muslim citizens and respect their rights, their message, as well as their rituals.
His Eminence, the Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, received the Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon, Liu Zhiming, who congratulated the Sayyed on Eid Al-Fitr, and they discussed the Chinese relations with the Muslim and Arab countries.
The Chinese Ambassador briefed the Sayyed on what took place in Songjiang District on the fifth of last July and he explained his country's point of view regarding these events. He also confirmed that China holds all the respect for Islam and the Muslims.
His Eminence confirmed that the Muslim world is not complicated from China, but rather it is seeking to open up to this nation that followed the line of opening up on both the political and economic levels, which enabled it to reach top positions internationally. He also called on the Chinese authorities to further open up to its Muslim citizens, and to consecrate this relation and enhance it with the rest of the Arab and Muslim countries.
His Eminence said: we have once said that the countries of the European Union are closer to us than the United States of America that always insists on seeing the region with an Israeli eye and relating everything to Israel's security and what serves its interests. However, we believe that China, by its political approaches that are rational and open on man's issues in the world, is closer to us and to our issues than America and many countries of the European Union that refused to step out of the circle of the American pressure. He also confirmed the necessity of considering the issues of the region independently and objectively.
His Eminence noted that many western political circles are not concerned with the Muslims' reality whether in Palestine or elsewhere, and do not take into consideration the human rights of the downtrodden or the Muslims, but rather they try to make use of the issue in the political bargains and as a blackmailing card at the international level to achieve their own goals. Moreover, His Eminence emphasized his rejection to the act of using the Muslim minorities as a blackmailing card in the international relations and called on china to respect the rights of the Muslim minority and not to offend their message, their rights, as well as their rituals.
His Eminence confirmed that we are seeking to develop the Chinese- Muslim relations because this is a necessary step to surpass the political and economic titles and reach the human and spiritual ones, pointing out that the teachings of Islam urge Muslims to open up to the other regardless of the cultural, intellectual, and national differences. He called for developing and enhancing the Lebanese - Chinese relations, especially vis-à-vis the increasing American hegemony on Lebanon whose aim is to further overload it [Lebanon] with economic and political problems and complications.