BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- China opposes any vilification to Islam and called for dialogue and communication between different civilizations and religions, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Saturday.
Hong made the remarks in response to the continuous protests against a U.S. movie deemed insulting Islamic Prophet Mohammed, which resulted in bloodshed in some countries.
China has consistently advocated dialogue and communication between different civilizations and religions in the spirit of mutual respect and treating others as equals, said Hong.
"We are against of any actions to vilify the image of Islam or to hurt the feelings of Muslims," said Hong. "We believe the dignity of a religion should not be vilified or defamed."
"We also hope that relevant countries can protect the life and property of diplomats and diplomatic institutions under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations," he said.