Authorities in the Chinese capital have ordered restaurants and food stalls to remove “halal food” symbols.
Employees at 11 restaurants and shops in Beijing selling “halal” products said, officials told them to remove images associated with Islam.
The officials told the restaurants and shops to remove images and signs such as the crescent moon and the word “halal” written in Arabic.
A Beijing noodle shop manager said, the officials told them “this is foreign culture and you should use more Chinese culture.”
China, home to 20 million Muslims, officially guarantees freedom of religion.
Beijing has at least 1,000 “halal” shops and restaurants.
According to analysts, the ruling Communist Party is concerned that foreign influences can make religious groups difficult to control.
“Arabic is seen as a foreign language, it is also seen as connected to international forms of piety and religious extremism.”
The government has campaigned to bring the faithful into line with Communist Party ideology.