China Tightens Grip on Religion

Cross-China-Aid(World Watch Monitor) The Chinese government has released a set of proposed amendments to its rules regulating religious affairs, as President Xi Jinping attempts to exert even greater control over how religion is practiced.

The new set of amendments, released to the public on 7 Sep. for a one-month consultation period, includes guidelines on religious education, the types of religious organisations that can exist, where they can exist and the activities they can organize.

Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, emphasized the need for provincial officials to have a better overall understanding of religion, so that they are better able to resist “foreign” religions. (The idea of resisting “foreign” religions is generally taken as an attack on Christianity, which is considered a product of the West, promulgated by foreign powers with the intention of destabilizing Chinese “harmony.”)

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