Today China’s capital government of Beijing issued in a White paper its pledge about safeguarding the religious beliefs of its citizens.
The white paper publication issued by state Council Information Office which titles as “China’s Policies and Practices on Protecting Freedom of Religious Belief” stated that,
“China as a country under communist leadership had adapted the polices of religious freedom which are based on national and religious conditions to provide safeguard to its citizens right for religious belief freedom, building active and healthy religious relationships, and also maintaining religious and social harmony among the public and government.”
China is going to uphold the rule that religions in China should be Chinese orientated and that they will provide active guidance to religions which will allow them to adapt themselves with China’s socialist style society as well.
Few of the major religions practiced in China include, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam and Catholicism. There are two million believers of such religions and more than 380,000 clerical personals for these religions.
The publication further stated that, “All the religion believers and non believers are living with respect to each other along with harmony. They are committed to reform and pen up social modernization which will contribute towards China’s dam of national rejuvenation.”
The religious activities of foreigners are protected in accordance to law.
China respects the freedom of religions for foreigners in its territory and is providing protection to their practitioners.
Chine law states that Foreigners can perform their religious activities in mosques, temples, churches or other sites but must do these activities under the line of law.
White paper publication also stated that all sort of religious extremism and terrorist activities are strongly condemned and dealt accordingly to the law. The law also forbade the discriminating behavior based on one’s region, ethnicity and religion.
There are more than 200,000 prominent religious figures of various religions that are serving in Chinese congresses and committees.