Transforming religions into the atheist image of the CCP: Chinese President Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for new measures to strengthen state control over religious affairs in the country, including the “sinization” of faiths, which largely means aligning them with the policies of the ruling Communist Party .
An official white paper released in 2019 indicates that China has around 200 million believers, the majority of whom are Buddhists in Tibet. Others included 20 million Muslims, 38 million Protestant Christians and 6 million Catholic Christians; in addition to 140,000 places of worship.
Xi, 68, called for the “sinicization” of religions, reorienting them to operate under the leadership of the ideologically atheistic Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“There is a need to improve the democratic oversight of religious leaders, promote the rule of law in religious work, and conduct extensive publicity and education on the rule of law,” Xi said at the meeting. ‘a national conference on work related to religion. business held over the weekend here.
The conference, attended by the country’s top leaders, was the first since 2016 and sets the parameters for China’s religious affairs and their regulation over the next few years, experts said.
In his speech, Xi said China will continue to promote the “sinicization of religion,” with an emphasis on strengthening control of online religious affairs, stressing that it is imperative to uphold the principle of the development of religion. religions in the Chinese context, the state agency Xinhua said. the agency reported.
The meeting took place amid widespread accusations of repressive control over Muslims and Christians in China, as well as the country’s growing strict monitoring of religions, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. .