Source: Global Times | 05-Dec-2021
Original link: https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1240709.shtml
Such policy the only correct way for religions to better develop in this country: expert
Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed upholding the principle of developing religions in the Chinese context and providing active guidance for the adaptation of religions to the socialist society.
Experts hailed that adoption of such policies is the only correct way for religious groups to develop themselves and to better integrate with the Chinese society, especially when the worldwide religious situation is becoming more complex.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while addressing a national conference on work related to religious affairs, held from Friday to Saturday in Beijing.
Xi highlighted fully implementing the CPC's theory on religious affairs in the new era, the basic policy on religious affairs, and the policy on the freedom of religious belief.
He required religious groups to strengthen their self-management and emphasized the need to improve the rule of law in religious affairs governance.
Efforts are needed to better rally and guide religious believers to work together with the general public to develop China into a great modern socialist country in all respects and realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation, Xi noted.
Zhuo Xinping, former director of the Institute of World Religions of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Sunday that stressing the importance of developing religion in the Chinese context is partly because some wrong ideas about China's religious development have emerged as the development of world religion has grown more complicated in recent years.
"Under the current situation, upholding the principle of developing religions in the Chinese context is the only correct way for China's religious development, with regard to the country's situation, history and cultural tradition," said Zhuo, noting that such policies can also improve religious development in China and make religions integrate with Chinese society and culture.
Zhuo further explained that developing religion in the Chinese context can help religion and religious people to play a positive role in building the society.