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New Year Nuisance in China: New Regulations to Control Religious Beliefs | world news

NEW DELHI: The openly atheist Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has taken a much more aggressive stance against religious practices in recent years under Xi Jinping’s leadership, including creating new rules limiting foreign influence on religion in China. . Its intention was to forcibly align religions and religious institutions remained aligned with the ideology of the CCP. Xi’s administration is ready to introduce a set of new regulations to control the religious activities of foreign worshipers in China in accordance with Chinese religion or, say, a religion with Chinese characteristics.

The draft regulations on “Provisions on the administration of foreign religious activities in the People’s Republic of China”, published by the Ministry of Justice in mid-November, were open for public comment until December 17 and are expected to become law early this year. The bill includes 40 articles grouped into 5 chapters.

Chapter I (Article 1-5) mainly focuses on the definition of terms such as “foreigners” and “religious activities of foreigners in China”. Article 5 states that “foreigners in the territory carrying out religious activities shall abide by the laws, regulations and rules of China, respect the principles of the independence of Chinese religion, and shall not violate public order and good customs in China”.

The use of the phrase “religious independence from China” in Chapter 1 of the new rules highlights the government’s efforts to rid the country of foreign influences. It is mainly aimed at Christian groups, as Christianity is one of the fastest growing religions and lately foreigners have had some freedom in China to live as Christians. With the implementation of the new regulations, China also aims to anticipate any possible move by the Vatican towards religious freedoms for Christians in China and to fill vacant bishopric seats as well as any possible pressure from the Vatican to have its representation. in Beijing.

Chapter II (Article 6-21) stipulates that foreign worshipers who wish to hold religious activities in China must apply for a permit. It further specifies what documents foreign missionaries must provide, when applying for a permit, namely, describing the main religious texts used, listing all names of participants, visa status and nationalities, giving a detailed program service, etc. foreign missionaries from providing religious education and training, converting new believers or accepting religious donations from Chinese citizens, and any such activity that undermines China’s national unity. Under Article 17, religious activities organized by foreigners in China are limited to the participation of foreign citizens.

The expression “the national unity of China” above all recalls the indisputability of the Xi administration. China has long denied its citizens the right to belief and expression in the name of national unity. To this end, China has adopted a strategy of “sinocizing religion” or promoting a “religion with Chinese characteristics”. Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang have been victimized for years to fulfill Xi Jinping’s desire to control religion. Some recent reports, such as “China: Big Data Program Targets Xinjiang’s Muslims” by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and “Coercive Labor in Xinjiang: Labor Transfer and the Mobilization of Ethnic Minorities to Pick Cotton” by Center for Global Policy, have revealed that the CCP has reached a new low by detaining and enslaving ethnic minorities to force them into the so-called “religion with Chinese characteristics.”

Chapter III (Articles 22-29) specifies that foreign missionaries will be allowed to conduct friendly religious exchanges and must demonstrate that they are “friends of China” in their home country.

The expression “friend of China” is a clear indicator of Tibet. China has been trying to control Tibetan Buddhism since it occupied Tibet in 1950. In 1995, China announced its own Panchen Lama, having removed the real 11th Panchen Lama just two days after his name was announced by the Dalai Lama. The move was intended to use China’s appointed puppet Panchen Lama to legitimize the appointment of their own Dalai Lama. However, China’s appointed Panchen Lama is widely believed to be a fake Panchen Lama. With the new regulations, China would further modify the true doctrine of Buddhism in line with Chinese characteristics, while pressuring Tibetan religious leaders to align themselves.

Chapter IV (Articles 30 to 36) describes the sanctions in case of violation of the stipulated provisions. It stipulates that such offenders will be dealt with by national security organs under the “Counterintelligence Law of the People’s Republic of China”. Provisions punish not only foreigners who break the rules, but also public officials who abuse their powers or engage in misdeeds for personal gain while managing the religious activities of foreigners. This shows the determination of the Chinese administration to ensure unfailing implementation of the new regulations so that religious institutions and leaders embrace state-mandated socialism and the leadership of the Chinese Community Party.

Chapter V (Articles 37 to 40) illustrates additional provisions regarding the responsibilities of religious organizations in provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities under the direct administration of the central government. It states that overseas Chinese living in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, carrying out religious activities on the mainland, should also be treated with reference to these rules.

The new regulations aim to strengthen existing tools for controlling religions, religious institutions and leaders. The first set of such regulations was issued in 1994, followed by revisions in 2000 and 2010. Emphasizing China’s religious independence and national unity, Xi’s administration intends to abandon the CCP’s ideology of free religious beliefs, both legally and bureaucratically.

In China, the CCP has always stood above the nation and its citizens. Now, with the new regulations, China would impose CCP supremacy over religions. The CCP’s current hierarchical system is well established, with Xi Jinping at the core of the party. Now that Almighty God is at the center of every religion, China’s next attempt may be to superimpose Xi Jinping on the God.