The Chinese authorities urged to adapt religion to socialism
BEIJING, February 12. /Corr. TASS Andrei Kirillov/. Religion in China must be Chinese by nature and strive for the best adaptation in a socialist society.
On this, as reported by the Xinhua news Agency, said on Sunday Vice-Premier of the state Council of the PRC, member of the standing Committee of the political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist party of China (CPC) Wang Yang. He spoke in Beijing before the heads of traditional confessions at the Symposium dedicated to the upcoming holiday of spring — New year of the Chinese calendar.
Wang Yang called on religious leaders to further study the spirit of the XIX Congress of the CPC. Should actively guide religious groups so that they are better adapted to the socialist society, he stressed, while noting the positive role of religions in promoting national unity, religious perfection, and social harmony.
“Should make more efforts in order to better clarify the state policy in religious Affairs and to prepare more professionals in religious circles,” — said Wang Yang.
“To resolve problems in religious Affairs and to overcome the existing difficulties, we need to think and act in line with the rule of law,” said a senior official. “The authorities at all levels should support the religious community and to fully respect and protect their legitimate rights and interests,” he added.
The Symposium was attended by representatives of the Chinese organisations of the Buddhist, Taoist, Islamic, Catholic and Protestant faiths.