On the surface, religious policy in China may appear contradictory. On the one hand, the state is officially atheist. It has mounted a highly publicized campaign to suppress Falun Gong, and maintains restrictions on Islam, Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity that reveal a profound fear of independent religious organisation. On the other, China insists that it respects religious freedom. The Chinese government proudly supports the staging of certain religious festivals, finances reconstruction of...[Show more]
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