China drafts stricter rules on citizens', foreigners' religious activity

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Nov 29th, 2020 1:52 pm

Last Updated Nov 30th, 2020 at 6:38 pm

The Chinese Communist Party drafted new rules this week, prohibiting foreigners from discussing religion with Chinese citizens.

China's Ministry of Justice published a list of restrictions on foreigners seeking to spread "religious extremism" or "undermine China's national or ethnic unity" through religion.

Foreigners would be prohibited from the following activities:

  • "interfering with or dominating the affairs of Chinese religious groups."
  • advocating "extremist religious thoughts."
  • using religion to conduct terrorist activities
  • "interfering with the appointment or management of Chinese clergy members."
  • "illegal preaching among Chinese citizens."
  • "converting new believers."
  • "accepting religious donations from Chinese citizens."
  • "carrying out religious education and training."

Foreigners organizing a gathering in a church, mosque, or temple would be required to submit a "written application" to a government-supervised religious organization in the city.


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