Chinese officials at all levels have been urged by
President Jiang Zemin to effectively implement the policy of
“freedom for religious belief” and conduct
religious work according to laws.
work enjoys an important status in the country’s
affairs, said Jiang at a three-day national work conference
on the subject, which ended on December 12 in Beijing.
Under the new situation, the Party’s leadership
over religious affairs should be strengthened, said Jiang.
The work on religion is closely linked with the comity
between different ethnic groups, social stability, national
security and reunification, as well as China’s
relations with foreign countries.
He said the
influence of religion on political and social lives in
today’s world should never be underestimated.
Jiang said Communist Party members do not believe in
any religion but treat religion with a scientific point of
Freedom for religious belief is a basic right
enjoyed by all citizens according to the Constitution, said
Jiang, adding that to respect and protect such a right
embodies the Party’s commitment to protect human
On the one hand, each person enjoys the
freedom of believing or not believing in religion. While on
the other hand, religious work should be conducted within
the scope of Constitution and laws, said Jiang.
religion is allowed to interfere in the country’s
administrative, judicial and educational works, said Jiang.
Religions should never be allowed to be used for
opposing the Government, destroying national reunification
and ethnic unity, as well as harming national interests,
according to Jiang.
He said religious people should
love their country, support the Government, and obey the
country’s laws. China adopts the principle of
separating politics from religion, Jiang said, stressing no
religion has the right to override the Constitution and
Jiang pointed out that the principle of
independence must be followed and foreign interference in
China’s religious work should be absolutely prohibited.