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China’s Religious Authorities Rebut U.S. Religious Freedom Report

On May 6, 2011, secretary-generals of China’s five state-sanctioned religious groups held a joint meeting to evaluate the annual report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. A written consensus was published on Xinhua on the same day. 

The consensus states, “China is a country ruled by law and its citizens fully enjoy freedom of religious belief. … Religious followers in China have never been suppressed or restricted for conducting normal religious activities.” “The Chinese government has dealt with evil cults and cracked down on ethnic separatist forces according to the law. Such actions are fair, reasonable, lawful, and in accordance of the wishes of the Chinese people as well as our religious community.” “We have been in contact with many members of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Their views in the report are completely different from what they expressed when they were in China. This double-faced practice is puzzling to us. We hope the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom conducts a cool reflection. Always pointing fingers at others and making irresponsible remarks does not meet the true spirit of religion.”

Source: Xinhua, May 6, 2011