Xi Speaks about Religions to the 19th CPC National Congress

By Martin Wang , October 25, 2017 08:10 AM

President Xi Jinping, delivered a speech in the 19th CPC National Congress (news.cn)

The seven-day 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was opened at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 18, 2017. 

President Xi Jinping delivered a report at the opening session of the congress. Below is the content related to religions in his report:

"We have actively developed socialist democracy and advanced law-based governance. We have stepped up institution building across the board to make integrated advances in Party leadership, the people running the country, and law-based governance; and we have continuously improved the institutions and mechanisms by which the Party exercises leadership. Steady progress has been made in enhancing socialist democracy; intraparty democracy has been expanded, and socialist consultative democracy is flourishing. The patriotic united front has been consolidated and developed, and new approaches have been adopted for work related to ethnic and religious affairs."

"As well as this, to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, we should, based on new practice, undertake theoretical analysis and produce policy guidance on the economy, political affairs, rule of law, science and technology, culture, education, the wellbeing of our people, ethnic and religious affairs, social development, ecological conservation, national security, defense and the armed forces, the principle of 'one country, two systems' and national reunification, the united front, foreign affairs, and Party building."

"We will fully implement the Party's basic policy on religious affairs, uphold the principle that religions in China must be Chinese in orientation and provide active guidance to religions so that they can adapt themselves to socialist society."

"We must rigorously protect against and take resolute measures to combat all acts of infiltration, subversion, and sabotage, as well as violent and terrorist activities, ethnic separatist activities, and religious extremist activities." 

- Translated by Karen Luo

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