China’s New Institutional Reform: State Ethnic Affairs Commission Integrated into United Front Work Department
By Ruth Wang, March 22, 2018 15:03 PM
Recently the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee released a plan on deepening reform of Party and state institutions. According to the plan, the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee is in charge of religious affairs and the State Administration for Religious Affairs is integrated into the former. The SARA logo is still hung in the department.
The plan says that the United Front Work Department is responsible for complementing the Party's basic policy and rules on religious work, studying and drafting policy measures on religious work and supervising the implementation, coordinating overall religious work, managing religious administrative affairs in accordance with the law, protecting freedom of religious belief and normal religious activities, as well as cementing and enhancing the patriotic united front within religious circles.
Meanwhile, the duties of the central leading group for the defense and management of cult issues were transferred to the Committee for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee and the Ministry of Public Security.
After the adjustment, the main responsibility of the Committee of Political and Legal Affairs in preventing and handling cult issues is to coordinate and guide related departments in anti-cult work, analyzing and judging relevant circumstances and information and proposing policy recommendations to the Party and coordinating and addressing severe emergencies.
Concerning cult matters, the job of the Ministry of Public Security is to collect cases of religious cults impacting social stability and harming the public order and crack down on crime and other violations committed by cult organizations according to law.
The plan was approved at the third plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee. In March 2018, the Communist Party of China (CPC) unveiled the plan and asked all regions and departments to carry it out.
- Translated by Karen Luo
More from CCD
The Amity Foundation, together with the Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association, launched an aid project for the Yushu snow disaster areas in order to help the herding families pull through.
Strengthened by emergency food, 700 families displaced by violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) are preparing to plant crops and to raise pigs to support themselves.
On January 22, 2019, the Hungarian Embassy in Shanghai hosted a new year concert in Shanghai Moore Memorial Church, according to the WeChat account of "Shanghai Christianity".
A symposium on foreign Christians' worshipping was organized by the Shanghai Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs and the Shanghai China Christian Council (CCC) & Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and held on January 1, 2019.
A miracle occurred after a dangerous gas explosion rocked Russia on Monday.
Learn the contents of the Pope's New Year Address for 2019.
New railway lines will be seen in China this year according to the national railway operators.
Chinese President Xi Jinping sends a US President Donald Trump a special message as part of the 40th anniversary of US-Chinese relations.
The highest court in China will be looking into the intellectual property rights cases raised by the United States.
Chinese gamers will now be able to expect new games to be released in the market soon.