Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng Monday said the rule of law should be upheld in dealing with religious work.
Yu, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, made the remarks at a session on implementing religious decisions and policies.
He stressed the importance of standardizing government management of religious affairs as well as the activities of religious groups with the law.
Yu emphasized the need to curb religious extremism.
“The rule of law should be upheld,” he said. “Conflicts and disputes involving ethnic and religious factors should be dealt with in accordance with the law concerned to safeguard social harmony and stability.”
“[We] must resolutely resist overseas infiltration via religious means and prevent missionary activities in educational institutions,” Yu said.
The top political advisor said patriotic religious figures should be fostered to improve their abilities to inhibit extremist ideology and overseas infiltration.
Yu said the Communist Party of China (CPC) policy of freedom of religious belief and the newly revised regulations on religious affairs should be implemented, and socialist core values should guide and educate religious figures and their followers.
He encouraged religious groups and individuals to contribute to charitable causes, promote traditional Chinese culture and national unity.