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China has more than ten religious publications and about 200,000 professional religious personnel -- nearly 9,000 of them are deputies to the people's congresses and members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at various levels.Along with deputies and members from other circles, they participate in discussions of state affairs and enjoy equal democratic rights politically.

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Temples, monasteries and churches which need repair but lack money get assistance from the government.

Since 1980, financial allocations from the central government for the maintenance of temples, monasteries and churches have reached over 140 million yuan.

The state protects normal religious activities and the lawful rights and interests of the religious circles.

The Criminal Law, Civil Law, Electoral Law, Military Service Law and Compulsory Education Law and some other laws make clear and specific provisions protecting religious freedom and equal rights of religious citizens.

The Constitution makes it clear that no one may make use of religion to engage in activities that disrupt public order, impair the health of other citizens or interfere with the state's educational system.

Those who engage in criminal activities under the subterfuge of religion shall be dealt with according to law, whether they are religious people or are many religions in China, such as Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism.Among them Buddhism, Daoism and Islam are more widely accepted.After the "cultural revolution," especially since China initiated the reform and opening to the outside world, the Chinese government has done a great deal of work and made notable achievements in restoring, amplifying and implementing the policy of religious freedom and guaranteeing citizens' rights in this regard.With the support and help of the Chinese government, religious facilities destroyed during the "cultural revolution" have gradually been restored and repaired.There are 47 religious colleges in China, such as the Chinese Institute of Buddhist Studies, the Institute of Islamic Theology, the Jinling Union Theological Seminary of the Chinese Protestant Churches in Nanjing, the Chinese Catholic Seminary and the Chinese Institute of Daoist Studies.Since 1980, more than 2,000 young professional religious personnel have been graduated from religious colleges and more than 100 religious students have been sent to 12 countries and regions of the world for further studies.There are also 164 provincial-level and more than 2,000 county-level religious organizations.All religious organizations and all religious citizens can independently organize religious activities and perform their religious duties under the protection of the Constitution and the law.There are now eight national religious organizations in China.They are: the China Buddhist Association, the China Daoist Association, the China Islamic Association, the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the National Administration Commission of the Chinese Catholic Church, the Chinese Catholic Bishops College, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee of the Protestant Churches of China and the China Christian Council.


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