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Contemporary Issues in State-Religion Relations

André Laliberté

in Chinese Religious Life

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731398.003.0012
Contemporary Issues in State-Religion Relations

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This chapter discusses the evolving approaches adopted by the Chinese Communist Party in its attitude toward different religions, as well as the different policies of other entities with Chinese populations such as Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Singapore. The issues of Chinese Christians, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Falun Gong are analyzed, as well as their geopolitical implications. The comparison between these policies and cases shows that there are many ways in which a Chinese government can assert its authority over religion, beyond the use of repressive power, but also many ways in which Chinese religious believers relate to the state, other than through dissent.

Keywords: China; Taiwan; Hong Kong; Singapore; Communist Party of China; religion; Tibet; Xinjiang; Falun Gong; Christianity

Chapter.  8561 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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