Of­fi­cial urges Xin­jiang to re­ject wrong in­flu­ences

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Xin­jiang Uyghur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion will de­velop bet­ter if it rids it­self of mis­lead­ing his­tor­i­cal, cul­tural, eth­nic and re­li­gious thoughts, China’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­viser said at a sem­i­nar.

Clear­ing out those neg­a­tive thoughts will build the ide­o­log­i­cal and po­lit­i­cal ba­sis for a le­gal and united Xin­jiang, Yu Zheng­sheng, chair­man of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Na­tional Com­mit­tee said at a two-day meet­ing on Xin­jiang, which con­cluded on Wed­nes­day in Bei­jing.

“Over the decade, China has seen great changes in re­li­gions. New con­flicts and prob­lems have be­come in­creas­ingly prom­i­nent. For­eign-in­flu­enced re­li­gious be­liefs have in­ten­si­fied, and re­li­gious extremism is spread­ing in some re­gions. The com­mer­cial­iza­tion of re­li­gions and other prob­lems are get­ting worse,” Wang Zuo’an, di­rec­tor of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Re­li­gious Af­fairs, wrote in the Peo­ple’s Daily on Tues­day.

Their com­ments came af­ter the State Coun­cil re­vised re­li­gious af­fairs reg­u­la­tions in Septem­ber.

The or­di­nance stresses “self­man­age­ment” of re­li­gious groups to avoid be­ing con­trolled by for­eign forces, and stresses that re­li­gious groups can­not spread con­tent harm­ful to na­tional se­cu­rity, en­gage in re­li­gious extremism and eth­nic dis­unity.

Wang said that “the reg­u­la­tion makes re­li­gion a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence by adapt­ing to so­cial­ist doc­trine.”

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