Monks participate in dharma debates in the Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, capital city of Tibet autonomous region. [Photo by Palden Nyima/China Daily]
April 25, 2016 -- Religious leaders and scholars in China have voiced support for the government's stance on religions outlined by President Xi Jinping at a top-level conference.
Religious communities were advised to retain their independence and self-management by the president in his speech at the two-day National Work Conference on Religions that ended on Saturday in Beijing.
There are believers from nearly all the world's major religions in China, although nonbelievers comprise the majority of the population. Mu Zhongjian, a professor of religious studies at Renmin University of China, describes China as a "United Nations of all religions".
At the conference, Xi said China is determined to protect its harmonious social relations among believers of various faiths. It also aims to protect believers and nonbelievers from attempted infiltration by external forces and from extremist ideas.