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Religious Papers-79
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.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.

In short, none of them were arrested only because of their religious beliefs.

Guided by the principles of independence, self-rule and self-management, Chinese religions oppose any outside control or interference in their internal affairs so as to safeguard Chinese citizens' real enjoyment of freedom of religious belief.

Chinese Catholic and Protestant circles resented this state of affairs and, as early as in the 1920s, some insightful people proposed that the Chinese church do its own missionary work, support itself and manage its own affairs.

But these proposals were not realized in old China.

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.

By the end of 1989, more than 40,000 monasteries, temples and churches had been restored and opened to the public upon approval of the governments at various levels.

Houses and land used for religious purposes are exempted from taxes.

The maintenance of the Potala Palace in Tibet received 35 million yuan from the government.

Local governments also allocated funds for the maintenance of temples, monasteries and churches.

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