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ICC Note:
“According to the report of Xinhua News Agency on Feb. 27, 2012, six agencies of Chinese Communist Party Central Government… promulgated “Opinions on encouraging and regulating the involvement of religious groups in public service and charity activities”, aiming to provide policy guidelines on religious groups’ participation in public service and charity activities,” China Aid reports.
3/5/2012 China (China Aid) – According to the report of Xinhua News Agency on Feb. 27, 2012, six agencies of Chinese Communist Party Central Government, i.e. State Religious Bureau in collaboration with National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Civil Affairs, and State Taxation Administration, promulgated “Opinions on encouraging and regulating the involvement of religious groups in public service and charity activities”, aiming to provide policy guidelines on religious groups’ participation in public service and charity activities.
The “Opinions” clearly indicated that religious groups can undertake three types of charity activities: 1) donate money or items to public service and charity enterprises; 2) start public service and charity initiatives; 3)found public service and charity organizations, which include foundations, welfare agencies and non-profit medical agencies.
Meanwhile, this legally binding document emphasized that religious groups “not preach religious ideas while doing public service and charity work and not receive funds, donations and partnership from overseas appended with political and religious conditions.” This regulation clearly targets on Christianity which in recent years, especially after Wenchuan Earthquake, has been consciously, systematically, and comprehensively getting involved in in-depth social charity work with increasing vigor and proclaiming the gospel in the meantime.

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