A Chinese choir sings hymns during a Mass at a Catholic church in Beijing. (Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP)
Government interference in religion is growing in China, with authorities suppressing Islam and slamming Christian teachings as a foreign import, a Freedom House report released Feb. 28 said.
Beijing is instead promoting Chinese Buddhism and Taoism as more supportive of traditional notions of loyalty to the state, Radio Free Asia reports it as saying.
Tibetan Buddhism remains suspect and under harsh controls, though, "The Battle for China's Spirit," report says.State-controlled churches are meanwhile failing to meet the growing demand for religion in China, Sarah Cook, Freedom House senior researcher and author of the report, said."The result is an enormous black market, forcing many believers ... to operate outside the law and to view the regime as unreasonable, unjust, or illegitimate," Cook said.