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Religious Laws

Rules on Administration of Religious Activities of Aliens in China

Article 1 These Rules are formulated in accordance with the Provisions on the Administration of Religious Activities of Aliens within the Territory of the People,s Republic of China.

Article 2 Aliens within the territory of the People,s Republic of China are referred to those who are within Chinese territory without Chinese nationalities pursuant to the Nationality Law of the People,s Republic of China, including the long-term resident personnel in China and those staying in China for short-term visits.

Article 3 Religious activities of aliens within Chinese territory are referred to the religious ceremonies that aliens conduct or participate according to their own religious belief customs, the contacts with Chinese religious bodies, sites for religious activities and religious personnel in respect of religion, and other relevant activities.

Article 4 The People,s Republic of China respects the freedom of religious belief of aliens within Chinese territory, and protects and administrates the religious activities of aliens within Chinese territory in accordance with law.

The People,s Republic of China protects friendly contacts and cultural and academic exchanges of aliens within Chinese territory with Chinese religious circles in respect of religion in accordance with law.

Article 5 Aliens may participate in religious activities at Buddhist monasteries, Taoist temples, mosques, churches lawfully registered within Chinese territory according to their own religious beliefs.

Article 6 At the invitation of Chinese religious bodies at or above the level of province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government, aliens visiting China as religious personnel may preach and expound the scripture at lawfully registered sites for religious activities.

At the invitation of Chinese religious bodies at or above the level of province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government, and after the approval by the departments of religious affairs of the people,s governments at or above the provincial level, aliens entering China as other status may preach and expound the scripture at lawfully registered sites for religious activities.

Foreign religious personnel who are invited to preach and expound the scripture at the lawfully registered sites for religious activities shall abide by the administrative rules of these sites and respect the belief customs of the personnel of these sites.

Article 7 The collective religious activities of aliens within Chinese territory shall be conducted at the Buddhist monasteries, Taoist temples, mosques and churches recognized by the departments of religious affairs of the people,s government at or above the county level, or at the temporary sites appointed by the departments of religious affairs of the people,s governments of provinces, autonomous regions or municipalities directly under the Central Government.

Where aliens within Chinese territory collectively conduct religious activities at temporary sites, they will be administrated by the departments of religious affairs of the people,s governments at or above the county level.

Article 8 The friendly contacts and cultural and academic exchanges of aliens with Chinese religious circles shall be conducted via Chinese religious bodies at or above the level of province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government.

Article 9 Foreign religious organizations that have no corresponding legitimate Chinese religious organizations within Chinese territory and their members must get the consent from the departments of religious affairs of the people,s governments at provincial level and the approval from the State Administration of Religious Affairs before conducting contacts in the name of these organizations or as religious personnel with relevant departments of the Chinese Government or Chinese religious circles.

Articles 10 Consented by Chinese religious bodies, aliens within Chinese territory may invite Chinese religious personnel to conduct such religious ceremonies as baptism, wedding, funeral, Taoist or Buddhist rites according to their respective religious customs. Among these ceremonies, the aliens conducting wedding must be the men and women who have already established a marriage relationship in accordance with law.

The Chinese religious personnel are referred to those who have been recognized and recorded by lawfully registered religious bodies.

Article 11 Consented by national religious bodies or relevant religious bodies at the level of province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government, and approved by the departments of religious affairs of the local people,s governments at or above the provincial level, aliens entering Chinese territory may carry religious articles used in religious cultural and academic exchanges in accordance with relevant programs and agreements of religious cultural and academic exchanges.

Where the religious articles conform to the stipulations of the previous paragraph and the relevant provisions of the Chinese customs, they shall be passed by the customs based on the certificates issued by the departments of religious affairs of the people,s governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government or the State Administration for Religious Affairs.

Article 12 The following religious printed matters, religious audio-visual products and other religious articles are prohibited from being brought into Chinese territory:

(1) the articles that exceed rational personal use, and do not belong to the category as stipulated in Article 11;

(2) the contents of these articles are detrimental to Chinese national security and the public interests of Chinese society.

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