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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the China-related Content in US State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom for 2011

2012/08/02

Q: The US State Department released the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom for 2011 which continues to list China as a country for "special concern". How do you comment?

A: The Chinese Government protects the religious freedom of citizens according to law. People of different ethnic groups in China enjoy full religious freedom according to law. The Chinese people are the best qualified to speak about China's religious conditions. We don't need finger-pointing from the US. The US should discard its prejudice, respect facts and view China's religious policies and conditions in an objective and fair manner. It should also stop using religious issues to interfere in China's internal affairs and do not engage in actions that will hurt China-US relations or mutual trust and cooperation.

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