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China Aims to Tighten Grip on Religion as Believers Grow

Despite its tight controls over religion, and ongoing crackdowns in predominantly Muslim Xinjiang and on Christians in the eastern province of Zhejiang, China’s staunchly atheist Communist Party appears to be struggling to find ways to strengthen its grip on religion as the number of believers grows. At a rare, high-level meeting on religion late last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping talked about the “special importance” of religious affairs and how authorities should guide believers to...

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