New Developments in China’s Policy Toward Christianity

July 11-12, 2016 | UC San Diego

After the plenary session of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party last November, a decision was made to convene a working group to develop a new set of regulations for managing religious activities. The meeting was held in April 2016, and it was attended by several members of the Politburo Standing Committee, with a closing speech given by Xi Jinping. New regulations on religious affairs are forthcoming.

UC San Diego is pleased to host some of the key scholars who offered input at the meeting. In this daylong policy briefing, they will explain the ideas that came out of this meeting and discuss implications for Christian communities in China.  Questions and commentary about the new approaches to Christianity will be offered by several American scholars and representatives of religious organizations engaged in China.

Presentations will center around the following themes:

  • Christian churches and government;
  • Christianity and Chinese cultural traditions;
  • Christianity and the public good; and
  • Chinese Christian churches and global Christianity.

The dialogue is organized by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS); Center on Globalization and Religious Studies, Fudan University; 21st Century China Program, GPS; with co-sponsorship from the Asia Research Center.