A woman offers a prayer in front of a large Buddha statue at Huayan Temple in Chongqing in this file photo. China’s Communist Party has ordered local governments to better regulate the construction of outdoor religious statues amid increasing restrictions on religious expression. Photo: AP

China orders crackdown on large outdoor religious statues to ‘prevent commercialisation’

Directive from the United Front Work Department appears to target mostly followers of Buddhism and Taoism

Topic |   Religion in China

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A woman offers a prayer in front of a large Buddha statue at Huayan Temple in Chongqing in this file photo. China’s Communist Party has ordered local governments to better regulate the construction of outdoor religious statues amid increasing restrictions on religious expression. Photo: AP
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