The Communist Party for decades attacked the sage as a symbol of feudalism, but now Confucianism has been elevated. Photo: AP

China runs Confucian culture courses for religious leaders in bid to boost control

  • Communist Party says those taking part pledged to ‘cultivate the Chinese cultural character of our nation’s religions’
  • Confucius has been rehabilitated by party in recent years as a means of rallying patriotism and countering foreign influences
Topic |   Religion in China

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The Communist Party for decades attacked the sage as a symbol of feudalism, but now Confucianism has been elevated. Photo: AP
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US ambassador to China Terry Branstad (left) speaks to a monk at Jokhang Temple in Lhasa in the Tibet autonomous region. The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the Embassy said Saturday. (U.S. Mission to China via AP)

Talk to the Dalai Lama, US ambassador urges China on rare trip to Tibet

  • Terry Branstad also raises long-standing concerns about the lack of access to the autonomous region
Topic |   Tibet

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US ambassador to China Terry Branstad (left) speaks to a monk at Jokhang Temple in Lhasa in the Tibet autonomous region. The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the Embassy said Saturday. (U.S. Mission to China via AP)
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