Tuesday, April 14, 2015

China:Buddhist Abbeys in Tibet Must Fly Its Flag; Order Seen as Bid to Stamp Out Separatist Doings

The government in Beijing has ordered all Buddhist monasteries in the defiant Tibet Autonomous Region to fly China's flag, the Ecumenical News website reports today (April 14, 2015).

The order is seen as a bid to stamp out separatist movements in the province.

In an article for the state-run "People's Daily," local communist party boss Chen Quanguo pointed out that temples in the region ought to foster a sense of patriotism and nationalism among people, as the government seeks to build trust among monks and nuns.

Chen announced that in return the government will deliver more social services to "registered" monks and nuns, such as their inclusion in new State pension subsidies, provisions of medical insurance policies, and free health check-ups.

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