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"The Chinese Government is considering enacting a law on religion to end years of confusion caused by conflicting administrative orders.... 'Enacting a law on religion is a major task for the government,' said Peng Gaojian, an official with the Legal Affairs Office at the State Council. 'The rule of law is the principle that should guide China's religious policy,' he told a symposium on religon and law organized by the Central Nationalities University [in December]....

"The call to reform China's religious policy has been gathering momentum since the National Work Conference on Religious Affairs at the end of last year. President Jiang Zemin said that religion was likely to outlast the state and the party and urged participants to find ways to 'make socialism and religion adapt to each other.' ...

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