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China to rewrite Bible and Quran to fit 'socialist values'

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves during an inauguration ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the former Portuguese colony's handover to Chinese rule, Macao, Dec. 20, 2019. (AP Photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping waves during an inauguration ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the former Portuguese colony's handover to Chinese rule, Macao, Dec. 20, 2019. (AP Photo)

China plans to rewrite all translated "classic religious books" to reflect the socialist values of the Communist Party of China. The order was given during a meeting in November that was organized by the Committee for Ethnic Affairs, which is responsible for all religious matters of the country.

While not directly referring to the Quran and the Bible, the committee plans a comprehensive review of the religious texts, which allegedly "do not conform to the progress of the times" and need to be fitted to the "era of President Xi Jinping."

The reviewed editions of the text – sutras from Buddhism included – should not be against the principles of the Communist Party and will either be changed or re-translated by state-appointed censors.    MORE

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