Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday stressed that the development of religions in China should be independent from foreign influence.
"Active efforts should be made to incorporate religions in the socialist society," said Xi at a high-profile meeting on the united front work.
He promised to fully implement the Party's policy of religious freedom and manage religious affairs in line with the law.
The President called for a balanced attitude towards religions, taking account of the pros and cons.
The country acknowledges the contribution of religious people and will encourage them to continue working for China's economic, social and cultural development as well as unity of ethnic groups and unification of the motherland, he said.