New Developments of Church-State Relations in China:
Ideology or Interest?

WEI Dedong
September 2, 2009


Dedong WeiThere are new developments in the church-state relations in China in the new century. In addition to the traditional ideological factor, interest competitions among regions and various government agencies have become an increasingly important factor. These new developments should be examined.

WEI Dedong is Associate Professor at Renmin University of China. His major areas of research interest include the sociology of religion and Buddhist studies. His major publications include “On Religious Market Theory,” and “Ecological Views in Buddhism,” etc.