Originally posted by @kmax87
Call me whatever, but, Trump against all indicators to the contrary is setting up America to be the capstone of a new world economy, where pragmatism and business interests will lead America to become a mirror image of China, except for a concession on freedom to speak, freedom to bear arms and the freedom to practice religion.
To facilitate this end game ...[text shortened]... and has created an international arena, where all eyes are on his every next move.
"...will lead America to become a mirror image of China...except for... the freedom to practice religion."
I doubt that the Americans ever will be as good as the Chinese in table tennis (joke).
The Chinese traditionally have been less religious than Americans or, putting it another way,
traditional Chinese religion (a fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism) has been
more syncretic and more relaxed than the dominant forms of Christianity in the USA.
In short, the Chinese traditionally don't care as much about religion (except as ritual) as Americans.
"Freedom of religion in China is provided for in the Constitution of the People's Republic of China,
with an important caveat: the government protects what it calls "normal religious activity,"
defined in practice as activities that take place within government-sanctioned religious
organizations and registered places of worship."
"Unregistered religious groups—including house churches, Falun Gong, Tibetan Buddhists,
underground Catholics, and Uyghur Muslims—face varying degrees [of repression]."
One should note that there has been violence between different religious groups in China.
China's government defends its repression of some religious groups as its effort to oppose such violence.
"New Tibetan [Buddhist] -Muslim violence broke out after China engaged in liberalization.
Riots broke out between Muslims and Tibetans over incidents such as bones in soups
and prices of balloons, and Tibetans accused Muslims of being cannibals who cooked
humans in their soup and of contaminating food with urine. Tibetans attacked Muslim
restaurants. Fires set by Tibetans which burned the apartments and shops of Muslims
resulted in Muslim families being killed and wounded in the 2008 mid-March riots ...
The repression of Tibetan separatism by the Chinese government is supported by Hui Muslims."
China's government would assert that violent clashes between Tibetan Buddhists and
Hui Muslims (a minority in Tibet) would become worse if the Chinese authorities did not intervene.
By the way, I was somewhat surprised when a Hong Kong newspaper reported that
a Chinese aircraft carrier prepares special meals for the devout Muslims in its crew.
It's a sign that China has changed since the time of Mao.
To what extent should China allow more religious freedom?