The chinese are too integral to the world's function.
They WILL become more economically, militarily, politically involved in world affairs and, like America in the later half of the 20th century, will become a world leader in ALL facets of world affairs. They WILL have their say.
As usual with catholics, they want blood and suffering. The right needs a new boogeyman and china fits the emotional bill. They want a holy patriotic war. The reich-wing will provide the bombs. You catholics will hype up the gore.
The only thing we can do (should do, must do) is work with them and, together, influence the rest of the world into better conditions.
It is written into the future. The new guys are grown up and are walking the world stage. It is time we embrace the reality and act as the adult in the room, not the king.
The Chinese constitution (1982) grants religious freedom. That means nothing.
What the government practices is religious tolerance, tolerance of those religious groups that do not disrupt, challenge or detract from the absolute control of the society by the party. Regardless of the law the reality is that there is no religious freedom in china. You have no right to religious activity. Religious activity is tolerated at the pleasure of the party.
In the USofA we have declared racial equality officially legally since 1964. As you say, changing people is even harder than changing governments. In reality the USofA does not have racial equality. We got us a long way to go.
Establishing a church in china DOES NOT establish religious freedom in china. Electing a black president in the USofA DOES NOT establish racial equality here.
Sorry, jar, holding to some official legal tenet means nothing while the reality is so starkly opposite.
So, no. There is no freedom of religion in china regardless how many churches may exist. No, there is no racial equality in the USofA regardless of how many blacks we elect.
No, jar. We IS the USofA. The reality of our mark in this world is not the grand platitudes we write into our laws but what we actually do to people.
Yes, it is us, the USofA, that is racist and withholds equality from our citizens. Yeah, we have a lot of good things going for us on the rights and freedom side of reality but race relations is not one of them.