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The State Administration for Religious Affairs (Simplified Chinese: 国家宗教事务局; Traditional Chinese: 國家宗教事務局; Pinyin: Guójiā Zōngjiào Shìwùjú), abbreviated SARA (Chinese: 宗教局; Pinyin: Zōngjiàojú), is a functioning department under the State Council which oversees religious affairs and issues for the People's Republic of China.

Under the leadership of Ye Xiaowen (Chinese: 叶小文; Pinyin: Yè Xiǎowén), SARA took a hard line against underground Christian communities, Tibetans, and Falun Gong.[1] After Ye was promoted to the Secretary of the CPC Committee at the Central Institute of Socialism, Former Deputy Director Wang Zuoan was promoted to Director; SARA's policies not expected to change under Wang.[2]





  1. ^ Ye Xiaowen, party hound on Vatican and religions, is promoted
  2. ^ a b 宗教局長換人 專家指政策不變 (New Chairman for SARA, Experts Says Policy Has Not Changed), Ming Pao, 18 September 2009.


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