This photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows a Uighur man praying at the tomb of Imam Asim in Hotan, in China's western Xinjiang region. PHOTO / BENJAMIN HAAS
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China has lodged a protest with the United States after a U.S. government commission said Chinese violations of religious freedom were "severe" and "systematic," the Foreign Ministry said Monday.China has long said that it guarantees religious freedom. However, critics note that the officially atheist ruling Community Party recognises only a handful of state-approved religions -- Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism and Protestantism -- followers of which must worship under the watch of patriotic religious associations.
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