The constitution provides for freedom of religion, with certain exceptions, and protection against governmental discrimination based on creed. The government welcomed the planned visit of the Dalai Lama to a conference in August, despite significant pressure from the Chinese government to deny his visa. The Dalai Lama eventually canceled his trip, citing health concerns. The government continued to deny long-term residence permits for missionaries of some religious groups, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), but did permit short-term visits.
There were no reports of significant societal actions affecting religious freedom.
The U.S. embassy engaged with the government at high levels regarding residency permits for missionaries and religious freedom generally. Embassy officials met with Muslim, Buddhist, Mormon, and other religious representatives to discuss religious freedom, interreligious relations, and community engagement. The Ambassador hosted a breakfast discussion with women religious leaders in observance of the UN International Day for Tolerance.