With nearly 100 million Christians, the Church is the largest social force in China not controlled by the Communist Party. As a result, there are increasing efforts to restrict the way Christians operate. A considerable number of Christians are still imprisoned. Church meetings continue to be disrupted in several provinces. Churches have also been closed and landlords pressured to stop renting to Christians. In 2017 some of China’s underground churches were pushed to join the state-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement, while a new law on religion is being rolled out in 2018.

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China accused of ’emasculating’ Christianity

The Chinese government is attempting to “co-opt and emasculate” Christianity, which many believe has more adherents than the 87-million member Communist party, . “I don’t believe the government will close the Church but I do believe they want to manage it”, one underground pastor said anonymously ahead of a secretive […]

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Religion can help China’s economy, says new report

In a new study Brian J. Grim says that, while China’s economic success may be under threat from a recent rash of government actions to impose its supremacy over culture – in particular, religion – Chinese Christians may be a special source of economic growth. In The Modern Chinese Secret […]

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China’s ‘demolition campaign’ goes on

China is set to continue removing crosses from church rooftops in the eastern province of Zhejiang, despite a bishop’s claim in March that the so-called “demolition campaign” against hundreds of churches had ended. Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu told UCA News the alleged campaign had been stopped after complaints from church […]

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China’s church ‘demolition campaign’ ends

An alleged ‘demolition campaign’ against churches in a province in eastern China has ended, a Chinese bishop has claimed. Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu told UCA News the alleged campaign in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, was stopped after complaints from church leaders across China. More than 400 crosses were removed […]

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China’s oldest priest dies at 105

China’s oldest priest died Jan. 20 at the age of 105. “Father Ye Yaomin withstood persecution and banishment to help build up the Church in China,” UCA News said, adding that his “epic life spanned the fall of emperors, wars and a Communist Party intolerant of his devout faith.” Yaomin of […]

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Pope advised to stay away from China

The former bishop of Hong Kong has said he would advise the Pope against visiting China for fear that a papal trip could end up being manipulated by Beijing. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun was speaking to the catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need about persecution of Christians in China, which he […]

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Children arrested during raid on Chinese church

Children were among 100 Chinese Christians detained after police raided a house church in Guangdong province, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. Members of Mount Olivet church were held in custody for up to 20 hours. Police say they were detained for conducting an “illegal gathering”. The church of 170 parishioners […]

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