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A house church in Shunyi, Beijing. Photo: Huang Jinhui, Wikipedia

The new laws will put the state firmly in charge, giving the Communist Party the ability to hire and fire church leaders and change religious doctrine to make it more Chinese.

That means churchgoers will have to pledge loyalty to the Communist Party first, which Pastor Wang says cannot be done.

China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested.

The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher laws that criminalise Christians if they do not pledge loyalty to the state.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned that all religions now have to become “Chinese” and the new laws will attempt to bring churchgoers and their leaders under party control. READ MORE

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3 Comments

  1. This is like a bad movie starting over again! I was in China from 93-98 as a teacher. It was a relatively peaceful time. There were still the official churches, but with much more freedom of assembly and expression. Students were inquisitive and curious about all things western. US was still an admired nation by them. I could hear home cell groups singing hymns coming from third floor apartments. The Chinese as a whole are some of the most naturally friendly people I have ever known. But not agressively, more like congenial, pleasant and willing to let you do your thing and I’ll do mine. Then when you add in the spiritual component of Christianity, warmer, sweeter and more friendly. But don’t underestimate their lurking fierceness to be unleashed if wronged. So when the govt. pushes them, they push back. Like all dictatorships the govt. cannot appear weak so they use even more power to show who is boss. This is happening even in Hong Kong today where until the late 90s was laissez-faire, hands off from Beijing. But in the last decade it seems more and more the central govt. is returning to the harsh conditions of the 50s-80s. Part of this is related to declining economic growth in real terms which may threaten China’s regional and global dominance ambitions. Should that happen dissent in all of its forms will be crushed. Bad movie!

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