Persecuted Church in China Brings Hope Amid Coronavirus Epidemic

Persecuted Church in China Brings Hope Amid Coronavirus Epidemic

  (International Christian Concern) – A new respiratory virus with origins in the Chinese city of Wuhan has now infected 8,200 people across the world and has claimed nearly 200 lives. The outbreak of the coronavirus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, prompted Chinese authorities to quarantine several major cities. The usual lunar new year holidays, which typically last […]

China to Roll Out New Religious Regulations

China to Roll Out New Religious Regulations

BEIJING (ChinaAid) — The Chinese government will roll out new regulations on religion Saturday. These regulations, consisting of six chapters and 41 articles, will require religious leaders and organizations to display complete devotion to the Chinese Communist Party. Article 5 reads, “Religious organizations must spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party, as well […]

Chinese Christians Facing ‘Unprecedented Levels of Persecution,’ Says New World Watch Report

Chinese Christians Facing ‘Unprecedented Levels of Persecution,’ Says New World Watch Report

A watchdog organization that releases a report each year on the global persecution of Christians highlighted the “dramatic increase of persecution against Christians” in China in analyzing its new World Watch List, and lamented that if the Chinese government continues to escalate its mistreatment of Christians, it may become the “single largest violator of human […]

Chinese Police Hunt for and Persecute Buyers of Religious Books

Chinese Police Hunt for and Persecute Buyers of Religious Books

(Bitter Winter) — As reported by ChinaAid, on September 1, 2019, the owner of Wheat Bookstore, an online Christian bookseller, was taken into custody for selling religious publications from Taiwan, the United States, and other countries that were not approved by the state. Following the arrest, a nationwide investigation was launched to track down the people […]

In China, Only Government-Supervised Worship Is Allowed

In China, Only Government-Supervised Worship Is Allowed

(Bitter Winter) — From September to Dec. 1 last year, at least 15 charismatic house church venues in Zaozhuang, a prefecture-level city in the eastern province of Shandong, were subjected to crackdowns, resulting in congregations being dispersed. A meeting venue in the city’s Taierzhuang district was cleared out in early November. According to a congregation […]

US Department of State Condemns Conviction, Sentencing of Chinese Pastor Wang Yi, Calls for ‘Immediate, Unconditional Release’

US Department of State Condemns Conviction, Sentencing of Chinese Pastor Wang Yi, Calls for ‘Immediate, Unconditional Release’

 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of State has issued a statement condemning the conviction and sentencing of Early Rain Covenant Church pastor Wang Yi, who was tried in secret in China on Dec. 26 and sentenced to nine years in prison days later for “inciting subversion of state power” and so-called “illegal business activities.” […]

China Announces New Measures to Govern Religious Groups

China Announces New Measures to Govern Religious Groups

(International Christian Concern) – On Dec. 30, China’s state-run media Xinhua reports that as of February 1, 2020, new administrative measures will come into force for any religious groups operating in China. Two years after the 2018 revised Regulations on Religious Affairs have been put in place, the new “Administrative Measures for Religious Groups,” which […]

China’s Gene-Editing Scientist Jailed for Three Years in Modified Baby Case

China’s Gene-Editing Scientist Jailed for Three Years in Modified Baby Case

 (South China Morning Post) — Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who created the world’s first “gene-edited” babies, has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3 million yuan (US$430,000). He, along with two others named Zhang Renli and Qin Jinzhou, was convicted by a Shenzhen court on Monday on charges related to the […]

Chinese Court Sentences Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi to 9 Years in Prison

Chinese Court Sentences Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi to 9 Years in Prison

 (Church in Chains) — Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, has been sentenced to nine years in prison following a secret trial on Dec. 26. The People’s Intermediate Court in Chengdu found the pastor guilty of “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business operations.” […]