China: Dozens of Christian missionaries deported as anti-Christians crackdown surges

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China’s communist government during its anti-Christians drive has deported dozens of Christian missionaries from China. The deportees are South Korean missionaries who had been hooked during a series of raids on churches.

Christian persecution in China

In recent days, Chinese authorities had arrested four Christian missionaries while 32 other Christian missionaries while the crackdown against Christians in China surges. The government has unleashed crackdown against the Christian evangelizing, while the recent arrests unfolded in Yanji region of the country, where the missionaries had been evangelizing.

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China has had dozens of Christian missionaries from South Korea had flooded China; who preached the Gospel to the locals. On the other hand, the South Korean government had confirmed that some of the South Korean Christian missionaries had been arrested in China. It was further confirmed that some of the South Korean Christian missionaries had been evangelizing in China since decades.

Missionary work from the foreigners is illegal in China, evangelism from South Korean missionaries has been overlooked on the grounds that these missionaries prove humanitarian service or in few cases they bribe the authorities in order to avoid persecution.

In keeping with United States Commission for International Religious Freedom Report 2016: “In May 2015, authorities in Zhejiang Province circulated draft regulations governing the color, size and location of religious signs, symbols, and structures. While the regulations apply to all religious markers, the move aligned with provincial officials’ systematic efforts in recent years to forcibly remove church crosses in Zhejiang Province, an area with a high concentration of Christians.

Officially branded the “Three Rectifications and One Demolition” campaign, Chinese authorities use the pretext of building code violations to target houses of worship, particularly churches, as illegal structures. By some estimates, the number of cross removals and church demolitions totaled at least 1,500, and many who opposed these acts were arrested.

The campaign reached such intensity in 2015 that even government-approved churches and the provincial arms of the government-run Catholic Patriotic Association and Protestant Christian Council publicly expressed alarm, including in a public letter written by the government-appointed bishop of Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province and co-signed by several priests.

Although Chinese authorities released several parishioners and pastors throughout the year, they continued to summon, question, detain, and even arrest clergy and parishioners of unregistered house churches, such as at Huoshi Church in Guizhou Province. In January 2015, local officials informed the family of imprisoned Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang that he had died.”