Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Western powers using Christianity to 'subvert' China, says religious official

Head of state-sanctioned Protestant churches in China says ‘anti-China forces in the west’ are trying to interfere with social stability

 The Chinese government has tightened restrictions on religions since Xi Jinping took office Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The head of China’s state-sanctioned Protestant church has claimed that western forces are trying to use Christianity to influence society and “subvert” the government, saying that Chinese Christians needed to follow a Chinese model of the religion.

China’s constitution guarantees religious freedom, but since President Xi Jinping took office six years ago, the government has tightened restrictions on religions seen as a challenge to the authority of the ruling Communist party.  Read more >>