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Is the Chinese Regime Changing its Policy Toward Christianity?
The American Interest ^ | 06/15/2014 | Peter Berger

Posted on 06/15/2014 4:57:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

On May 30, 2014, The New York Times published a story by Ian Johnson about what seems to be a concerted government effort to clamp down on Christian churches in Wenzhou, the city with the highest percentage of Christians in China. It has long been known that there are regional differences in official attitudes toward religion, not always reflecting the views of the central government.

It is conceivable that the events in Wenzhou could be a relatively local matter. But at any rate one aspect of the story makes one wonder: The provincial head of the Communist party who initiated the anti-Christian measures, Xiao Baolong, is a close ally of Xi Jinping, the president of China since March 2013. The president is not known for a liberal outlook. Do the events in Wenzhou reflect or foreshadow a policy change on the national level? It is too early to tell, but it is worth reflecting on the implications if there is a policy change emanating from Beijing.

Wenzhou is a city in southeast China. It has 9 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area (I suppose this makes it a medium-size city in Chinese terms). The climate is good all year long, because it is located in a hilly area with fresh breezes. It has long been known for having a successful class of entrepreneurs, many of whom have moved to other parts of the country and to the overseas Chinese diaspora. The economic market reforms began with a government-sponsored experiment in Wenzhou.

The city now contains 130,000 private enterprises, four of them listed among China’s 500 top firms. Intense Protestant missionary activity, most of it from America and Britain, began there in the late nineteenth century. Wenzhou now has the largest percentage of Christians in the country—estimated at 15%.

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TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: china; chinesechristians; christendom; christianity; redchina; wenzhou

1 posted on 06/15/2014 4:57:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If Mao couldn’t kill the Chinese church, these suits wont.

2 posted on 06/15/2014 5:03:46 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind

China has a new (sort of) Gestapo, separate from the regular cops, it is responsible directly to only the Chinese Communist Party—”The 610 Group”.

The name is a reference to June 10th, the anniversary of Tiannamen.

Originally the group had a name like, “Entity to Control Falun Gong” but was changed to “Entity to Control Subversive Religious Groups”.

Their specialty during arrest (which involves no paperwork) is touching, twisting, penetrating or smashing your genitals —that sounds made-up but it’s true.

3 posted on 06/15/2014 5:19:34 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: SeekAndFind
I think China now has the largest Christian population in the world.
I love the Chinese Christian art:

4 posted on 06/15/2014 5:22:12 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: gaijin
Many Chinese Christians meet in house churches because the official State controled church forbids the teaching of certain essential important aspects of Christianity that the Government doesn't like.

5 posted on 06/15/2014 5:26:27 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis


Do you have a link available for these works?

6 posted on 06/15/2014 5:34:38 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: SeekAndFind

Pearl S. Buck wrote often in her books about China and her hope for the Christians there...her family were missionaries, and although she was born in W Va she grew up in China.

7 posted on 06/15/2014 5:47:45 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Viennacon
If Mao couldn’t kill the Chinese church, these suits won't.

Yes, I am sure Mao is "enjoying" the creature comforts he finds himself in right now. Can you raise the temperature for him a little bit?

8 posted on 06/15/2014 5:59:04 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17

Mao isn’t head of China...he’s gone.

9 posted on 06/15/2014 6:11:12 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Kackikat

This is a conservative forum - which means - we are all fully aware that Mao is “gone”. Unlike a liberal forum.

And, unlike my liberal sister, who has a masters in education, from a fairly prestigious private college, who recently asked me if Japan was involved in WWII.

She probably doesn’t even know who Mao was. She is in her late 30’s.

10 posted on 06/15/2014 6:57:56 PM PDT by QuisCustodiet1776 (Live free or die.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

My wife (ethnic Chinese from Thailand) and I lived in Sichuan, PRC for three years from 2007 to 2010. There were many Chinese Christians we met during those three years and also during our trips to China that began in 1998. The Chinese Christians are serious Christians (persecution does that to a person) and will never be defeated by government hacks. There are too many and too diverse with about 80% worshipping in illegal house churches. Believe the number of active Christians (and I mean ACTIVE) is close to 300 million per our Christian friends.

The Chinese art you showed reminded my of a Christian traditional watercolor artist that taught my wife his art form. His Christian silk scrolls were exactly as you have depicted. Wonderful and very traditional Chinese. Thanks for sharing.

11 posted on 06/15/2014 7:55:56 PM PDT by inthaihill (Living in an interesting paradise - Thailand!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

With the direction our government is headed in, we Bible-believing Christians may be doing the same before too long.

12 posted on 06/15/2014 8:21:15 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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Big difference, Americans are ARMED to the teeth, so it will be more or less a revolt.

13 posted on 06/16/2014 3:03:04 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: mom4melody

No. I just did a Bing picture search. Sorry.

14 posted on 06/16/2014 5:04:48 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: inthaihill

No Problem. I love Chinese art.

15 posted on 06/16/2014 5:06:06 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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