China Escalates Nationwide Crackdown on Protestant Churches

By Qiao Long, Wong Siu-san and Lam Kwok-lap | Radio Free Asia

The ruling Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on Protestant churches continued on Thursday with warnings to churches in several provinces that they should shut down and the demolition of property funded by believers.

A Christian church follower in the eastern province of Jiangxi said that a church of more than 200 members in Jinxian county had recently been ordered to close down.

“The Supreme Love group in Jinxian county received [the warning] last month. Believers there told me that they have been harassed by the government and told not to hold gatherings any more,” the church member said.