China’s dire clampdown on religious freedom

By Jonathan Manthorpe | Asia Times

Containing and controlling religion has always been a vicious, violent and frequently deadly objective of the Chinese Communist Party.

And that contest has become ever more emotionally charged in recent years as hundreds of millions of Chinese people seek the spiritual and communal solace the CCP no longer offers in its new format as an authoritarian oligarchy.

The CCP sees religious organizations, especially those with firm regional or national roots, as potential challengers to the party’s authority.