Posts Tagged ‘President Xi Jinping’

Religion in China: research reveals surprising insights

Thursday, September 21st, 2023
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The Pew Research Center has released a groundbreaking 160-page report shedding light on the state of religion in China. Faith in the world’s second most populous country has been under constant suppression for 74 years. The report, which delves into the challenging task of collecting data in a nation known for tight media control and Read more

Crowd in China clashes with police over plans to demolish mosque

Thursday, June 1st, 2023

China’s government is calling on protesters to turn themselves in after a crowd clashed with police over plans to demolish a mosque in the country’s southwest as President Xi Jinping’s government tightens control over religion and society. Protesters threw water bottles at officers with helmets and shields outside the blue-domed Najiaying Mosque in Yuxi, a Read more

Vatican-China deal: things worse for Catholics

Thursday, November 10th, 2022
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The Vatican’s decision to renew the secretive Vatican-China deal amid Beijing’s crackdown on religious freedom conditions is making things worse for Catholics, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) members say. USCIRF Commissioner David Curry (pictured) says “USCIRF is disappointed that the Vatican had decided to renew the provisional agreement with the Chinese government Read more

China targets religion on radio, TV and internet

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Communist China is adopting a new regulation for radio, television and online programmes that strictly bans all forms of dissent and unauthorised religious content that threatens to disrupt “social order” and negate “socialist culture,” says a report. The State Administration of Radio and Television published the draft regulation titled: “Provisions on the Administration of Radio, Read more

China leaves Pope without power to choose bishops

Monday, March 1st, 2021

A September 2018 agreement between China and the Vatican on selecting Roman Catholic bishops in China may not be as historic as it was described when announced. The way the government of President Xi Jinping views it, nothing really changed. The accord was supposed to end decades of disagreement between the church and Beijing by Read more

It’s time for western universities to cut their ties to China

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

It’s time for Western universities to close their Confucius Institutes and end their academic cooperation with China. In the three decades following the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, one of the ways China sought to rebuild its image abroad was by systematically forging partnerships with Western universities. At first, these partnerships mainly focused on research collaboration. Read more

The end of Hong Kong is being prepared

Thursday, June 4th, 2020
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History is repeating itself in Hong Kong. In 2003, after the SARS epidemic, attempts were made to introduce a national security law. Similarly, it is happening now as the coronavirus recedes. But this time we fear there will be no happy ending. It is difficult to find words that we have not already written to Read more

Chinese underground bishop on the run from authorities

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Chinese underground bishop Msgr. Vincenzo Guo Xijin (Guo), is being hounded by public security agents to force him to sign up to an “independent Church” in exchange for government recognition. The Chinese Communist Party also wants Guo to attend a meeting of the “independent” clergy of the Fujian, where he is the bishop, after he Read more

China: Xi Jinping ramps up religious persecution

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Over the past decade, rash optimism that China was finally moving past the era of former Communist dictator Mao Tse-tung’s influence has given way to president Xi Jinping’s reconsolidating his power. One of the major ways he’s done that: persecuting religious believers. Demanding psychological submission to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), teachers in China are Read more

Vatican says China should not fear Church

Monday, March 18th, 2019

A Vatican official says China’s government should not fear “distrust or hostility” from the Roman Catholic Church, amid speculation over whether President Xi Jinping will meet Pope Francis this week. Read more