China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested.
The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher laws that criminalise Christians if they do not pledge loyalty to the state.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned that all religions now have to become “Chinese” and the new laws will attempt to bring churchgoers and their leaders under party control.
The northern fringes of Beijing are some of the poorest areas in the capital, home to migrant workers who come from all over China, an itinerant community where the state offers little support.
But it is where the church is growing the fastest.
After weeks of negotiation, we have been given access to one small Protestant underground, or home church, and we can hear the sounds of prayers well before we walk in.
It operates in a shop-front and has about 50 members.
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