CHINA – China imposes harsh new rules governing religious groups in 2020

Fox News | Caleb Parke | Jan. 7, 2020

China is striking the “final blow to religious liberty” with new administrative measures set to take place in February with total submission to the Chinese Communist Party, according to a watchdog group.

The country’s state-run media announced the new “Administrative Measures for Religious Groups” on Dec. 30. That same day, Pastor Wang Yi of Chengdu’s Early Rain Covenant Church, one of the most well-known leaders in the House Church movement, was sentenced to nine years in jail for “inciting subversion of state power,” raising concern for Chinese Christians.

Bitter Winter, a watchdog on religious liberty and human rights in China, said the situation for religious groups is going from “bad to worse.”