CHINA – Trump admin condemns imprisonment of Chinese pastor Wang Yi, calls for his release: ‘We are alarmed’

Christian Post | Leah MarieAnn Klett | Jan. 2, 2020

Pastor Wang Yi in a sermon “Waiting Together for the Day of Redemption” preached on September 9, 2018 at Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China. | YouTube/ Wang Yi Sermon Clips

The Trump administration has condemned the imprisonment of Wang Yi, pastor of one of China’s best-known unregistered house churches, calling it another example of “Beijing’s intensification of repression of Chinese Christians and members of other religious groups.”

Wang, founder of the 5,000-member Early Rain Covenant Church in China’s southwestern city of Chengdu, was among dozens of the church’s members and leaders detained by police in December 2018, most of whom were subsequently released.

On Monday, the pastor was sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of inciting subversion of state power, part of Beijing’s crackdown on unregistered religious groups.