China: Two Sentenced for Attending a Christian Conference in Malaysia

November 17, 2022

For background on Orthodox Christianity in China, see here.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in China, see here.

“Two Sentenced for Attending a Christian Conference in Malaysia,” by Yuan Changpu, Bitter Winter, November 15, 2022:

Tourism abroad is allowed in China but not if your purpose is attending a Christian conference. Earlier this year Bitter Winter reported that several Christians from Shanxi had attended a 2020 conference organized by famous Chinese overseas evangelist Tang Chongrong. After a long investigation, Shanxi public security detained seven of them in December 2021. They were accused of illegally crossing the border and, since they had brought back from Malaysia a few Christian books and brochures, smuggling was added as a second charge.

An Yankui and Zhang Chenghao, the pastor and a co-worker of a reformed house church in Taiyuan, City of God (Hui Cheng), were formally arrested on December 28, 2021. On November 15, 2020, their church had been raided by the police and several members detained for “organizing and participating in illegal gatherings,” meaning house church religious services not part of the government-controlled Three-Self Church….

The principle has however been established that traveling abroad to attend religious events (except within the context of propaganda tours organized by the five authorized religions) is a crime in China, punished with jail penalties.