In the terminology of sociologist Fenggang Yang, the segment of Chinese religion including Churches, communities, mosques, and temples that are not part of the red market, i.e. refuse to join the five official religious organizations, yet are not listed as xie jiao. Religious organizations in the gray market are illegal, but being active in one of them (unlike being active in a xie jiao) is not a crime. They were alternatively persecuted and at least half-tolerated for decades, until the new Regulation on Religious Affairs indicated the CCP’s intention of no longer tolerating them.« Back to Glossary Index
- Russia, Crackdown on the Esoteric Movement Allya Ayat Continues
In Siberia’s Altai Republic a new wave of repression targeted some 150 believers of the large group founded in Kazakhstan.
- Spain: Pro-China Lobby Against the International Religious Freedom Summit
An article by an academic in one of the main Spanish newspapers spreads Chinese propaganda and creates a scandal—until you realize it’s an advertorial.
- Justice for Tai Ji Men Is Justice for All
Injustice to one is injustice to all. And fighting for justice in one case benefits all cases. This is the lesson we have learned from Tai Ji Men.
- Lunar New Year Vacation Homework for Chinese Religions: Teach the “Five Identifications”
The United Front told the leaders of the five authorized religions that holidays should be an opportunity to teach believers to identify with China, the CCP, and socialism.