The authorities have been investigating the religious beliefs of military personnel, and are seeking to ensure that their number is reduced to “zero.”
The Communist Party authorities are “de-extremizing” China by focusing on removing Islam-related symbols.
The Chinese government continues to vilify underground Catholics and house church Protestants, but believers adhere to their faiths in the face of persecution.
Government-controlled churches offer books on the “red revolution,” biographies of leaders, and other secular works to advance the “sinicization” of religion.
Not only Muslims in Xinjiang face persecution. China cracks down on Muslims near Beijing, targets mosque for women, as faithful hide their precious books.
“Operation Knocking on Doors” sends officers to photograph believers under false pretexts, part of a broader surveillance system to track religious everywhere.
The targets of these restrictions include teachers and health-care workers, in addition to low-level civil servants.
Reminiscent of early Christians, Chinese Catholics must move in secret and meet in out-of-the-way places, while priests face arrest if caught.
Chinese government is using foreign religious missionaries as a justification to its efforts of suppressing belief.