Turkey needs China’s support and tourists. The government is covering Istanbul with signs in Mandarin, something Uyghur refugees regard as offensive.
As part of the campaign “to eradicate pornography and illegal publications,” the state targets religious venues, imposes more bans on publications.
Amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the CCP intensifies efforts to shut down house churches in mainland China under the pretext of “preventing riots.”
Party bureaucrats are demanded to always carry quotes by the president and study them; those who can’t recite them from memory may face punishment.
Tongshan county government in Hubei Province is repurposing folk religion shrines, in which families have been paying respects to their ancestors for generations.
Places of worship, set up by Three-Self churches to facilitate believers with disabilities or in far-away regions, are facing increasing suppression by the state.
For the CCP, it’s not enough to replace the Ten Commandments with the president’s portraits and quotations. It is now mandatory for believers to study his work.
The CCP intensifies control of postal and courier services, imposing especially harsh measures on shipments to Hong Kong, Beijing, and other “sensitive” regions.
As religious sculptures and other symbols are being destroyed throughout the country, Chairman Mao statues stand tall for people to worship.