Anyone who wants to attend a service in a government-controlled Three-Self church in Xinjiang’s Urumqi city must not only present their identification card but also have their identity checked by a facial recognition system.
In the past four months, the Chinese government has made repeated attempts at shutting down the church.
After a sequence of well-planned mischievous manipulations, Henan authorities made members of the Yangzhai True Jesus Church congregation sign a document condemning their church to demolition.
While countless Buddhist temples are being destroyed across China, statues of deities are being replaced with those of Mao Zedong in the remaining places of worship.
Sixteen members of The Church of Almighty God were captured in Sichuan’s Zigong city, and they haven’t been heard from since.
Video footage from over fifty religious sites, where the authorities in Henan forcibly installed surveillance equipment, resulted in the closure of five religious meeting sites.
China had long denied that “transformation through education” camps for Muslims exist in Xinjiang. Now it announces that all is well, since a new law made them legal.
The provincial government in Henan has called for monitoring of the flow of funds at all government-controlled churches under its jurisdiction.
The Xinjiang Supply and Marketing Technical School in Shihezi has students from Uyghur and Kazakh ethnicities, which is why it is under strict government surveillance.