As the authorities put more and more Muslim men in detention, there is hardly anyone left to work on the fields.
Since house churches have come up with several ingenious ways to evade persecution, the authorities have now started deploying spies to crack down on religious belief.
The province in the east of China is home to the second-largest population of Christians in China, most of whom are concentrated in the cities of Fuyang and Liu’an.
Authorities in Henan are coercing the owners at commercial establishments such as hotels and supermarkets to remove the signboards or face consequences.
The National Security Bureau in Liaoning’s Dalian city has set quotas of arrested believers for local police stations as part of their work assessment plan.
While countless mosques have been shut down or converted into non-religious venues in Xinjiang, some Muslims have lost entire families to detention.
Reports about arrested priests and closed down churches suggest that the authorities are not prepared to ease on the persecution of underground Catholic churches after the Vatican-China agreement.
A confidential document adopted by the municipal government in one of the province’s cities lists specific measures to crack down on religious liberties, including online propaganda and the promotion of “patriotic” clergy.
The lessons were interpreted as being a “conspiracy against the state.” As a result, the Hui kindergarten was forced to drop the course.