Authorities in Liaoning seek to monitor foreign religious groups more strictly in the near future.
Bitter Winter has recently accessed a secret Liaoning’s Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee document that calls for monitoring of foreign religious “infiltration” activities. This means that foreign nationals in China could face increased persecution.
The document, titled, Opinions on Strengthening the Monitoring Work Against Foreign Religious Infiltration Activities, was issued in August. It states that the local authorities need to “do a better job of resisting foreign religious infiltration in accordance with the requirements of the CCP’s ideological work regarding religious rectification.”
It is further stated in the document that, “monitoring work must be included as a political task and given an important place on the agenda.”
Seeking to implement the monitoring work entirely, the authorities have demanded that the religious affairs system served as the main force and that governmental departments, grassroots communities, schools, and media campaigns be utilized to broaden channels for information collection.
According to the analysis of insiders, judging by all the various initiatives mentioned in the document, the CCP authorities are attaching great importance to this work. In particular, they are demanding that a “daily reporting system” be implemented, with reports being turned in at 4 pm every day.
Undoubtedly, this spells trouble for foreign religious groups and nationals who might be picked up for all the wrong reasons by CCP-backed authorities to fulfill the demands of this policy.
Reported by Piao Junying