A member of a Korean church in Hailin city, Heilongjiang Province, intimidated by authorities and prohibited from holding religious gatherings.
On June 19, 2018, Piao Huien, a member of a Korean family church in Hailin was intimidated by the authorities who prohibited her from holding gatherings and made her sign a statement renouncing her faith by putting her fingerprint on it. They told Piao Huien that the church to which she belonged was considered a hostile force by the Chinese government, saying that if she adhered to her faith, she would be acting against the Communist Party.
Piao Huien often invited fellow believers of Korean origin to attend gatherings at her church, which was established by South Koreans living in China. She said that the church, previously shepherded directly by South Korean preachers, has been a target of suppression and surveillance by the Chinese authorities for some time. The church’s preachers, Jin Jishun and Han Mingzhe (both are pseudonyms), a married couple, were once arrested by the local police, after which they were forced to return to South Korea.
Since April, the Chinese government has been implementing the Plan for the Special Campaign on Legal Investigation and Prosecution of South Korean Christian Infiltrations, directed at the house churches established by Christians from South Korea in China. The plan requires that all authorities on different levels must suppress and crack down on such groups and regularly report their progress.
Reported by Piao Junying