The authorities refused to issue tourist visas to citizens wanting to visit South Korea.
Regulation on Religious Affairs
The government has dismissed leaders of official churches in Henan for not implementing central government policies sufficiently.
Police in Shandong Province shut down a family church, following the implementation of the new Regulations on Religious Affairs.
Believers working for the state lost their jobs, homes, and privileges after their faith had been exposed.
Elementary and middle school students in the region are being forced to abandon their religious belief.
Bitter Winter has received a secret Communist Party document with a plan to close down churches and religious meeting places in Liaoning Province.
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: June 25, 2018 Forty gathering sites of the Three-Self Church – the government-controlled united Protestant church – in Guanyintang town, Henan Province, were forced to close down in a period of few months, after the new Regulations on Religious Affairs came into force on February 1, 2018.
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: June 11, 2018 On the morning of April 16, the Changcun town government in Changyuan County, in Henan Province’s Xinxiang city demolished a Protestant church in Beixinxing village claiming that the church building was illegal.
Source: Asia News Date: June 6, 2018 On Monday, the police in Chengdu, Sichuan closed the Early Rain Covenant Church and detained its pastor Wang Yi, his wife, and a dozen preachers and worshipers. The church planned to hold a special prayer service that evening commemorating the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre,
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 31, 2018 Bitter Winter is receiving many reports from mainland China of schools suppressing religious freedoms. This has especially intensified since the adoption of the new Regulations on Religious Affairs in February 2018, which prohibits minors under 18 from joining a religion and engaging in religious activities.