Over 100 Foreign Missionaries Expelled by Chinese Government Secret Campaign
ICC Note: The Chinese government which claims to protect freedom of religion is taking drastic actions to prevent the spread of Christianity during the 2008 Olympics.
7/10/07 China (China Aid) – China Aid Association confirms that a central government-directed campaign to expel suspected foreign missionaries has been ongoing since February 2007.
According to reliable China Aid sources and collaborated reports by at least five different mission agencies, over 100 foreigners accused of being involved in illegal religious activities in China have been expelled or deported this year between April and June. Sources inside the Chinese government informed CAA that the Chinese government launched a massive expulsion campaign of foreign Christians, encoded Typhoon No. 5, in February 2007. This campaign is believed to be part of the anti-infiltration efforts to prevent foreign Christians from engaging in mission activities before the Beijing Olympics next year.
According to an American who had been working in Xinjiang for 10 years and wants to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the topic, over 60 foreign religious workers were expelled from Xinjiang alone. Some of the workers had been serving the local people for 15-18 years before they were asked to leave in the past few months. At least 15 Christian couples from the United States and other countries were expelled from Beijing in the month of May. Two American English teachers sent by the English Language Institute/China (ELIC) were expelled from Tibet
On May 31, 2007, one Israeli Jewish Christian and an American were arrested and expelled from Linyi City , Shandong province when they worshiped together with 70 House Church leaders. On July 1, three American Christians from Indiana were detained in Beijing and then forced to leave China after their US passports were taken away for 3 to 5 days by Chinese security agents.
According to CAAs private interviews with some of the expelled Americans, the Chinese PSB confiscated their passports for 2-7 days and treated them professionally while they were interrogated. They were not allowed to have access to US Embassy in Beijing , a direct violation of US-China consulate protection agreements. Some will not be allowed to return to China for 5 years