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ICC Note: In the last year, three provincial governments in China have deported hundreds of South Korean pastors and missionaries, forcing them to abandon churches and communities in the northeastern Chinese region. No explanation was given for such move but possible cause being Chinese officials believe that South Korean pastors were involved with helping North Korean defectors. In addition, Chinese government’s new set of religious regulations also seek to tighten control on Christian activities, especially house churches and those that have foreign links.

11/07/2017 China (World Watch Monitor) – Hundreds of South Korean Christians, including church leaders, have been sent home in the last year by three provincial governments in north-eastern China in a move that is seen to be part of the implementation of a new set of rules to control religious activities.

There are thought to be over 1,000 South Korean pastors and missionaries in China, most working in the northeast, and their departure has led to closed churches and abandoned communities.

In Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province, as of early October there are now no remaining South Korean churches, according to the Korea Herald.

In January 32 South Korean missionaries were expelled from the Yanji region in Jilin Province, near the border with North Korea.

The Chinese government has not given an explanation for the departure of large numbers of South Korean Christians but the three provinces involved – Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang – all border North Korea and government officials believe that some South Korean pastors are helping North Korean defectors.

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