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ICC Note:

Christians are preoccupied with the new restrictions that the communist government of China is planning to impose to them starting February 1 of this year. Unfortunately, Christians are already very limited, so many have to meet in secret to avoid repercussions from the government. However, the new standards for Christians promise a more hostile environment for them and escalated harassment from the government.

1/29/2018 China(UCA News) –  New stricter religious affairs regulations in China should prompt believers to become more aware of how to defend their rights, according to Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the divinity school at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The regulations coming into force on Feb. 1 were first released in draft form in 2014 before a fuller version was made public in 2017.

Critics maintained that concerns expressed about an eroding of religious freedom were largely ignored.

Among stricter provisions are those covering official registration of places used for religious purposes amid a measure of confusion about criteria to be applied.

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