President Xi’s Extension of Power, Bad News for Persecuted Christians in China

ICC Note: Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to stay in power past 2022 with a proposal to remove presidential term limits. The Christian Post quotes International Christian Concern in this article and states that Chinese Christians will continue to experience persecution as a result.  

02/27/2018 China (Christian Post) – Christians in China are preparing for the persecution they suffer to continue as the Communist Party there has proposed removing presidential term limits, paving the way for Xi Jinping to stay on in power indefinitely.

The Chinese government announced on Sunday that the party will remove the provision that the president and vice president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms” from the country’s constitution.

As a consequence, Xi will be able to stay as China’s head of state indefinitely, CNN noted. The decision follows up on previous moves last year, where the party enshrined his name and ideology into its constitution, elevating him to the level of Chairman Mao Zedong, the founder of the People’s Republic of China.

Watchdog groups, such as International Christian Concern, warned that persecution of believers is “likely to continue” in the wake of Xi’s intent to stay in power beyond 2022.

“Xi’s first term was marked by a crackdown on religious groups with new regulations and restrictions,” the watchdog group noted.

UCAnews, an independent Catholic news source in Asia, also shared the fears of analysts that the crackdown against religious minorities will not get any better.

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