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ICC Note: UCA News published the first of three articles focusing on research carried out by Professor Ying Fuk-tsang about the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to infiltrate churches and church organizations for decades. His publication provides hard evidence on the extent of Party members’ infiltration, particularly of Christian youth organizations.

05/21/2018 China (UCA News) – Research has shed light on how pre-1949 Chinese revolution Communist Party cadres active in Christian churches continued their clandestine activities long after the take-over of the sprawling nation.

An investigation unraveled the mystery of a missing section of nearly 70-year-old communist directives dealing with Christian churches.

This provided hard evidence on the extent of infiltration, particularly of Christian youth organizations.

Professor Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the Divinity School at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has long studied historical records related to undercover work of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in churches and church organizations.

The professor on May 7 spoke about his research at a Hong Kong seminar held jointly by the Christian Study Center on Chinese Religion and Culture (CSCCRC) and the Center for Christian Studies.

He cited the written directives relating to the Catholic and Protestant churches dated July 23, 1950, which he originally obtained some two decades ago.

The directives were split into eight sections, seven of them dealing with CCP policies on the practice of Christianity.

However, the deliberate deletion of one whole section stirred Ying’s interest and he set out on a quest to ascertain the nature of the material that had been hidden.

On the document itself, there was a reference to the section having been ‘deleted by the editor’; an apparent reference to censorship.

Ying had earlier researched pre-1949 CCP concerns over Christianity and intuition told him that the deleted section was about underground party members who were also Christians.

Years later, he got his hands on a book published by the CCP’s Central United Front Work Department which constituted a breakthrough in his bid to find what was not intended to enter the public domain.

To his academic satisfaction, Ying learned that the deleted section of the directives was entitled ‘Party members who are religious believers.’

The long lost material went on to state that “faithful and reliable party members” with dual identities should continue to work in churches without their true loyalties being revealed.

At the seminar, Ying explained that churches were infiltrated while the communists were pitted from 1927 in a civil war against the anti-communist Kuomintang (KMT).

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