Head of China’s Official Church Claims Western Powers Seek to Infiltrate Through Christianity

03/13/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Western powers are trying to influence China’s society and even “subvert” the government through Christianity, according to a senior Chinese official.

During a session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on March 11, Xu Xiaohong, president of the National Commission of the Three Self Patriotic Movement stated that there were many problems with Christianity in China, including “infiltration” from outside and “private gathering places”.

“Anti-China forces in the West are trying to continue to influence China’s social stability and even subvert our country’s political power through Christianity, and it is destined to fail,” he said.

“In modern times, Christianity was spread widely to China along with the colonial invasion of Western powers, and was therefore called a ‘foreign religion’. It must be said that some faithful lack a true national conscience. That’s why we say ‘another Christian, one less Chinese’,” the official church leader added. He stressed the need to get rid of the ‘Western religion imprint’ on China’s Christianity and urged that Chinese Christians needed to follow a Chinese model of the religion.

Under President Xi Jinping’s “Sinicization of Religion” campaign, since religion is regarded as a potential channel to foreign interference in the internal affairs of the state, the Chinese government has intensified its crackdown against religions, especially Islam and Christianity. More than a million of Uyghurs are believed to be trapped inside the so-called ‘re-education camps,’ whereas more than four thousand churches have seen their crosses removed, churches shut down, and Christians arrested.

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