09/08/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – A new set of regulations is expected to come into effect soon in China, regulating that foreign teachers should refrain from proselytizing without permission and should steer clear of “evil cult practices,” a term the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses to target new religions or Falun Gong.
According to South China Morning Post, the strictures are broad – anything deemed threatening China’s sovereignty, violating the criminal code or obstructing implementation of education policy could result in teachers having their visas cancelled or denied. Education institutions will have to ensure that foreign teachers hold valid work and residence permits, have a minimum of two years of teaching experience, and have a bachelor’s degree and language teaching qualifications.
20 hours of political indoctrination covering China’s development, laws, professional ethics and education policies will also be mandatory for new foreign hires. A national social credit system to score foreign teachers on what they do and say – inside and outside the classroom, has also been proposed.
The public security bureau in the island province of Hainan even offers rewards of up to 100,000 yuan (US$14,600) for tip-offs leading to the arrest of foreigners who “engaged in religious activities without permission.” This includes teaching religion, evangelizing, and networking.
Brent Fulton, founder of a US-based Christian research organization ChinaSource, said that while China has always outlawed foreigners from engaging in religious activities, it hasn’t been strictly enforced until recent years.
“But in the last couple of years, we started to see notices posted on campus banning religious activities and some teachers have been asked to leave China as a result,” he said, adding that students have also been warned to watch out for foreign teachers spreading religion.
ICC also previously reported that hundreds of South Korean missionaries have been deported for their mission activities in northeast China. It is safe to assume that in the last two to three years, at least thousands of missionaries had to leave China and can no longer carry out their work there.
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