China Broadens Crackdown on Foreign Missionaries

Following the detentions this month of two Canadian Christian activists based by the North Korean border, The Globe and Mail’s Nathan VanderKlippe reports on a broader crackdown on foreign missionaries in China:

Paul Yoo at first thought the text was a joke, or perhaps spam. “Chinese secrets are like the heavens and the big mountains. Do not reveal or talk about them,” read the cryptic message.

[…] A week later, police arrived at his door in the northeastern Chinese city where Mr. Yoo, a South Korean missionary, had lived untroubled by authorities for years in a country where proselytizing by foreigners is, officially, illegal.

China is turning a blind eye no longer. The knock on Mr. Yoo’s door two years ago marked the beginning of a quiet forced evacuation of foreign , including hundreds of South Koreans, some of whom have worked to train and convert Chinese, and others who have helped Christian defectors from . [Source]

In some Tibetan areas, local officials have reportedly been more tolerant of missionary activity, viewing it as a counterweight to Buddhism. See more recent news on the recent crackdown on Christian groups in the north-east, church demolitions and cross removals, Sino-Vatican relations, and China’s hope of molding a “compatible” Christianity, via CDT.