(CBN News) China launched a campaign aimed at expanding its control over “illegal social organizations” that are not registered with the government. This includes shutting down houses of worship that refuse to adhere to the beliefs of the country’s communist regime.
International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) is targeting organizations that use the words “China,” “Zhonghua,” or “National” in their names, and those working with legal organizations in an attempt to deceive the government.
Planning events that compete with the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are considered to be a part of the illegal organizations. Groups that engage in activities advocating health, sinology, or mysticism are included, as well as those congregating for religious reasons.