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Chinese gov't still set on eradicating Christians

Charlie Butts   ( Friday, February 08, 2013

The figures of an annual survey show that persecution of Christians in China has worsened. But there is cautious optimism for the future.

Fu, Bob (ChinaAid)The 2012 report on "Chinese Government Persecution of Christians & Churches in Mainland China," based on incidents confirmed by ChinaAid founder Bob Fu, is just a tip of the iceberg.

"There were 132 persecution cases involving nearly 5,000 people of faith -- the Christians, especially, and the Catholics," Fu reports. "And the number of people sentenced jumped 125 percent over the previous year."

He tells OneNewsNow that one of the purposes of persecution is to intimidate church members and their pastors to join the official government-recognized church in China.

He explains that the government usually takes measures like "detaining church leaders and sending them to labor camps on the pretext of suspicion of organizing and using an evil cult to undermine law enforcement, and finally restricting the spread of Christian faith among students."

Fu believes most people do not understand that imprisoned Christians are providing part of the labor for making Chinese products used in the United States, including iPhones.

But ChinaAid sees the leadership handover at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party, signaling the exit of leadership of the ultra-leftist ideology, as a positive sign.

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