China claims that the West is using Christianity to influence its people and challenge the ruling Communist Party.
Xu Xiaohong, head of the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China, vowed to rid the country of all religions perceived as “Western influence,” reports the Inkstone News.
This wrong view and behavior has seriously affected social stability, ethnic unity and religious harmony, and has vilified the social image of the Muslim community and must be resolutely stopped. —Yang Jie, an imam from Xinjian
Xu delivered a speech on March 11, 2019 which supports President Xi Jinping’s campaign to “sinicize religion.” In this campaign, the government aims to have full control of all religions in the country. Part of its five-year plan is to adapt religious teachings and doctrines into the Chinese culture.
The senior Chinese official said Christianity is called a ‘foreign religion&