When members of the congregation refused, authorities in Shaanxi still destroyed a state-approved Protestant church, under a trumped-up pretext.
A recently issued document calls for the closure, repurposing, and strict supervision of religious venues, exerting personal responsibility on officials in charge.
Since the control over believers has become one of the main tasks for local authorities, their work is closely monitored and evaluated.
Anything religion-related is off limits in China. Authorities are closing down welfare and support centers established by believers or churches.
Two more state-approved Three-Self churches are reported to have been demolished, and their assets and valuables looted during the holiday season last year.
Authorities forcibly took over and looted True Jesus Church in Henan’s Shangqiu city, arresting its director and detaining her for 15 days.