News in Brief : Beijing imprisons Christian faithful. Taipei opens religious centres

The Fenyang (Shanxi) People’s Procuratorate has formalised the arrest of An Yankui, minister of the Reformed Church of Zion. The accusation is that he “illegally crossed” the border.

Jan 14, 2022


BEIJING:
The Fenyang (Shanxi) People’s Procuratorate has formalised the arrest of An Yankui, minister of the Reformed Church of Zion. The accusation is that he “illegally crossed” the border.

According to authorities, the Protestant minister and his aide violated the law by leaving China to attend a religious conference in Malaysia.

An Yankui and Zhang Chenghao are now in Xiaoyi Prison. Due to COVID-19 and national security issues, the prison police have so far prevented the wives and lawyers of the two Christians from visiting them in prison.

While China is coming down hard on religious communities, in Taiwan they are opening Jewish centres. Since December 29, the Jewish faithful of Taipei have their cultural meeting place: a tool to foster exchanges between the Taiwanese population and the Jewish world. Even in terms of religious openness, the island stands out from the repressive communist China for its democratic value. Beijing considers Taiwan a “rebellious” province and does not rule out reconquering it by force.--Asia News

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