China’s government is not only cracking down on its own Christian citizens, it is also targeting South Koreans who are in the country and allegedly helped persecuted North Koreans who escaped Kim Jong-un’s oppressive regime.
According to The Christian Post, the Chinese provinces of Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang have together deported hundreds of South Korean Christians who are evangelizing and engaging in missionary work.
In the province of Jilin, all South Korean churches have reportedly been closed due to China’s campaign to “eradicate extremism.”
Christians who continue to participate in unauthorized religious activities can face up to $45,200 in fines and possible arrest and imprisonment.
According to Bob Fu, the founder and president of China Aid, a ministry which seeks to help persecuted Chinese Christians, “the top leadership is increasingly worried about the rapid growth of Christian faith and their public presence, and their social influence. It is a political fear for the Communist Party, as the number of Christians in the country far outnumber the members of the Party.”
China’s president Xi Jinping, who is commissioning the crackdown on Christians, is becoming more and more powerful. Last month, the Communist Party in China voted to enshrine Xi’s name in its constitution in order to ensure his legacy.