(ETH) – China is reportedly launching an organized campaign that will be specifically aimed at expanding its control over “illegal social organizations” that are not registered with the government.
Of course, this will include Churches or “Houses of Worship” that fail to comply by registering with the communist government and will result in them being shut down by authorities.
The report by International Christian Concern (ICC) reports this campaign is specifically targeting organizations that use the words “China,” “Zhonghua,” or “National” in their names, and those working with legal organizations in an attempt to deceive the government.
This list includes planning events that compete with the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and are considered to be a part of the “illegal organizations”.
Groups that engage in activities advocating health, sinology, or mysticism are included, as well as those congregating for religious reasons.
The report also states that any organizations that continue their activities despite the government revoking their registration are also subject to be being monitored during these repressive actions.
“In the eyes of the Chines government, any religious group that refuses to submit to the CCP, or even charity groups, are seen as ‘illegal organizations,’ for the government is fearful that these civil groups can become a force that overthrows them.”