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China Aims to Break Foreign Influence on Religion

Chinese President Xi Jinping this week asked religious groups to pledge their loyalty to the state and warned that religions in China must be independent of foreign influence. At a time when China’s Christians now outnumber the membership of the Communist Party, some say there is an intensifying crackdown on religious groups.   China’s Communist Party is officially atheist and has long seen religion as a threat to its rule.   Chinese citizens are barred from attending religious...

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