June Cheng

June is the East Asia correspondent for WORLD Magazine. Follow June on Twitter @JuneCheng_World.

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Persecuting the province

Persecution | Government officials target Christian churches in China’s Henan region
by June Cheng
Posted 4/25/18, 06:48 pm

Since the Chinese government implemented strict new religious regulations in February, churches in Henan province in central China have felt the brunt of a crackdown: In the past few months, authorities have closed house churches, demolished crosses, banned minors from attending church, and forced believers to take down Christian decorations from their homes.

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Lights, camera, propaganda

Persecution | A recent report shows the Chinese government’s use of forced confessions
by June Cheng
Posted 4/18/18, 04:56 pm

The first time the world saw human rights lawyer Wang Yu after her June 2015 arrest was on television four months later, when she strongly condemned her teenage son’s attempt to flee from China into Burma. “This kind of action is very risky and is illegal,” she said in a monotone voice.

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Scriptures out of stock

China | Bible sales restrictions at online retailers in China are part of the Communist government’s effort to control religion
by June Cheng
Posted 4/12/18, 03:00 pm

A search on China’s online retail giant Taobao can help you find items you didn’t think you needed. You can find a snack bowl with grooves to hold your iPhone, a rain poncho that covers two people and a scooter, or a laser-beam taillight for your bike that projects emojis onto the road.

One thing you can no longer find on Taobao: the Bible, the holy Word of God.

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