Persecution
Zhongming Jiang

My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience

Persecution | An open letter from detained Chinese pastor Wang Yi
by Wang Yi
Posted 12/14/18, 11:05 am

Beginning on Sunday, Dec. 9, the Chinese government cracked down on Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, detaining more than 100 church leaders and members. Pastor Wang Yi and his wife have been charged with incitement to subvert state power, which could result in five to 15 years in prison.

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State of surveillance

China | The growth of surveillance technology is enabling the Chinese government’s rapid transformation into Big Brother
by June Cheng
Posted 12/13/18, 05:01 pm

At a music concert in China’s Jiangxi province last April, Chinese officials located and arrested a man wanted for “economic crimes.” Surveillance cameras with facial recognition technology had scanned the faces of 60,000 concertgoers and pinpointed the suspect.

In Hangzhou, a school installed cameras inside its classrooms to record students’ facial expressions during class. The cameras monitored who was paying attention, who walked into class late, and what the teacher was teaching.

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Zhongming Jiang

‘Faithful disobedience’

Persecution | An influential house church in China responds to a wave of police detentions
by June Cheng
Posted 12/13/18, 03:14 pm

On the evening of Dec. 11, 48 hours after police detained Pastor Wang Yi, Early Rain Covenant Church released a statement Wang had prepared beforehand should such an event occur. Entitled “My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience,” Wang noted that his goal was not to change China’s political system but to obey God’s call as a minister of the Word of God.

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