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39 – China


Region East and Southeast Asia
Leader President Xi Jinping
Population 1 388 233 000
Christian 7%
Main Religion Atheism/Traditional Chinese Beliefs
Government Communist State
Rank 39
Score 57
Previous Rank 33
Previous Score 57

A considerable part of persecution targets the small converted minorities among the Tibetans and the Muslim Uyghurs, but Christians among the main Han majority face increasing restrictions too. The campaign of breaking down crosses in the province of Zhejiang has ended, but church meetings continued to be disrupted in several provinces. The new NGO law and the new draft regulations on religion are signs of tightening control on Christians in particular. As Christians are the largest social force in China not controlled by the Communist Party, there are increasing efforts to bring them under state control.

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