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The pastor at the Early Rain Covenant Church drafted the letter over time, asking that it be made public two days after his arrest. In it, he expresses his “disgust” for Communist persecution of Christians, but says he is not interested in changing the country’s social system. His goal is to bear witness through non-violence and slam violations of religious freedom. God will bring down the communist regime. The Church has existed for thousands of years, but no political power has lasted thousands of years.

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One faithful arrested this morning. The Early Rain Covenant Church, led by Pastor Wang Yi, counts 500 faithful and 300 sympathizers. Despite being an underground church, members evangelize in the streets, have a seminary and a primary school. Wang Yi had criticized the "cult" of Xi Jinping and the new regulations on religious activities. "The persecution is a fair price to pay for the Lord".

| 11/12/2018
| CHINA

The US and the UK are concerned over ties between the two companies and China’s intelligence services. Beijing slams Canada for Sabrina Meng Wangzhou's arrest and criticises the "inhumane" conditions in which she is being held.

| 10/12/2018
| JAPAN – CHINA
by Liao Yiwu

The writer and dissident exiled in Germany was tortured to the limits of endurance and attempted suicide twice. When the bottom is touched, there is no fear of denouncing and "fighting for the freedom of others with all our heart". The control of the communist dictatorship through the internet; the use of anti-terrorist propaganda to brainwash millions of Uyghurs. "I refuse to use smartphones made in China".

| 10/12/2018
| CHINA

State-owned Global Times writes that "Washington is resorting to a despicable rogue’s approach as it cannot stop Huawei’s 5G advance in the market.” Chinese media, whilst attacking Washington, do not seem to believe that the fragile truce in in the trade war reached in the recent meeting between Trump and Xi Jinping will be affected.

| 07/12/2018
| CHINA – UNITED STATES
by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

The Chinese president faces "the opposition of regional administrators": serious unemployment problems could result in street protests. The favoritism and "purges" that Xi operated in the Armed Forces are a cause of resentment among army officers. Intellectuals irritated by the "fierce control" on freedom of expression. Economic alarms undermine Xi's popularity among the Chinese bourgeoisie.

| 07/12/2018
| CHINA
by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

For Deng Puffang, Deng Xiaoping’s eldest son, some cadres want “to go back to the ancien regime.” The two sons of Hu Yaobang, one of the Party’s liberal icons, “seem frustrated by President Xi’s anti-reform proclivities.”

| 06/12/2018
| CHINA

Despite international sanctions, the exchange of goods on the border between the two nations is once again flourishing. Mainly steel and rare minerals fundamental for the development of the hi-tech industry in China.

| 05/12/2018
| NORTH KOREA - CHINA

In a pastoral letter, Mgr Joseph Gan Jun-qiu writes that "we are called to reflect upon ourselves, meditate and renew our lives, to welcome the incarnation of the Messiah into our hearts". "The three key words for each family” are “'Excuse me', 'Please' 'Thank you!'"

| 04/12/2018
| CHINA

The two administrations signed a cooperation agreement. Activists fear a repeat of Beijing’s scorched earth" policy against Uyghurs. Last August, Hui Muslims opposed the demolition of the Weizhou Grand Mosque.

| 04/12/2018
| CHINA
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