‘China’s Jerusalem’ skirts Sunday school prohibition; When authorities in China outlawed Sunday school earlier this year, Christians…

WENZHOU, China (Reuters) — When authorities in China’s southeastern city of Wenzhou outlawed Sunday school earlier this year, Christian parents determined their children must still learn about Jesus and the Bible.

Churches in Wenzhou started teaching children in private homes or at other venues. Some billed Sunday school classes as daycare, not education, or moved them to Saturdays, more than a dozen local Christians told Reuters.

Wenzhou, sometimes known as “China’s Jerusalem” due to its sizable Christian community, is at the forefront of a growing standoff between China’s leadership and the country’s devout over religious education for children.

The ruling and officially atheist Communist Party has increased efforts to curb the influence of Christianity, tightening restrictions on faith classes and warning against the religion’s “Western” ideas.

But Christians say the resolve of the community in Wenzhou suggests the party will struggle to exert control over the next generation of the country’s 60 million Christians.

WENZHOU, China (Reuters) — When authorities in China’s southeastern city of Wenzhou outlawed Sunday school earlier this year, Christian parents determined their children must still learn about Jesus and the Bible.

Churches in Wenzhou started teaching children in private homes or at other venues. Some billed Sunday school classes as daycare, not education, or moved them to Saturdays, more than a dozen local Christians told Reuters.

Wenzhou, sometimes known as “China’s Jerusalem” due to its sizable Christian community, is at the forefront of a growing standoff between China’s leadership and the country’s devout over religious education for children.

The ruling and officially atheist Communist Party has increased efforts to curb the influence of Christianity, tightening restrictions on faith classes and warning against the religion’s “Western” ideas.

But Christians say the resolve of the community in Wenzhou suggests the party will struggle to exert control over the next generation of the country’s 60 million Christians.

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Chinese Government intrusion into Western universities sparks push for collective action – Australia

The fear of Chinese Government intrusion into Western universities is sparking a push by Australia’s closest allies for a more coordinated response to Beijing’s aggressive tactics.

Key points:

  • Five Eyes partners considering collective response to threat of foreign interference
  • Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warns Australian universities needed to be resilient
  • Australia is taking a leading role in the discussions

Having observed attacks on academic freedoms in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — discussions have begun in diplomatic and security circles about whether the Five Eyes intelligence partners should respond collectively to the threat, so there are no “weak links” which can be exploited.

Read More: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-15/chinese-intrusion-on-western-universities-sparks-action/9048456