Religion in the People'S Republic of China

Radicals and religion on a rowdy Sunday

The central government's liaison office had a rowdy Easter Sunday as two of the city's most radical parties and a religious group banned on the mainland rallied outside during the day.

Monday, 25 April, 2011, 12:00am

Fears of more pressure on underground churches

Fears that a crackdown on underground churches is under way have increased, with one of the largest house churches on the mainland soon to be evicted, a Guangzhou house church ordered to stop meeting and another driven out of one of its rented premises.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Review of visa decision sought

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Hu puts an end to the pomp of foreign arrivals

When President Hu Jintao touched down at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland there were no cheering, flag-waving students or rosy-cheeked children clutching bouquets of flowers to be seen.

14 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Six artists in Falun Gong show denied work visas

The Immigration Department is being called upon to explain its last-minute rejection of visa applications for six members of a US-based dance troupe that has been invited by Hong Kong's main Falun Gong group.

23 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Appeal court criticises government secrecy

The Court of Appeal has criticised the government for not disclosing information backing its ban on four Falun Gong practitioners in February 2003.

It said the government had breached its duty of 'full and frank disclosure'.

Despite that, the court was unable to conclude it had acted arbitrarily or without a proper reason.

5 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Falun Gong spreading message on banknotes

The outlawed Falun Gong spiritual group is making itself heard again on the mainland, using a novel method to spread its message and mark the 10th anniversary of its banning.

The group is printing messages on real renminbi banknotes and putting the marked money back into circulation.

4 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Improved Web access still falls shy of pledge

China Central Television reporter Chai Jing was given perhaps the hardest story in Beijing yesterday.

Editors sent Chai and her cameraman to the main Games press centre in the Olympic Village to ask fellow journalists what they thought of the unprecedented internet access - or otherwise - granted to them.

5 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Crackdown by police ahead of party congress

Security to be tightened to guard against threats to nation's stability

Police authorities say they will tighten security ahead of the Communist Party's five-yearly congress next month, citing mass protests, the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, and Tibetan and Uygur separatists as main threats to stability.

7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

State chop required for living Buddha status

As eminent figures in Tibetan Buddhism, living Buddhas may leave clues for people to locate their reincarnations. But from next month, reincarnations will also need a sign from this life - a chop from the government.

4 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Most important document in half a century of dealings

The letter by Pope Benedict to Catholics on the mainland is the most significant papal document concerning them in five decades.

It does not carry as much weight as an encyclical - the most authoritive document a pope can issue, in which his explicit teaching on important matters of the faith can be considered as 'infallible' by the church.

1 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Olympics may be used 'as a pretext' to abuse human rights, warns Amnesty International

The central government's preoccupation with creating a 'harmonious' environment raises fears that the Olympic Games will provide a platform for human rights abuses, according to a report published today by Amnesty International.

30 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Seeking common holy ground

As China's estimated 12 million Catholics quietly await the arrival of Pope Benedict's expected letter on issues affecting the mainland church, the world continues to guess what will be the next turn in the decades-long tortuous efforts to normalise ties between the mainland and the Vatican.

7 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Falun Gong judicial review bid dismissed

Government had legitimate security reasons for refusing entry, judge rules

A group of Falun Gong practitioners refused entry into Hong Kong four years ago were prevented from entering for what appeared to be legitimate security reasons, a court said yesterday.

24 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Judge queries destruction of Falun Gong files

Papers on decision to bar practitioners were shredded within a month, court told

All documents relating to why a group of more than 80 Falun Gong practitioners were prevented from entering Hong Kong four years ago were destroyed within a month of the event, the government admitted yesterday.

9 Mar 2007 - 12:00am