By some estimates, China’s 97 million Christians outnumber the membership of the Communist Party. Pictured here is a service at Early Rain Convenant Church in Chengdu. Photo: Facebook

Asia is ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’ with situation in China worst since Cultural Revolution, report claims

  • Nearly 140 million Christians suffered high levels of hostility in Asia last year, a region the report describes as ‘the new hotbed of persecution’
  • Experts say China seems to be forcing Christians into ‘the North Korean model – weak, small and invisible in the deep underground’
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By some estimates, China’s 97 million Christians outnumber the membership of the Communist Party. Pictured here is a service at Early Rain Convenant Church in Chengdu. Photo: Facebook
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Charles McDermid

Charles McDermid

Charles McDermid joined the South China Morning Post as Asia Correspondent in 2018. He has worked for the New York Times, Al Jazeera and the Institute of War and Peace Reporting.