China Sentences Christian Leader To 9 Years In Prison

Wang Yi (second from right) and other human rights activists from China meet with former President George W. Bush at the White House in 2006. Wang Yi was arrested in December 2018 by Chinese authorities and now has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Wang Yi, a leader in one of the most well-known Christian congregations in China, has been quietly sentenced to nine years in prison, according to a statement on the website of the Intermediate People's Court of Chengdu Municipality.

The sentencing is the latest incident in an ongoing crackdown on organized religion in China. Early Rain Covenant Church, which Wang founded in 2008, attracted about 500 followers and was considered one of the most influential "underground churches" in China, operating independently of the state.

Wang was charged with "subverting state power." He, his wife, Jiang Rong, and about 100 congregants were detained last December after police raided the church during a Sunday evening service. Authorities said the church violated religious regulations because it was not registered with the government.

Another prominent Protestant congregation with nearly 1,500 followers, Zion Church in Beijing, was raided and shut down last September.

Most of Early Rain's congregants were eventually released after a period of days or months. Several congregants have since escaped to Taiwan and are applying for asylum in the U.S.


  • Thank you for this information! I hope our Pacific leaders can help their fellow Christians.
  • Socialism at its best. No freedom of speech no right to have self protection, can't have private properties and most importantly no religion of any kind except state religion or socialism. The same things those damn Democrats are doing enforce in America.

    This is socialism.
  • China is a one-party Communist country. It is not a socialist democracy .

    Educate yourself. Your ignorance is embarrassing.
  • Socialism was founded by Karl Marx, who inspired the Nazi party, and Vladimir Lenin who transformed the Soviet Union into a communist state.

  • You are correct about Vladimir Lenin, z.

    You are wrong about Karl Marx. He had no connection whatever to fascism.

    In fact, Marx was a Jew. If he had been alive during Hitler's Nazi Germany, he would have been arrested and sent to die in a concentration camp.

    The philosopher Karl Marx (May 1818 – 14 March 1883) explored the possibility of Russia's bypassing the capitalist stage of development and building communism on the basis of the common ownership of land.

  • First of all Karl Marx is German, not Russian. The National Socialist German Worker Party, aka Nazi Party, was a socialist party in Germany.
  • Who said he was Russian? Not me.

    If you want to debate facts, don't make things up.

    Instead, do some reading. You can start here:

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