The Chinese government has proposed strict new rules to regulate the activities of religious organizations, emphasizing that they must “not be controlled by foreign forces.”
Restrictions in China? Who would have thunk it! Oh yeah, pretty much everybody!
Wouldn’t any belief in a diety of any type be considered ‘foriegn forces’?
No, there are some state-approved churches. Catholic bishops in China are appointed by state officials in many cases, though some bishops are in Church communion: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Patriotic_Catholic_Association