This escalated again last night with thousands of Christians protesting the continued attacks on the Church’s and Cross’s being removed. The protests became violent with police and communist China “blacked out” all media and broadcasting.
The cross removals and demolitions reflect the occasional flexing of political muscle by authorities to show who’s in control, he said.
In a recent interview with the paper, Fenggang Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, said the number of Chinese Protestants could swell to around 160 million by 2025 with the total number of Christians exceeding 247 million by 2030.
That would see China move ahead of Mexico, Brazil and the United States as the world’s biggest Christian community.
However, the prediction appears to have gone down badly in Communist Party circles, with many senior leaders fearing the impact an increasingly powerful church could have on their ability to stay in power.
Ye Xiaowen, who is a member of the party’s powerful central committee, told state media such claims were “unscientific” and “obviously inflated”.