China has planned a number of new restrictions on religious activity. The Communist government’s rising red tape includes prohibitions on online religious services, religious events in schools, and organizing people to leave the country to attend religious training or conferences. In addition, religious groups will no longer be allowed to make certain financial investments; foreign donations will be more tightly monitored; and churches operating unofficially could be charged with financial fraud and evading taxes. The rules are part of revisions to China’s 2005 Regulations on Religious Affairs. The stricter regulations open with the assurance that all Chinese citizens are free to believe whatever they want and to engage in religious activity — as long as it’s within the tighter limits.
(Christianity Today, November 2016)