Over the past year, the Chinese government has ramped up its campaign to “sinicize religion,” — to make it more compatible with both traditional and modern socialist values. In reality, it is a move to re-establish Party-state control over the religious sector, Christianity included.
Last month I had the opportunity to co-author an article at Christianity Today, on the topic titled China Tells Christianity to be More Chinese. In it, we highlighted the political, rhetorical, and historical contexts of this current political campaign:
The Political Context
“The current campaign to sinicize religion originated in a speech by Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the National Religious Work Conference in April 2016. According to The Diplomat, Xi stated that in order to “actively guide the adaptation of religions to socialist society, an important task is supporting China’s religions’ persistence in the direction of sinicization.”