“ChinaAid, a Texas-based Christian non-profit organization that monitors religious freedom in China, said in its 2012 annual report on Monday that the Chinese government continues its uptick of persecution against Christians in the country for the seventh consecutive year. The report examines 132 persecution cases involving 4,919 people, finding that persecution incidences rose 41.9 percent from 2011. Additionally, the number of people sentenced in cases relating to religious persecution jumped 125 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the group's finding.
‘If the Chinese government had its druthers, religion would not be practiced at all within its borders,’ the organization stated on its website in response to the results of its 2012 persecution report. ‘Beijing fears a higher authority, and it's also horrified by any group that is able to organize, particularly around an ideology or belief,’ it added. ... According to the ChinaAid report, methods for suppressing Christianity in China include ‘forcibly banning and sealing up churches, pressuring churches to join the official Three-Self church system, detaining church leaders and sending them to labor camps on the pretext of “suspicion of organizing and using a cult to undermine law enforcement,” and strictly restricting the spread of the Christian faith among students.’”
(“Christian Persecution,” Christian Post, Feb. 6, 2013)