Flag of China Rank: 37
Score: 51/100
2013 Rank: 37
Leader: President Xi Jinping
Government: Socialism
Main Religion: Atheism
Population: 1.36 billion (85 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Communist oppression/Organized corruption

Christian Persecution in ChinaThe Communist government continues to keep a close watch on Christian activities. Some churches are state-approved and controlled, some are illegal and the state fights against them, and the majority are not registered, but tolerated.  Unregistered churches are still ‘managed’ according to certain guidelines, which includes reporting activities. The most restricted areas for Christians are in Muslim and Tibetan regions. Christian converts from a Muslim background also have to deal with persecution from their own family and friends, so they hide Bibles and Christian materials.


  • For God’s guidance for Christians ministering, below the radar, to Muslim and Tibetan-background believers
  • That Open Doors materials will strengthen the church in China’s minority groups with training in discipleship and church leadership
  • That the Han Chinese church will play its part in supporting its persecuted family.

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  • Christian Kalafut

    Godbless Chinese Christians, 300 million and growing in the millions every year. There will be a Christian revolt over there at one point.

    • Mac Seigel

      I sincerely hope you are wrong about the Christian revolt. If it were to happen, it would not be something ordained by God.

  • Debbie Chen

    May God richly bless those of you who have been and will be persecuted for faith in the salvation through Jesus Christ. We have you in prayer from Aliso Viejo, California. We are actively praying for your safety and for the spread of God’s word. May faith abound among you and your people.

  • Victoria WAGNER

    The Lord is China’s God, He made it, land and people, ALL of it! He is able to redeem it all at any point as well. Let us continue to lift China and North Korea in prayer before the King of Kings, never forgetting that God loves all peoples, made in His Likeness. Praise the Lord! Glory to Him as to the Salvation of the whole of Asia!

  • Gideon Thompson

    God is in control. No one can control his Children. Onece I heard a testamony from a Chinese friend that if Church got some check by the rulers to the children then they stopped teaching but continued after the inspector left. This is in a three self Church in a big town

  • Gail Rowan

    Pray for Junli, our Chinese home stay Eli student. She lived in the USA with our family for 6 months. she attended church and was seeking Jesus. She asked me to find Christians in her Chinese hometown so that she could attend Bible study in China. I found no one. Pray that God will lead her to faith from reading the Bible that we prayed passed through customs. God is working in her heart. She is married and has a daughter.

    • C. Gabriel Ramirez

      I will

      • Gail Rowan

        Thankyou, C. Gabriel

  • Caleb

    China is grossly misrepresented here. What does Muslim and Tibetan regions mean? You realize one is a religion and one is a territory, right? From my experience in China, owning a bible and identifying with Christianity was completely legal. This is westerncentricism at it’s finest.

  • John Moos

    I lived in several cities in China for years. I attended church regularly. As long as you don’t try to promote it, you are O.K. I was instructed as a professor that I could answer if asked but I was not to bring up the subject. The Chinese people seem to have a hunger for Christianity. It is in part the old tell me I can’t do something and then I must do it.

  • LukeQ

    I really think it depends on the region of China. The handful Catholic Churches I visit in Southeast China where it’s more open than the rest of the country, the bishops said while they don’t have absolute freedom (they have to follow certain guidelines as mentioned above), they are not really restricted as well. A few churches themselves are even listed as cultural protection sites.

    • JohnLou

      Oh, Lord Jesus Christ ,thanks for your grace to our Chinese, Your kingdom come and your will be done on China as it is in Heaven, In Nanjing city,where i lives will have a Youth Omlypic Games from June 16 to 28th.May God help all Christians use this this opportunity to preach Gospel to all nations. Please pray for me and all house-churches and goverment churches in Nanjing to evangilze the city during this occasion. As a brother in the Lord Jesus Kingdom, i plea that your prayers support to win this spiritual battle for God. Glory to Father in Heaven and our Lord Jesus Christ, In Jesus Holy Name, Amen!

      • JohnLou

        Sorry,wrong typed the time:I shoud be: The second Summer Youth Omlypic Games from August 16 to Aug.28thYouth Omlypic Games from June 16 to 28th,2014..

  • Leigh Cochran

    Dear Heavenly Father,
    I praise You for the faithful millions in China. I praise You for their willingness in the face of evil and persecution to minister in Your name to those who are dying and going to hell. I pray Lord that You would send workers to help the pastors of China. I know they must be overwhelmed at times, but there is nothing too big for You. Meet all needs according to Your will, Father. In Jesus Name, Amen

  • preeti

    Praying for China and the people of this land! My brother and sisters in the faith, you are not alone… Our Lord Jesus is with you and your great reward!

    Love from India!

  • Edith Kurie

    Almighty Father God I pray Your oversight and protection for Pastor Askar and his congregation doing such good works in Your holy name. I pray You will send a helper to Pastor Askar that Your work through him will strengthen the name of Jesus and bring many to know and love Jesus, in His Holy name, amen.

  • Amy

    Lord, I come this morning to join my prayers with believers all over the world for the nation of China. I pray firstly for Pastor Askar and the Uyghur people. I ask in Jesus’ name that You would continue to speak to the Uyghur people through dreams, evangelists, etc so that they might come to know You. I ask that You would continue to protect and lead and guide Pastor Askar so that he would know when to be bold and when to be wise and stay hidden. I pray that You would continue to teach him through Your Word even if he can’t get access to a lot of teaching and material. I ask that You would please lessen the persecution against the Uyghur people and that You would strengthen all of them.
    I also pray specifically for all those who are witnessing to and ministering to Mslm and Tibetan-background-believers. I pray that they would always, according to the promise in Your Word, know what to say when they stand before others who are potentially hostile to them and to Your gospel. I ask that You would lead them to specific people that You have chosen to come into Your kingdom so that they might hear the good news and respond. I ask that they would not able to give up when it gets difficult and that You would give them the strength to continue to persevere despite the hardships and difficulties. Help them to have every answer that they need in order to address the concerns of the Mslms/Tibetans if they are truly seeking.
    I pray also for the Open Doors materials that are in China right now, and I specifically pray that those materials would be able to be used to teach and strengthen and encourage the Uyghur people and all other minority people groups and all those who are serving You in China. I ask that they would be used to grow the faith of believers, to increase their boldness, to increase their faith, and to make them more effective for you. I pray especially for children in China and ask that they would be able to learn about You and receive You as their Savior at the youngest possible age. I ask that You would guard their hearts against any type of false teaching or false religions.
    Finally, I pray for a revival among the Han Christians that would include allowing them to play a greater role in evangelizing the less-reached people groups in China. I pray that You would raise up “missionaries” from within China and send them to these groups so that they are encouraging and strengthening their own people. I pray that they would be prompted by Your Spirit to play a greater role in ministering to their own people in Jesus’ name. Amen.