New regulations came into effect on 1 February that will further restrict religious practice in China.
On 30 December, Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu was sentenced to nine years in prison.
On 26 December, the long-awaited trial of Wang Yi, pastor of Early Rain Covenant Church, was held in secret in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.
Monday 9 December marked the first anniversary of the raid on Early Rain Covenant Church, following which Pastor Wang Yi and over 150 church members were detained.
On 29 November, elder Qin Defu of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan province was sentenced to four years in prison.
At the United Nations in New York, Ireland and 22 other countries at the United Nations expressed concern about religious freedom in China.
Gou Zhongcan of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan province, has been released after seven months’ imprisonment.
On 18 October, police in Funan, Anhui Province, destroyed a large Protestant church building and detained its pastors.
Six Uighur Christians have been imprisoned in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Dr Bob Fu told Church in Chains’ conference that President Xi Jinping has launched three wars against religious freedom.