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CHINA: “President For Life” Worries Catholics

Chinese Catholics expect religious oppression to worsen after the passing of a bill by the National People’s Congress last March that removes the two-term limit for China’s head of state.

President Xi Jinping’s first five-year term has been marked by his aggressive actions against critics and religious groups. Father John of northeastern China told ucanews.com that “Xi is following Mao’s leftist line, which is hostile to religions, especially ‘Western’ religions.”

A northeastern Catholic who asked to be named as Paul told ucanews.com that scrapping the term limit means that Xi may be re-elected for more than two terms.

Father David of an open church group in Sichuan province told ucanews.com that he predicts Xi to become “a second Putin” but he was not worried that religions will be annihilated in China, even though rules will be tightened. 


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