Church demolitions and related incidents in Zhejiang Province, China: Timeline of Events

This timeline shows the development of events involving churches and church-run buildings in Zhejiang Province, China, 2014-2015. CSW has collated over 700 reports in total of whole or partial demolition of a church or church-run building; notice of demolition; forced removal, demolition, modification or covering of a cross; related injury, and detention, arrest or summons in connection with demolitions in Zhejiang Province. Incidents with specific dates and locations, over 500, are included on the timeline. In addition, the timeline includes notices and statements by the authorities and actions by Christians in response to the events.

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2012-11-15 00:00:00

Xi Jinping becomes Gen. Secretary of CPC Central Committee

Xi Jinping takes office as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, replacing Hu Jintao. Li Keqiang succeeds Premier Wen Jiabao.

2013-03-01 00:00:00

Launch of “Three Rectifications and One Demolition” in Zhejiang

Zhejiang provincial government launches a three-year (2013–2015) “Three Rectifications and One Demolition” campaign to address “illegal structures.” As part of this campaign, Zhejiang authorities target religious sites, particularly Christian church buildings, throughout the province.

2013-07-01 00:00:00

ZJ official warns of "underground" communities' influence

Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the CPC Xia Baolong warns against the influence of the "underground" communities.

2013-10-01 00:00:00

Zhejiang Party Secretary Xia objects to visibility of crosses.

Visit by Xia Baolong, the Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the CPC. Xia reportedly ordered one church to remove its cross because it was "so high" and "not appropriate".

2014-01-01 00:00:00

Authorities instruct Hangzhou church to remove cross

Liangzhu town government instructs Gou Village Church of Liangzhu town, Yuhang District in Hangzhou (capital of Zhejiang) to remove its cross.

2014-01-08 00:00:00

Zhejiang Party Secretary Xia inspects Zhoushan City

Inspection of Zhoushan City, Zhejiang, by Xia Baolong, the Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the CPC: Christians in Zhoushan report that Xia criticised one church's cross for being “too conspicuous" and demanded that the local Religious Affairs Bureau have the cross removed.

2014-02-17 00:00:00

Party Sec Xia talks of "infiltration" of Christian communities by West

In an interview with Xinhua, Provincial Secretary Xia Baolong claims "hostile forces of the West" have infiltrated Christian communities.

2014-02-27 00:00:00

Cross removed from Huanghu Christian Church in Hangzhou

Huanghu Christian Church in Huanghu town, Yuhang District, Hangzhou, cross forcibly removed.

2014-02-27 00:00:00

Baiquan Church in Zhoushan receives order to remove cross

Baiquan Church in Dinghai District, Zhoushan, receives a notice from the local government demanding the church to remove its cross between 28 February and 1 March 2014.

2014-04-03 00:00:00

Sanjiang Church receives demolition notice

Sanjiang Church receives demolition notice: see later items on Sanjiang throughout April.

Church demolitions and related incidents in Zhejiang Province, China: Timeline of Events

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