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China: Officials double fine for well-known pastor and his wife

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“Fine Doubles For Xunsiding Church Couple,” by Yu Bing, China Aid, June 30, 2023

(Xiamen, Fujian province) On June 28, Chinese officials enforced and doubled the fine for the well-known pastor of Xunsiding Church Yang Xibo, and his wife Wang Xiaofei. They owe a total of 400,000 yuan (~$55,100) for organizing religious activities.

THEIR RESPONSE
The couple posted on their social media that they would not pay the fine. “Thank God for allowing us to have a part in His affliction, and especially thankful that on earth we have no property for the court-enforced implementation, which is definitely a great grace of God.”

ORGANIZING RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES
Pastor Yang Xibo and his wife have attempted every avenue to overturn this fine since 2021. Despite their best attempts, Chinese Communist Party bureaucracies reject every appeal for reconsideration….

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