In February, Pastor Bao Guohua and his wife, Xing Wenxiang, were sentenced in Zhejiang Province to 14 and 12 years in prison, respectively, for leading a Christian congregation that was opposing a government campaign to remove crosses from the top of churches.
Last year authorities in Zhejiang Province sent out draft regulations governing the colour, size and location of religious signs, symbols, and structures following years of attempting to remove church crosses in the region.
It is thought at least 1,500 crosses were removed from the area with protesters arrested and government-approved churches raising concerns.
And as the Chinese Communist Party continues to assert its dominance, fears grow for a Vatican-appointed bishop arrested for failing to be approved by the state.
Bishop Peter Shao Zhu Min was detained by officials who reportedly took him “on a trip” sparking concern he has been transported to a labour camp.