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The 11 July edition of China Women’s News published the following: At the meeting of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping said that it is necessary to incorporate loyalty to the CCP into the building of family bonds, family love and family values. Loyalty to the CCP, he declared, is the soul and lifeblood of the children. Parents should help their children “button the first button”, “take the first step”, and “sow the seeds of loyalty to the CCP” in the hearts of their children.

Since China launched its new religious regulations in February 2018, minors have been officially prohibited from entering church buildings. Church summer camps and Sunday schools are banned throughout the country. Parents cannot bring even their babies to church. The Education Bureau has issued notices to kindergartens, primary schools, and secondary schools to the effect that students are not allowed to participate in religious activities.

The CCP now sends three-person teams to churches to conduct two surprise inspections each month. If a child is found in the church building, the congregation will be fined 200,000 RMB (nearly $41,900).

While church summer camps are banned, the Communist Party has launched “little reporters” summer camps. At these camps, children not only learn communist ideology but are also trained how and why to spy on their parents, teachers, and friends and report their anti-communist behaviour and attitudes to the government.