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China: trouble for pastors

In January, Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, was formally arrested, while, in an unrelated development, Senior Pastor Gu Yuese was dismissed from his post in Chongyi Church in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

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Pastor Yang Hua, also known as Li Guozhi, was formally arrested on 22 January on suspicion of ‘divulging state secrets’. In 2015, Yang had been placed in administrative detention for ‘obstructing justice’ and ‘gathering a crowd to disturb social order’.