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Christians in China need qualified clergy who can contribute to the development of society, China's Minister of State Administration for Religious Affairs says.
The detention of China’s most famous critic, Ai Weiwei, is part of a widening crackdown on dissent and detentions, says Amnesty International.
The Chinese authorities should immediately release prominent pro-democracy activist Liu Xianbin, human rights agency Amnesty International says.
Unity among Chinese Protestants is important in the rapid growth of the church, the head of the China Christian Council has said on a European visit.
China is being called on to release a woman sentenced to a year in a labour camp for retweeting a supposedly anti-Japanese message.
Changes in Chinese Christianity may make the officially-sanctioned China Christian Council less important, says the head of the Church of Sweden.
The recently appointed UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has spoken out over the Chinese government's treatment of religious minorities.
Hong Kong Christians have backed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, honoured for a "long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China".
Human rights groups are pressing China for the release of both Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife, who has been put under house arrest.
The Dalai Lama says he had mixed emotions when he turned 75 this week, because of the continuing plight of people in his homeland, Tibet.