AsiaNews: Since 2014, an official campaign carrying out the demolition of crosses on Christian churches has been conducted, primarily in Zhejiang province.
Chinese authorities do not like to see crosses dotting the skyline of their country: the cross is a religious, Christian symbol which they see as contradictory to their atheistic ideology.
And yet, the cross has played a special role in the history of the Church in China. In Beijing, in July 1605, Father Matteo Ricci received a Chinese Jewish visitor from Henan, named Ai Tian (艾田), who informed him about the presence of a Jewish community around a synagogue in Kaifeng, Henan. Read more here.