§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Chinese authorities regarding the raid on the home and subsequent detention of Pastor Xiangao of Canton;
(2) what representations he has made to the Chinese authorities regarding the persecution of the Church there; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maude
Our inquiries indicate that Pastor Lin Xiangao has by now been released. We and our EC partners have again recently expressed our concern to the Chinese Government about freedom of religion and the treatment of the Church in China, and specifically about the arrest of certain Catholic priests last year.