One feature of the communist revolution in China was the persecution of religious people. Religion was seen as a threat since religious ideology often contradicted the agenda and ideals of the Communist Party. Atheism was strongly promoted by the regime.
Even today, Chinese laws dictate that religious officials must be government approved. Consequently, religion in China is a complicated and sometimes corrupt affair. The Chinese Communist Party strictly prohibits the import of religious articles into China. Religious leaders are reported to have been beaten and maltreated by the authorities.