China Locks Down 13 Million in Xi’an, Key Ancient Christian Site

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Assessment: The Xi’an Stele “serves as a concrete proof to China’s earliest celebrations of Christmas, during which it says the emperor of the time held special rituals and shared the delicious food to people who believed in Christianity …

Chinese Communist Party officials locked down the entire city of Xi’an on Thursday after reportedly just 143 of the community’s 13 million residents tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus over the past two weeks, China’s official state-run press agency, Xinhua, reported.

Xi’an’s government announced a citywide stay-at-home order on the afternoon of December 22 that went into effect for an indefinite amount of time on December 23. The city will allow “one family member to do grocery runs every two days” during the lockdown period, according to the Wall Street Journal.

FILE - April 7, 2020, file photo: Workers in protective overalls walk past the Hankou railway station on the eve of its resuming outbound traffic in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. One year after Wuhan’s lockdown to curb the coronavirus, the Chinese city has long since sprung back to …

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10 

Xi’an municipal officials “urged residents not to leave town unless they are tested for Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] and have clearance from employers or community-level authorities,” the newspaper reported Wednesday.

“All indoor dining and outdoor gatherings, such as group dancing in public spaces, have been suspended,” the Journal added.

Communist officials ordered Xi’an — a city known for its pre-modern Christian heritage — into lockdown just two days before Christmas. While Xi’an’s modern-day population counts Christians as a minority, the historic metropolis attracted the first recorded Christian missionary to China in the 7th century due to its location along the ancient Silk Road uniting Eastern and Western merchants.

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