The Beginnings of Anti-Christian Activity in China
The Chinese were not particularly receptive to the spread of Protestantism. In 1913, the president of China asked the Protestant missionaries to pray for him and his government on April 27th, demonstrating a positive connection between China and US Protestants. Between 1913 and 1925, anti-Christian activity had grown significantly. Christian churches were often targeted for looting and boarding the National Revolutionary Army, namely by Communists of the Guomindang (the Chinese Nationalist Party). Often times, Christians were subject to threats and punishment during pro-Nationalist demonstrations. The Chinese people were very sensitive to the condition of their nation given their past struggles with warlords and the embarrassments incurred at the hands of imperial powers, and many were unhappy with the present of missionaries in their country.