China's Christians fear new persecution after latest wave of church demolitions | World news | The Guardian
And it's trying to control the Catholics. From WaPo:
Even those most optimistic, however, acknowledge that any rapprochement [between the Chinese government and the Catholic Church] would take much time and require a breakthrough on the conflict at the heart of the rift: which side has final say over who gets ordained in China.
The Vatican maintains that the pope has sole authority in appointing bishops. China’s atheistic Communist Party — long distrustful of what it considers foreign religions — insists that only China should select its church leaders.
The fight between two of the world’s most hierarchical and authority-driven powers has become so fraught that Chinese authorities have in some cases resorted to kidnapping bishops approved by Rome, according to the Vatican, and pressured them into laying their hands upon government-chosen bishops at their ordinations — a move meant to lend such ceremonies legitimacy despite Vatican opposition. For China
Pope Francis denies Dalai Lama an audience because of China concerns | World news | The Guardian
I remember the old expression "when in Rome, do as the Romans do." I firmly believe that, if you decide to live in a country other than your native country, you should integrate yourself with the culture. In the case of muslims, the issue is more than just a matter cultural integration. It is also an issue of security. It makes sense to me that a country would pass laws designed to make life a little uncomfortable for those that refuse to integrate in the hopes of motivating them to go home. Personally, I would deport every resident from a muslim country that is not a citizen. That is obviously too extreme for almost everybody but it would certainly help with security. WE would only have to deal with the home grown terrorists. What China did is not as effective as that but is likely more acceptable. Integrate or leave. It actually makes sense to me.
Is it your understanding that these graduate women chose to worship in burkas over those intervening years? That there was no religious pressure applied at all?