Chinese puzzle Officially, the Chinese Government recognises five religions: Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism, and each has a state-sponsored religious body. Protestants are supposed to worship under the auspices of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement — standing, ironically, for self-governing, self-teaching and self-supporting. However, a large proportion of Protestant Christians worship in unofficial or illegal congregations which gather covertly throughout the country outside government control. They constitute the House-Church Movement or Underground Church and argue that the Government should not dictate where and how they should worship. For many years this newspaper has carried reports of the persecution meted out to...