Insider information disputes Chengdu Jintang Prison’s claim: “Wang Yi is doing very well…”

Pastor Wang Yi , prior to his imprisonment, with his wife Jiang Rong.
(Photo: ChinaAid resource)
(Chengdu, Sichuan Province—July 01, 2021) Recent insider information disputes Chengdu Jintang Prison officials’ claim: “Wang Yi is doing very well …, (that he) reads every day, works out, and does physical exercises.” ChinaAid resources, including one individual who closely tracks Wang Yi’s prison situation, reveals reasons that indicate Pastor Wang’s life in prison dramatically differs from the prison’s description.
Insider information from various sources indicate the possibility of prison authorities holding Pastor Wang in “closed” imprisonment. In this scenario:
  • Authorities do not allow Pastor Wang to meet or speak with any other inmates other than two criminal offenders. Under the surveillance of these two criminal prisoners, Pastor Wang eats, rests, and sleeps in the same cell with them. Guards refer to them as the “three persons mutual supervision group.”

  • Pastor Wang consumes “decayed grains” (moldy rice potentially 10-years old) every day. The “decayed grains” have either declined immensely in quality or have spoiled. They may also contain aflatoxin or fungi, increasing the risk of a cancer that accompanies long-term consumption.


  • Prison hospital medical staff, not officially qualified to dispense medications nor practice medicine, routinely give inmates “buyback” prescriptions from a major hospital in the provincial capital. These inferior quality, expired drugs have reportedly been eliminated from use. Therefore, “offenders” without qualifications practice medicine.

As Chinese Communists Party (CCP) authorities have reportedly subjected Pastor Wang to various types of abuse such as “closed” confinement and other cruel tactics, they continue to harass his parents, his wife Jiang Rong, their son Wang Shuya outside prison. While Pastor Wang serves his nine-years sentence at Chengdu Jintang Prison, CCP authorities have stripped the fundamental rights of Ms. Jiang Rong, their son, and his parents, rights reportedly guaranteed by Chinese law. Prison officials prohibit family members from visiting Pastor Wang. Chengdu State Security forces, and also limit information they relate to his family.

Imprisoned Pastor Wang Yi sitting in “tiger chair.”
(Photo: ChinaAid resource)

According to Jintang prison regulations, when authorities initially imprison inmates at this location from the detention house,* they send them to join a group of new inmates, known as the cell block’s training team. ChinaAid’s informant, however, confirmed that prison officials failed to send Pastor Wang to this “training team.” Other inmates in the prison’s cafeteria and cell blocks reported that they have also not met or even heard of anyone Pastor Wang Yi.

Pastor Wang Yi (second from right) outside of White House on a trip to Washington, D.C., in 2006.
(Photo: ChinaAid resource)

The Chengdu National Security police officers have used various methods to insult, threaten, intimidate, and harass Pastor Wang’s family, as well as Christians in Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC). They have restricted his wife’s liberty and used his treatment in prison as leverage to keep her from contacting other ERCC members. As police have installed 360-degree cameras in the room Ms. Jiang stays in and in her bathroom, they have invaded and completely control her privacy.

Chengdu National Security police officers also arbitrarily raided the residence of Pastor Wang’s parents (in their eighties). During the raid, attempting to humiliate them, several police ordered the couple to put their legs together, stand at attention, and maintain an upright position for an extended period. In addition, plain-clothed police continually monitor Pastor Wang’s son, a minor. Officers transport him to and from his school. Due to years of CCP monitoring, stalking, and hostile behaviors, Wang has become withdrawn, uncommunicative, and uncommonly quiet.
~ Gao Zhensai, ChinaAid Special Correspondent

*A detention house, a public security organ temporarily detains criminal suspects (holds defendants suspected of criminal offenses). Courts have not yet issued a judicial decision for these detainees.

Although Pastor Wang’s life in prison dramatically differs from the prison’s description, the following previous ChinaAid post reveal his heart’s firm faith.

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, 
yet not the wisdom of this age,
  nor of the rulers of this age, 
who are coming to nothing.
                                                          ~  1 Corinthians 2:6 (NKJV)
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