The ninety-year-old cardinal pleaded not guilty.
Pastor Wang Yi from Early Rain Covenant Church, was sentenced to nine years in jail for “incitement to subvert state power”.
The underground Chinese Catholics continue to face crackdown from Beijing in the past years.
Wang Shungping's lawyer submitted a legal opinion to the procuratorate.
Since the beginning of the 1950s, there has been no official relationship between the Vatican and Beijing.
The group feared retaliation from the Chinese government and stood little chance of having their asylum claims granted.
Xing Hongwei expressed his gratitude to his lawyers for defending him, so he could be released in such a short time.
According to ICC, the Chinese government “is fearful of many things; one thing being people with religious beliefs.”
China's ambassador to France, Lu Shaye, previously stated that Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan was an unnecessary provocation.