China begins tearing down approved churches

by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 4/29/14, 10:00 am

The Chinese government began demolishing parts of Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou on Monday, breaking a previously made agreement that would have left the 160-foot-tall church largely untouched. In the past week, officials detained several church members and monitored the electronic communications of others, according to Texas-based ChinaAid.

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Globe Trot: The president 'pivots' to Asia

by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/23/14, 01:14 pm

JAPAN: President Barack Obama has ‘pivoted’ to Asia and begun a trip delayed 7 months after the government shutdown. The president will visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines, where protesters already are primed for him.

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Chinese Christians form human shield to protect church

by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 4/22/14, 09:35 am

In Wenzhou, a Chinese port city nicknamed “Jerusalem of the East,” thousands of Chinese Christians stood guard around the government-sanctioned Sanjiang Church in early April after government officials marked it for demolition. Parishioners prepared to rally again this week after government officials reneged on a deal with church leaders to leave the building mostly intact.

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