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Scriptures out of stock

China | Bible sales restrictions at online retailers in China are part of the Communist government’s effort to control religion
by June Cheng
Posted 4/12/18, 03:00 pm

A search on China’s online retail giant Taobao can help you find items you didn’t think you needed. You can find a snack bowl with grooves to hold your iPhone, a rain poncho that covers two people and a scooter, or a laser-beam taillight for your bike that projects emojis onto the road.

One thing you can no longer find on Taobao: the Bible, the holy Word of God.

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China makes ‘major change’ in religious freedom oversight

International | Government transfers control of the Religious Affairs Bureau to the Communist Party
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/23/18, 12:09 pm

CHINA: As part of far-reaching “reforms” under President Xi Jinping, China has transferred direct control of the Religious Affairs Bureau from the Council of State to the Communist Party Central Committee. Hong Kong commentator Ying Fuk-tsang called it a “major change”:

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China scraps presidential term limit

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/12/18, 11:54 am

The Chinese parliament on Sunday voted to scrap presidential term limits in a historic amendment that will allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely. The nearly 3,000-member National People’s Congress approved the amendment with only two opposing votes, three abstentions, and one invalidated vote. The amendment also incorporated Xi’s name and ideology into the country’s constitution.

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