Beijing Briefing is our weekly round up of China news and analysis

In China, a church-state showdown of biblical proportions

Christianity is booming in China, propelling it toward becoming the world’s largest Christian nation. But as religion grows, it spurs a government crackdown. Robert Marquand, Christian Science Monitor HANGZHOU, CHINA — There’s nothing secret about Chongyi Church, one of the largest in China. Its lighted steeple and giant cross penetrate the night sky of Hangzhou,

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China’s Proposed New Silk Road Free Trade Area

Chris Devonshire-Ellis Dezan Shira & Associates   Chinese President Xi Jinping has been busy in Central Asia, touring the region last year and including visits to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. He also proposed, in cooperation with leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the establishment of a new Silk Road that would encompass free

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