Category Archives: Religion

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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Pope Francis visits ‘new frontier’

Michael Sainsbury Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, this week hopes to put his stamp on Asia. The pope’s six-day trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines aims to convey the church’s message to billions of potential converts. Asia today is home to 140 million Catholics. There are an estimated 73

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China loses grip on Indian Ocean as economy continues to sink

Michael Sainsbury Within the high walls of Zhongnanhai, the sprawling Chinese Communist Party leadership compound in central Beijing, there would have been conniptions after Maithripala Sirisena ran over the top of incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in last Thursday’s Sri Lankan presidential elections. Democracy had punched a hole in the CCP’s Indian Ocean strategy, commonly known as

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Xinjiang in radical Islam’s crosshairs

The Chinese Communist Party policy towards minorities, particularly Tibetans and Uyghurs, has clearly failed. Self-immolation by Tibetans – since February 2009 133 men and women have made the ultimate political protest – and increasingly frequent attacks by Uyghurs such as the Urumqi market bombing and the Kunming train station knife massacre as well as the dud car bomb in

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China’s ABC bullying part of a long game

Michael Sainsbury Only two weeks ago the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China in Beijing issued its strongest ever report condemning deteriorating conditions in China for foreign journalists, and now the Australian government is being tested by Beijing in an unprecedented manner. Its considered response, beyond the initial incident, will be telling. China’s ruling Communist Party

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