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China to open world’s largest Bible production plant

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“This platform has been built as a blessing to the nation,”

By Michelle Vu

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 China (Christian Today)- China will open the largest Bible production factory in the world early next year, according The Times. Amity Printing , China ’s only authorised Christian publisher, plans to open the new plant on the edge of the eastern city of Nanjing to meet the country’s heavy demands for Bibles.

The new factory will be the world’s single-biggest producer of Bibles with the capacity to print 1 million Bibles a month – increasing the current output by a third. “This platform has been built as a blessing to the nation,” said New Zealander Peter Dean of the United Bible Societies, according to The Times.

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Demand for Bibles is increasing in officially-atheist China and some contend the high demand is tied to the country’s recent economic boom. “Rising wealth means that more and more people have been able to meet their material needs, the need for food and clothing,” said Li Baiguang, a prominent human rights lawyer and Christian activist.

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Many Chinese Christians choose to worship in unregistered churches – an act which is illegal – because they argue that Jesus Christ, and not the government, is the head of the church.

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Chinese Christians have been arrested and imprisoned for printing Bibles and religious literature. Prominent house church pastor Cai Zhuohua was released in September after serving a three-year prison sentence for printing religious materials.

Authorities confiscated more than 200,000 copies of Christian literatures, including Bibles, from his house in 2004. The Chinese court also gave a prison sentence to his wife and his brother for helping Cai print the Christian materials.

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While Cai was freed in September, another house church leader, Zhou Heng, was arrested in the same month in the southwest autonomous region of Xinjiang for receiving three tons of Bibles, which were printed in another Chinese city, according to CAA.

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