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Security agents kept a scholar of world religions from leaving Beijing Airport on his way to Singapore.

11/20/2010 China (ChinaAid) – Employing the same tactic used to stop members of the 200-plus Chinese delegation invited from attending the world’s most important gathering of Christians in decades and other prominent Chinese “sensitive” figures from going abroad recently, Chinese authorities on Friday blocked a well-known Chinese scholar on world religions from leaving the country to attend an academic conference, ChinaAid has learned.

Prof. He Guanghu, a senior professor at People’s University (Renmin University), was stopped by security agents at Beijing Capital Airport as he attempted to board a plane to Singapore at about 9:30 p.m. He was told that his trip could pose a threat to national security, and was taken into detention for nearly three hours. He was released back home early Saturday morning.

Authorities last month employed the same tactics to prevent more than 200 Chinese Christians from attending the Third Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa, which drew attendees from all over the world and was considered the most important gathering of evangelical Christians worldwide in decades.

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