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08/27/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – According to a Chinese human rights defending website, Weiquanwang, four Christians in China’s Guangdong province —Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, Han Li, and Feng Qunhao—were arrested on July 2 on charges of “illegal business operations” for selling Bible players.

Bitter Winter reports that Mr. Fu is the general manager and executive director of Life Tree Culture Communication Co., Ltd., and Mr. Deng is the company’s supervisor. Their company was founded in April 2011 in Shenzhen, a sub-provincial city in the southern province of Guangdong. It is a legally established company that produces audio bible players. It is committed to spreading biblical culture and has cooperated with many influential churches, bookstores, institutions, and sales agents at home and abroad.

The four have been detained in the Jiuwei Detention Center in Shenzhen, and their families and lawyers have been threatened and are banned from revealing any information about the case.

Even the users of the audio Bible players are targeted. A house church member from Guangdong’s Zhongshan city told Bitter Winter that the police summoned him last December for buying a Bible player online over a year before. His information was obtained from the company’s sales record. He was repeatedly questioned as they demanded him to hand over his player.

A year ago, ICC also reported on the arrest of seven employees at Shenzhen Cedar Electronics in China’s Guangdong province on July 22, as they were also charged for “illegal business operations.”

This shows that the Chinese government is seeking to control the sales of Bibles. Government-sanctioned Three-Self churches will likely be the only places in China permitted to sell Bibles, possibly even with edited texts.

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