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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Survey finds 300m China believers

The party (CCP) just loves to hate Falun Gong.

BBC: The number of religious believers in China could be three times higher than official estimates, according to a survey reported by state media.

But the party is still ready to deal harshly with any religious group it perceives to be a challenge to its authority - especially the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong, which was not mentioned in the reports. (more)

Jurnalo: The government has promoted Buddhism and supported state-sanctioned temples in recent years, partly to counteract the influence of the Falun Gong spiritual movement and similar sects.

Before it was banned in 1999, Falun Gong claimed to have 70 million members in China. (more)

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