China
Peoples’ Republic of China
March 24-April 5
Asia
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THE LESS EVANGELIZED

1 The nearly 60 million Communist Party members are, by definition, atheists, but ideology is a facade to cover self-seeking opportunism

2 The armed forces, who are the protectors of the Marxist state, and who jealously guard their privileged position and network of industries

3 The ‘lost generation’, the young people mobilized as the Cultural Revolution Red Guards

4 Those still bound by the idolatrous superstitions of Daoism, Buddhism and the legalism of Confucianism

5 Children and young people under 18 number over 500m

6 University students (3m) are the key for the future

a) Christians among them to be built up in their faith and to be fervent witnesses

b) The establishment of Bible study groups on every one of the 1,054 campuses

c) Those who study abroad

7 Muslims number 25m, and are almost entirely linked to specific ethnic groups

8 Ethnic Minorities comprise 8.7% of the population, 100m people in 464 distinct non-Han ethno-linguistic groups

a) A global concern for the evangelization of these numerous unreached peoples,

b) Greater involvement of Christian tribals and Chinese Han Christians in reaching them

c) The planting of indigenous churches

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Economy

The Cultural Revolution with its application of an extreme Marxist economic system was a fiasco. HDI 0.701; 98th/174. Public debt 11% of GNP. Income/person $860 (2.7% of USA).

Politics

This great and ancient nation has regained its place of importance in the world after nearly two centuries of decline and humiliation at the hands of the Western powers and Japan.

Religion

Elimination of all religious groups has always been the ultimate aim of the Marxist government.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
non-Religious/other 49.58 625,975,655 +1.0%
Chinese 28.50 359,828,684 -1.4%
Buddhist 8.38 105,802,259 +1.9%
Christian 7.25 91,535,367 +7.7%
Ethnic religions 4.29 54,163,686 +6.4%
Muslim 2.00 25,251,136 +0.9%
Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 5 0.05 645 +6.2%
Independent 23 7.26 91,700 +9.3%
Catholic 1 0.57 7,200 +3.7%
Marginal 21 0.16 2,000 +3.3%
Doubly affiliated   -0.79 -10,000 n.a.

Churches in China


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Geography


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Area 9,573,000 sq.km. The third largest state in the world, also containing the highest mountains and plateaus in the world.

Population (2000) 1,262,556,787 +0.93%AGR

Capital Beijing (Peking) 12,033,000.

Peoples

Han Chinese 91.3%.

Ethnic minorities 8.7%.

Literacy 81.5%. Official language Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese); local languages in the five Autonomous Regions. All languages 470. Languages with Scriptures 13Bi 13NT 16por 24w.i.p.

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