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TIBET — XIZANG AUTONOMOUS REGION

CHALLENGES FOR PRAYER

1 Tibet is a contentious international issue

2 Tibetan Buddhism has a strong hold on the people

3 After centuries of failed attempts and limited fruit there may be about 1,000 evangelical and 2,000 Catholic Christians among the 5m Tibetans in the world

4 Political sensitivity and tensions in Tibet make entry and travel difficult for both Chinese and foreign Christians

5 There is a growing number of Han Chinese in Tibet

XINJIANG UYGUR AUTONOMOUS REGION

CHALLENGES FOR PRAYER

1 Xinjiang’s rich natural resources and strategic location make it important for China’s future

2 Almost all the indigenous peoples are Muslim and unreached

3 There were once believers and some churches among the Uygur in the 1930s, but in violent persecution the churches were destroyed and believers killed or scattered

4 The 360,000 Christians in Xinjiang, almost all Han Chinese, are culturally isolated from the indigenous population

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Geography - Tibet — Xizang Autonomous Region

Area 1,222,000 sq.km. High, barren Tibetan plateau north of the Himalaya Mountains,

Population 2,500,000; 2 people/sq.km.

Capital Lhasa 310,000.

Peoples - Tibet — Xizang Autonomous Region

Han Chinese 20%.

Sino-Tibetan 80%.

Religion - Tibet — Xizang Autonomous Region

Lama Buddhist 80%.

Geography - Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

Area 1,646,900 sq.km.

Population 17,582,000; 11 people/sq.km.

Capital Urumqi 1,635,000.

Peoples - Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

Turkic 60.7%.

Han Chinese 33.1%.

Hui 4.2%.

Mongolian-Tungus 1.7%.

Other 0.3%:

Religion - Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

Muslim 65.1%.

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