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April 13, 1988 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
Evangelist Billy Graham arrived here Tuesday at the start of a 16-day tour he said is aimed at strengthening Sino-American ties, especially between churches of the two countries. "I come here primarily--always, wherever I go--as an ambassador of the kingdom of heaven," Graham told reporters on his arrival at Beijing airport. "We are in the process since 1972 (when then-President Richard M. Nixon visited China) of building bridges between China and the United States.
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May 4, 2001 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vowing to make religious liberty "a guiding doctrine of our foreign policy," President Bush said Thursday that China's persecution of believers will thwart that nation's aspirations of becoming a great power. Reciting a catalog of religious repression, Bush also said his administration will never condone the abuses that it says are occurring in Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Afghanistan and the former Soviet republics in Central Asia.
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March 28, 1992 | From Associated Press
Pursuit of money, often portrayed as a distraction to faith, appears to be helping it in China. Moreover, religion and the economy seem on the upswing there. These impressions were brought back last week from a 12-day visit to China by a delegation of the interfaith Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Its president, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, said China's new openness to investment has had a "positive impact on the religious communities."
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February 27, 2001 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Political and religious persecution in China is getting steadily worse despite progress toward a market-based economy, the State Department reported Monday, dimming hopes that economic engagement would lead to improved human rights. "The [Chinese] government's poor human rights record worsened, and it continued to commit numerous serious abuses," the department said in its annual report on human rights conditions in 195 countries and territories. The report, compiled by U.S.
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February 13, 1998 | ANTHONY KUHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Braving charges that they will be manipulated by China's Communist regime, three U.S. religious leaders met with President Jiang Zemin on Thursday in a high-profile bid to initiate a dialogue on religious freedom. The clerics declined to detail the content of their talk with Jiang but said they expressed concern to Chinese authorities over reports of religious persecution. "We can tell you we've had very meaningful dialogue. . . . We were not lectured," said the Rev.
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December 15, 2000 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scores, perhaps hundreds, of churches and temples in the southern Chinese city of Wenzhou have been shut or destroyed in a religious crackdown that residents say has been intensifying over the past several weeks. Officials in Wenzhou confirmed Thursday that a number of houses of worship had been closed down, but they denied reports of as many as 1,200 temples and churches being shuttered. The officials did not say how many had been targeted but insisted that "only illegal temples were destroyed."
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April 16, 1996 | Reuters
China has called for tighter controls on Tibetan Buddhist temples to clamp down on pro-independence propaganda and combat increased opposition to Chinese rule, the Tibet Daily said in a report seen here Monday. News of the call for stronger controls on pro-independence monks and nuns came as a Western advocacy group accused China of widespread torture of detained clergy in the restive Himalayan region and of suppressing religious growth there.
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January 8, 2000 |
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says religious repression in China has worsened over the past weeks with the sentencing of several Falun Gong and Christian leaders to prison. Since the new year began, more than 100 practitioners of the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement have been detained, according to the Information Center for Human Rights and Democratic Movement, based in Hong Kong.
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August 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
China has put out a reward for information leading to the capture of the leader of a banned meditation sect who lives in the United States, state-run media reported Tuesday. Li Hongzhi, leader of the banned Falun Gong sect, topped a list of wanted criminals put out by Chinese police, who will begin paying rewards of more than $6,000 for tips leading to their arrest, the Beijing Evening News reported, quoting police sources. China issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Li, who lives in New York.
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November 13, 1999 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first trial targeting the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement, China fired a warning shot toward the group's members Friday by sentencing four of its lower-level officials to prison terms of up to 12 years. Regional leader Song Yuesheng received the longest sentence, for "using a cult to violate the law" and for trying to escape from police custody, a Hainan court official told the Reuters news agency. Three other defendants were sentenced to seven, three and two years in prison.
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February 16, 2001 | From Reuters
A senior Chinese official denies that members of the outlawed Falun Gong religious group have died in detention as a result of maltreatment or torture by Chinese authorities. In an interview to be broadcast today, the Chinese Embassy spokesman in Washington, Zhang Yuan Yuan, said those group members who had died in detention were old, sick or had committed suicide. "People died in detention, that's true," he told BBC World Service radio.
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February 9, 2001 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Chinese government and the Falun Gong spiritual group step up their rhetorical attacks on each other, each side seems increasingly braced for a war over that most basic of aims: survival.
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December 31, 2000 | ANTHONY KUHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police and minority Muslims faced off in eastern China this month in a clash that left six people dead, state media confirmed Saturday. Several hundred members of the Hui minority traveled by bus from Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, to neighboring Shandong province, where they fought with police Dec. 12, according to the official New China News Agency.
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December 15, 2000 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scores, perhaps hundreds, of churches and temples in the southern Chinese city of Wenzhou have been shut or destroyed in a religious crackdown that residents say has been intensifying over the past several weeks. Officials in Wenzhou confirmed Thursday that a number of houses of worship had been closed down, but they denied reports of as many as 1,200 temples and churches being shuttered. The officials did not say how many had been targeted but insisted that "only illegal temples were destroyed."
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August 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
China has deported three U.S. evangelists after detaining them in a roundup of underground Protestant worshipers in central China, a rights group reported. The report of the deportation of Henry Chu, Sandee Lin and Patricia Lan was accompanied by news that dozens of the Chinese worshipers detained along with them have been sent to jail.
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August 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in central China arrested 130 members of an underground Christian evangelical group, including three American citizens, a human rights group reported. The church members were seized in an afternoon raid in Henan province's Xihua county and have been detained at the county jail, the Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China reported.
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November 8, 1999 | From Associated Press
Authorities have sentenced more than 500 people to labor camps in the latest crackdown on the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, a human rights group reported Sunday. The Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China reported that the sentences were handed down to Falun Gong members from Hebei, a northern province bordering Beijing. It cited unidentified sources. The Chinese government banned Falun Gong in July.
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February 27, 2001 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Political and religious persecution in China is getting steadily worse despite progress toward a market-based economy, the State Department reported Monday, dimming hopes that economic engagement would lead to improved human rights. "The [Chinese] government's poor human rights record worsened, and it continued to commit numerous serious abuses," the department said in its annual report on human rights conditions in 195 countries and territories. The report, compiled by U.S.
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June 21, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One group marched from San Francisco--through the redwoods of Big Sur, the artichoke fields of Salinas, the rolling hills of San Simeon. Another walked from San Diego--through the posh streets of La Jolla and the beach town of Encinitas. But both had the same cause: Tibetan independence from China. After two months and nearly 700 miles combined, the two groups hooked up for the first time Tuesday in a Santa Monica ceremony of song, prayer and political appeals.
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May 2, 2000 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An interfaith commission established to advise Congress and the White House on combating religious persecution called on the United States on Monday to deny China normal trade relations until it stops repressing Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and others. In its first report, the year-old U.S.
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