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China, the world's largest producer of textiles and manufactured goods, is now the largest producer of Bibles. In 2012, the country's sole Bible printer, Amity Printing, produced 12 million Bibles and New Testaments.
Although the increased availability of Bibles is a step forward from China's strictly communist days, a closer inspection reveals the country continues to control how many Bibles are printed and who can get them, according to a WORLD News Service analysis.
Amity Printing started in 1988 as a joint effort of the British United Bible Societies (UBS) and Amity Foundation, the charity arm of the Three Self Church. Bible production increased from 500,000 the first year to 12 million last year. But many of the Bibles quit going to Chinese Christians after Amity Printing found it could turn a profit by exporting its goods. Bibles are printed in more than 90 different languages, and of the...
Ah, but apparently other printers are smuggling in Bibles. They said in the article a company called "Asian Harvest" has printed 6 million Bibles. Of just as great importance that software that runs on Android, Linux, Windows, and even IOS gets through the bamboo curtain, since many Chinese have computer machines that these programs will run on. But, yes, we need to see that more Bibles, especially printed ones, get to the Chinese people.