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anonymous WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CHINA! May 20, 2008 3:54 PM

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anonymous  May 20, 2008 4:02 PM

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CHINA! Thursday, 6:45 PM

By WILLIAM FOREMAN, Associated Press Writer 25 minutes ago

LUOSHUI TOWN, China - Troops dug burial pits in this quake-shattered town and black smoke poured from crematorium chimneys elsewhere in central China
as priorities began shifting Thursday from the hunt
for survivors to dealing with the dead. Officials said
the final toll could more than double to 50,000.

As the massive military-led recovery operation
inched farther into regions cut off by Monday's
quake, the government sought to enlist the public's
help with an appeal for everything from hammers to
cranes and, in a turnabout, began accepting foreign
aid missions, the first from regional rival Japan.

Millions of survivors left homeless or too terrified to go
indoors faced their fourth night under tarpaulins,
tents or nothing at all as workers patched roads
and cleared debris to reach more outlying towns
in the disaster zone.

Health officials said there have been no outbreaks of
disease so far, with workers rushing to inoculate
survivors against disease, supply them with
drinking water, and find ways to dispose of
an overwhelming number of corpses.

"There are still bodies in the hills, and pits are
being dug to bury them," said Zhao Xiaoli, a nurse
in the ruined town of Hanwang. "There's no way to
bring them down. It's too dangerous."

Troops in the town of Luoshui in a quake-ravaged
area used a mechanical shovel to dig a pit on a hilltop.
Two bodies wrapped in white sheets lay beside it.
Down the hill sat four mounds of lime.

In a sign of nervousness, 50 troops lined the road
outside Luoshui. Five farmers watched them dig
the burial pit, after performing brief funerary rites.
Local police detained an Associated Press reporter and photographer who took photos of the scene, holding
them in a government compound for 3 1/2 hours
before releasing them without explanation.

Across the quake zone in Dujiangyan, troops in
face masks collected corpses and loaded them onto
a flatbed truck. Thick black smoke streamed from
the twin chimneys of the town's crematorium.

Fears about damage to a major dam in the quake zone
appeared to ease. The Zipingpu dam had reportedly
suffered cracks from the disaster, but there was no
repair work or extra security at the dam when it was
reached Thursday by an AP photographer, indicating
the threat to the structure had likely passed.

People trying to hike into Wenchuan walked on top
of the dam as water spilled from an outlet, lowering
levels in the reservoir and alleviating pressure on
the dam.

Just behind the dam, soldiers set up a staging area
preparing speed boats to lower into the reservoir
and ferry soldiers in lifejackets, engineers and
medical staff up river to Yingxiu, a town flattened
by the quake.

The government says "the dam will hold,
but then the longer-term question is what
to do with it — to keep it or dismantle it,"
said Andrew Mertha of Washington University
in St. Louis
, author of a book on Chinese dams,
"China's Water Warriors:
Citizen Action and Policy Change,"

The emergency headquarters of the State Council,
China's Cabinet, said the confirmed death toll
had reached 19,509 — up more than 4,500 from
the day before. The council said deaths could rise
to 50,000, state media reported.

The provincial government said more than
12,300 remained buried and another 102,100
were injured in Sichuan, where the quake was
centered.

Experts said hope was quickly fading for anyone
still caught in the wreckage of homes, schools,
offices and factories that collapsed in the
magnitude-7.9 quake, the most powerful in
three decades in quake-prone China.

"Generally speaking, anyone buried in an
earthquake can survive without water and food
for three days," said Gu Linsheng, a researcher
with Tsinghua University's Emergency Management
Research Center. "After that, it's usually a miracle
for anyone to survive."

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anonymous  May 20, 2008 4:11 PM

By TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writer 11 minutes ago

AN XIAN, China - China is grappling with the next
massive task in the aftermath of its earthquake —
how to shelter the 5 million people left homeless.

Many were living Tuesday in tent cities like one at the
base of Qianfo mountain in the disaster zone, offering
some stability — along with food and medical care —
to those whose lives were upended.

"After the quake, we couldn't sleep for five days.
We were really, really afraid," said Chen Shigui,
a weathered 55-year-old farmer who climbed for
two days with his wife and injured father to reach
the camp from their mountain village. "I felt relieved
when we got here. It's much safer compared to my
home."

But there's not enough room to go around.

The government issued an urgent appeal Tuesday
for tents and brought in the first foreign teams of
doctors and field hospitals, some of whom were
swapping out with overseas search and rescue
specialists.

The switch underscored a shift in the response
to China's worst disaster in three decades from
an emergency stage to one of recovery —
and for many, enduring hardship.

On the second of a three-day national mourning period,
the authoritarian government appeared to be moving
to rein in the unusually free reporting it allowed in the
disaster's first week. Most major newspapers carried near-identical photographs on their front pages of
President Hu Jintao and other senior leaders with
their heads bowed — a uniformity that is typical when
state media censors direct coverage.

The May 12 earthquake's confirmed death toll rose
to more than 40,000, with at least 10,000 more
deaths expected, and officials said more than
32,000 people were missing. The State Council,
China's Cabinet, said 80 percent of the bodies
found in Sichuan province had been either
cremated or buried.

Authorities rushed to dispose of corpses,
burning them or laying them side by side in pits.
Vice Minister for Civil Affairs Jiang Li said officials
had begun collecting DNA samples from bodies so
their identities could be confirmed later.

Rescues — becoming more remarkable by the hour —
continued on the eighth day since the quake, but the
trickle of earlier days had slowed to a drip.

A 60-year-old woman was pulled from the rubble
of a collapsed temple in the city of Pengzhou 195
hours after the quake, the state-run
Xinhua news agency reported. Wang Youqun suffered
only a hip fracture and bruises on her face during her
eight days in the rubble, Hong Kong-based Phoenix
Satellite Television reported,
citing air force officer Xie Linglong.

Jiang said 5 million people were homeless
and that the government was setting up
temporary housing for victims unable to find
shelter with relatives. He said nearly 280,000 tents
had been shipped to the area and 700,000 more
ordered and that factories were ramping up to
meet demand. Sichuan's governor said 3 million tents
were needed.

In this encampment in An Xian, hundreds of
large blue tents dot the flat farmland where
rice and barley are being grown. The dried furrows
provide orderly markers, lining up the temporary
shelters with military precision in the fairly tidy area
the size of a football field.

Some 4,600 people are being housed here,
90 percent of them from the mountains around
Chaping village, about 20 miles away,
which remains cut off by road, said camp director
Yang Jianxin.

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anonymous WHY IS CHINA SO CONFUSING? May 20, 2008 4:47 PM

WHY IS CHINA SO CONFUSING? AN OPINION FORMED FROM RESEARCH!

IF you ask an American politician if there are persecuted Christians, they might just say no. After all, it is their job to make leaders of other countries happy. And to make political deals.
However; if you dig deeply enough and research enough, you will find, that there are two sides to every story.
What I found out about China is that their leaders are old hands at the political game. They know they have to make a good show. So they have set up some front churches in the bigger cities, which are allowed to practise Christianity; however, in China you can only belong to certain denominations and only read bibles with certain books deleted. Such as Revelations.
That is why they can have a thriving church in the cities, and yet Christians are secretly arrested and brutalized, harrazed and threatened by the government.
Many rural churches have been shut down, pastors arrested and members imprisioned and mistreated.  Because of the difficulties of exploring the truth in a dictatorship, the exact number of Christians persecuted in China is unknown, but news comes to us more easily now, because of the internet and missionaries who make an effort to get the truth out.
So if you hear two different stories about the Church in China, do not be confused! The leaders of China set it up that way, because they want the freedom of making political deals with Democracies and because to China, appearance is important. The leaders of China will not tell you of the Christians arrested and the churches shut down.  They will not tell you that Christian beliefs are censcered or that Christians can not even read the book of Revelation!
So I ask that you continue to pray for the Church in China and that you please not abandon the Christians who really are persecuted in China, because they need you more than ever.

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anonymous  May 21, 2008 7:24 AM

Please continue to pray for the tens of thousands of people who have lost their lives and thousands more who have been reported missing after the two huge natural disasters that hit China and Burma (Myanmar) in the last two weeks. View the latest update and prayer points…  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  May 21, 2008 9:56 AM

CHINA & BURMA
Pray for Believers Affected by the Cyclone and Earthquake - VOM Sources

The Voice of the Martyrs is encouraging believers to pray for those affected by the cyclone in Burma (Myanmar) and the earthquake in China. Pray God will comfort Christians who have been displaced and lost loved ones during these natural disasters. Ask Him to provide for them during this difficult time and for the Holy Spirit to be their comforter. Isaiah 61: 1-3  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  May 22, 2008 2:38 PM

Samaritan's Purse is sending a Boeing 747 cargo jet loaded with an estimated 90 metric tons of relief supplies to earthquake victims in China's hard-hit Sichuan Province. Visit our Web site now to learn how you can help.
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anonymous  May 25, 2008 4:35 AM

CHENGDU, China - Nearly 70 dams scarred by
the force of China's most powerful earthquake
in three decades were in danger of bursting,
rattled again Sunday by one of the strongest
aftershocks since the initial disaster.

Meanwhile, soldiers carrying explosives
hiked to a lake formed by a blocked river
near the epicenter, hoping to blast through
debris to alleviate the threat
of floods.

The confirmed death toll from the May 12
quake rose to 62,664, with another 23,775
people missing, the Cabinet said. Premier Wen Jiabao
has said the number of dead could surpass 80,000.

An aftershock Sunday afternoon caused office towers
to sway in Beijing, 800 miles away. There was
immediate information on any new damage.

The magnitude 5.8 aftershock was among the
most powerful recorded, the U.S. Geological
Survey said. The China National Seismic Network,
which uses a different measurement system, said
the aftershock was the strongest of dozens since
May 12.

The aftershock lasted about 20 seconds in the
Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu. At one
teahouse, customers scurried into an open courtyard.
"It's scary, but we're getting used to it,"
said Mary Nong, a 46-year-old telephone
company worker.

The Water Resources Ministry said in a
statement Sunday that 69 dams in Sichuan
were in danger of collapse. It did not give
further details.

The government had earlier said the
391 dams, mostly small structures.

Sichuan is home to the world's largest water project,
the Three Gorges dam, located about 350 miles
east of the epicenter. Authorities have said it was
not damaged in the quake.

Another issue complicating rescue work has
lakes that were formed from rivers blocked by
landslides unleashed in the quake.

Some 1,600 soldiers and police were hiking to
one such lake north of Beichuan, each carrying
22 pounds to blast a hole in the river blockage
before it develops into a flood risk,
the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Bad weather meant they could not use helicopters
to get to the lake.

The State Meteorological Bureau said
parts of Sichuan would suffer "heavy and
even in some areas torrential rains" later
Sunday and Monday, warning of possible
mudslides.

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anonymous  May 25, 2008 4:39 AM

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anonymous  May 25, 2008 4:56 PM

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press Writer 45 minutes ago

CHENGDU, China - A powerful aftershock destroyed tens of thousands of homes in central China on Sunday, killing two people and straining recovery efforts from the country's worst earthquake in three decades. More than 480 others were injured.

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anonymous  May 31, 2008 7:37 AM

Dealing with the "quake lake" has become one of the key challenges in the aftermath of the May 12 earthquake that devastated large tracts of mountainous Sichuan province, killing more than 68,500 people.

The lake was created when landslides triggered by the quake created a dam across a river in a valley.

Helicopters have been used to airlift supplies to hundreds of soldiers working to create a channel that can drain the lake, which contains enough water to fill over 50,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.

After three days of non-stop efforts, the soldiers had dug a 50-metre (164-foot) wide channel 300 metres long, but despite the frantic pace the work would not be completed until next Thursday, the state-run China Daily reported.

More than a million people risk being affected if the Tanjiashan lake empties onto towns and villages downstream, and many residents have been doing regular drills to move quickly to higher ground.

By Saturday morning, close to 200,000 people were expected to have been evacuated from the area, the state-run China International Radio said Friday evening.

However, it was not the only area of Sichuan at risk. There were 33 other lakes created by the quake, 28 of which were at risk of bursting, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Other unexpected dangers also continued to arise amid the massive task of looking after the 15 million people made homeless in the quake.

Gas from a chemical fire in Leigu town, near the epicentre of the quake, poisoned four people and forced more than 800 to evacuate on Thursday, Xinhua reported, citing a local official.

The fire occurred when bleach powder, used as a disinfectant, self-ignited when it reacted with leaked rainwater, said Song Ming, Communist Party secretary for Beichuan county, one of the worst-hit areas.

The dense chlorine gas poisoned two rescue soldiers and two medical workers, who were taken to hospital, according to Xinhua.

No one was available at the environmental protection bureau on Friday to comment on the report about the radioactive sources that were being cleared.

But previous reports in the state press said these sources could emanate from machines used to test defects in the construction of bridges or boats, or from X-ray machines.

There were also several nuclear installations not used for electricity generation in areas near the epicentre of the quake, according to the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) in France.

These included a manufacturing site for nuclear weapons, as well as a nuclear reactor.

The government said last week that nuclear facilities and radioactive sites in Sichuan province were "safe and controllable."

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said late Friday that authorities had dispatched thousands of people to inspect businesses in quake-hit areas, finding some with possible environmental risks.

Of 14,357 companies, including some 2,900 chemical firms, surveyed in Sichuan province, inspectors found 134 potential risks, Xinhua news agency said, quoting a statement on the ministry's website on Friday.

Nearly 30 of the potential risks had been dealt with.

The ministry also said the province's environmental quality remained stable and water was acceptable for drinking.

The death toll from the quake has reached 68,558, with another 18,618 missing, the government said Friday. Some 15 million people have been displaced in the disaster.

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anonymous  June 16, 2008 9:59 AM

Dear Friend,

Millions of Chinese are coming to Christ every year. And when someone in China comes to faith in Jesus Christ, the one thing they plead for is a Bible.

And now we have been offered a $10,000 Challenge Grant to provide these desperately needed Bibles! But we need your help to meet this challenge!

While Chinese officials allow Bibles to be printed in China, the number they allow to be printed falls millions short of what is actually needed.

That’s why Open Doors has set a goal to send at least 4,000 urgently needed Bibles to children in China over the next four months… and now… if we meet this $10,000 Challenge Grant… we can meet this goal!

But we need your help… which is why I’m asking you to give an online gift to Open Doors today.

Through your gift, you’ll help deliver Bibles to Chinese Christians who are suffering for their faith. You’ll be giving hope and encouragement to persecuted brothers and sisters who so desperately need it!

So thank you for your gift. And thank you for standing with those who are suffering the most for their faith.


Dr. Carl A. Moeller
President/CEO
Open Doors USA


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anonymous  June 16, 2008 10:40 AM

More than 1M homeless from flooding in China

By WILLIAM FOREMAN, Associated Press Writer 12 minutes ago

FOSHAN, China - Weeks of rain pushed rivers over their banks in southern China, displacing more than 1.27 million people and forcing some to huddle on rooftops Monday as the region braced for more downpours.

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anonymous  June 16, 2008 1:44 PM

By Chris Buckley Mon Jun 16, 8:42 AM ET

BEIJING (Reuters) - Floods triggered by torrential rains have killed dozens of people across China, as officials struggle to move thousands of victims of last month's earthquake to escape the threat of landslides caused by downpours.

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anonymous  June 16, 2008 9:32 PM

More than 1M homeless from flooding in China

By WILLIAM FOREMAN, Associated Press Writer 10 minutes ago

GUANGZHOU, China - Weeks of rain pushed rivers over their banks in southern China, killing at least 112 people, displacing more than 1.27 million and forcing some to huddle on rooftops Monday as the region braced for more downpours.

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anonymous  June 16, 2008 9:36 PM

The Beijiang River, which converges with the Xijiang in Foshan, swallowed a neighborhood that had been home to about 100 people.

"The water came in fast. It started rising yesterday morning, and by noon our homes were swamped," said a man who gave his name as Mr. Huang, standing on a dike staring at his inundated home across the Beijiang river.

Residents crossed back and forth in wooden skiffs between the orange-tiled buildings.

"We're living on the second floor of the tallest building in our neighborhood," Huang said, pointing to a tall building. "We had to do the same thing during the flood in 2005, which was much worse than this one.

"The government ignored us then and it's ignoring us now," he said.

There were no signs in the area of large encampments of displaced people. Residents in multi-floor buildings appeared to have moved to higher floors, including on rooftops under tarpaulins.

State television showed troops in boats rescuing stranded people, bailing water and hastily filling sandbags to shore up dikes, but it was difficult to tell how widespread the government response has been so far.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs' announcement Tuesday of 112 deaths represents an increase over the previous toll of 57, which occurred in the central and northern provinces of Henan, Shanxi and Shaanxi. The 55 newly reported fatalities were in nine southern provinces: Guangxi, Jiangxi, Hunnan, Hubei, Guangdong, Guizhou, Yunnan, Zhejiang and Anhui.

The flooding was the third major natural calamity to strike China this year as it gears up to host the Olympics in August.

The trouble began with freakish blizzards that paralyzed southern provinces in February followed by last month's earthquake in Sichuan that killed nearly 70,000.

Sichuan, still struggling to recover from the 7.9 magnitude quake, was among 10 provinces affected by the latest round of flooding.

But the hardest hit was Guangdong province in the Pearl River Delta, on the coast about 620 miles downstream to the east.

The industrial area is often called the world's factory floor because it is home to hundreds of thousands of manufacturers that churn out toys, computers, iPods, sneakers and a myriad of other products for the global market.

So far, most of the reported damage was in agricultural areas in Guangdong, also a large producer of rice, fruit and vegetables.

Twenty of the 57 deaths were in Guangdong, and crop damage was reported on 2.12 million acres, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. More than 1.27 million people were displaced, Xinhua and state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Economic losses have reached $1.5 billion because of the floods, the official China Daily newspaper said. It said Monday the flooding was the worst to hit the Pearl River Delta in 50 years.

"A major flood is feared if rain continues," Huang Boqing, deputy director of the Guangdong flood control and drought relief headquarters, was quoted as saying.

Forecasters were expecting the rain to continue to drench the region in the next few days, said an official at the China Meteorological Administration who refused to give his name because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

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anonymous  July 09, 2008 9:43 AM

Imprisoned Christian ‘Temporarily’ Released*

IRAN - After four weeks in police custody, Iranian Christian Mohsen Namvar was released "temporarily" last week to return to his home in Tehran. Police had previously detained and tortured Namvar for baptizing Muslim converts to Christianity. According to Compass Direct News, a doctor summoned to Namvar’s home after his release administered medicines and serum to treat the badly beaten prisoner. Read more… 

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that Mohsen Namvar will receive all of the medical help he needs and that his health will be completely restored. (Jeremiah 30:17)

  • Please pray that Namvar’s release will turn from a "temporary" release into a permanent one. (Isaiah 49:9)

For more information on Christians who are persecuted worldwide, download the latest version of the Persecution Update.

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anonymous  July 15, 2008 9:35 AM

t’s been said that anything you hear about China is probably true about China…somewhere. So what’s the truth about the Church in China?

As the Beijing Olympics rapidly approach, conflicting messages about the state of Christianity in China surface every day. Recently there has been a spate of press releases from evangelists, television hosts, magazine and newspaper articles, and even full-page advertisements in publications promoting the "openness" of China to a Christian witness.

How much of the media coverage is a smoke screen to the truth, what is unfortunate misunderstanding, and where has China made legitimate progress in religious rights practices? 

This month’s Church Connection is an in-depth interview with Dr. Carl Moeller, CEO/President of Open Doors USA. His extensive travels through China over the past several years have given him first-hand knowledge regarding the cultural, political and spiritual textures of this vast country.

1)

What does the government-sanctioned church system look like in China? What does the house church movement look like? Answer

2)

What’s the difference in size between the Three-self Church and the unregistered Church in China? Answer

3)

What is the difference between a government-produced Bible and a Bible you and I would have in our homes? Answer

4)

With potentially 80 million belivers in China, does persecution really exist? Answer

5)

So why are there so many different reports on the state of religious freedom in China? Answer

6)

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Olympics this summer.  Also the spotlight has been on China for these past several months due to the earthquake and prior to that, on the Olympic torch relay.  So what’s all the fuss about China and the Olympics? Answer

7)

How do you think that the recent earthquake in China affected Christians and churches? Answer

8)

What hopes do you think that China has in the near future? Answer

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anonymous  July 16, 2008 9:36 AM

MP3 Bibles Distributed In China

CHINA - During May and June, Open Doors distributed MP3 audio bibles in China. Open Doors’ first priority was to provide the comfort of God’s Word to victims of the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province. Other groups, such as a church for the blind in eastern China and house churches in northeastern, central and southern China were also among the first recipients of the initial 700 “MP3 Bibles” of a planned 3,000 that were distributed.  Read more… 

Prayer Points:

  • Praise God for the ability to provide His people with a technology that can further advance His kingdom! (1 Chronicles 16:9)
  • Pray that the MP3 Bibles will open the hearts and minds of those who receive them and that they will fall more in love with God as they listen to them. (Mark 12:30)
  • Pray for more creative ideas and opportunities to deliver God’s Word to people in China. (Isaiah 40:8)

Join us in the prayer countdown  to the Olympics and consider hosting your own prayer event.   For more information on how to donate bibles worldwide please visit our online giving page.

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anonymous  July 21, 2008 11:57 AM

Dear Friend,

Millions of Chinese are coming to Christ every year. And when someone in China comes to faith in Jesus Christ, the one thing they plead for is a Bible.

And now we have been offered a $10,000 Challenge Grant to provide these desperately needed Bibles! But we need your help to meet this challenge!

While Chinese officials allow Bibles to be printed in China, the number they allow to be printed falls millions short of what is actually needed.

That’s why Open Doors has set a goal to send at least 4,000 urgently needed Bibles to children in China over the next four months… and now… if we meet this $10,000 Challenge Grant… we can meet this goal!

But we need your help… which is why I’m asking you to give an online gift to Open Doors today.

Through your gift, you’ll help deliver Bibles to Chinese Christians who are suffering for their faith. You’ll be giving hope and encouragement to persecuted brothers and sisters who so desperately need it!

So thank you for your gift. And thank you for standing with those who are suffering the most for their faith.


Dr. Carl A. Moeller
President/CEO
Open Doors USA


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anonymous  July 29, 2008 7:36 AM

In it, hooded men stood in camouflage fatigues with Kalashnikovs and claimed responsibility for explosions in four cities in Western China in recent months, including two bus bombings last week in Kunming city that authorities said killed two people and injured 14.

One militant, identified by the Washington-based monitoring group IntelCenter as commander Seyfullah, warned athletes and spectators "particularly the Muslims" to stay away.

"Our aim is to target the most critical points related to the Olympics. We will try to attack Chinese central cities severely using the tactics that have never been employed," he said.

Chinese police immediately played down the threat, saying the explosions in Chinese cities claimed by the group were not the work of terrorists.

Still Beijing is being emptied of political critics, underground Christian organizers and ordinary Chinese who come to the capital to protest local government injustices.

Plainclothes security agents surprised rights campaigner Hou Wenzhuo at a cafe on May 30, putting a hood over her head and holding her in an undisclosed detention center for 17 days.

Among their chief concerns during interrogations, she said, were plans for a "human rights torch relay" organized by an exiled Tiananmen Square democracy movement figure and whether Chinese at home might get involved.

"The government is worried that this 'human rights torch' will detract attention from China" and the Olympics, Hou said. "They didn't beat me, but there are different kinds of intimidation."

Officials in charge of security have denied they are rounding up peaceful critics and have defended their actions as necessary, given global terrorism's scope and the publicity attacking the Olympics would bring.

To squelch any threat, Chinese leaders are mobilizing an army of security many times greater than previous Olympics — 110,000 police, riot squads and special forces, augmented by more than 300,000 Olympic volunteers and neighborhood watch members.

"Through all kinds of efforts and by relying on the support and cooperation from the international society and the general public, we are confident we can deal with all the threats and risks and challenges," Liu Shaowu, director of security for the Beijing Olympics organizing committee, said last week.

President Hu Jintao told fellow communist leaders over the weekend that "the task of hosting a safe Olympic Games is as heavy as Mount Tai and everyone shares the responsibility."

The hyper-charged security, however, has put some Western governments on edge, caught between a desire to cooperate on terrorism threats and concern about aiding the policing of peaceful dissent. U.S. and other European governments complain they have offered information but that Chinese police give little in return.

"The Chinese definition of security threat is pretty broad, and in the context of the Olympics, it encompasses anyone who might seek to 'disrupt' the games," Drew Thompson, director of China studies at the Nixon Center in Washington, said in an e-mail.

For the communist regime, "it's not about terrorism. It's about security," said one Western diplomat, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "It's the current reason for expanding the entire scope of the police state."

Chinese and Western terrorism experts agree the threat from terrorist groups, particularly of the militant Islamic stripe, is real. Hardly a month has passed this year without the government reporting it had disrupted a terrorist plot. But with so much effort focused on Beijing, terrorists may be seeking more vulnerable targets.

"The chances of attacks on Olympic areas are very unlikely," said Rohan Gunaratna of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore. "But there could be attacks elsewhere in the run-up to the Olympics to spoil the mood of celebration."

Li Wei, director of the Center for Counterterrorism Studies, which has ties to China's spy agency, said his center has pinpointed five distinct threats: international terrorist groups like al-Qaida, the domestic version fighting to end Chinese rule in far western Xinjiang province, Tibetan separatists, the Falun Gong spiritual movement and ordinary people with grievances against the government or society.

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Dear ministry partner,

In the wake of China's earthquake, hundreds of thousands of believers are not only struggling to get their own homes back together, they are also struggling to put their church families back together. Many have no safe place to worship or fellowship.

As part of ongoing relief efforts, Campus Crusade's partners within this nation have developed a strategy to help restore churches damaged by the quake. To learn more, including how you can be a part of rebuilding churches in China, click here.

Or visit: http://give2.ccci.org/featured/china-churches-ct5

Thank you so much for your prayerful consideration.

Blessings in Christ,

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