Journalist Ian Johnson provides in The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao an unprecedented view on how religion has been developing in China over de past years. In an interview with the author for the LA Review of Books Ting Guo argues Johnson did miss important developments. Ian Johnson disagrees.
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The forceful removal of crosses at churches and the arrest of Christians have hit of Western media regularly. But that is not the big picture, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of the upcoming book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, at CNN. Those government actions are mainly symbolic, he says.
The Christian faith in China, sometimes illegally, sometimes condoned by the government, is growing fast, faster than other religions. Journalist Ian Johnson, author of the upcoming book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, explains in the Spectator why.
“Highly collaborative and versatile.” That is how Hurun rich list founder Rupert Hoogewerf describes the billionaires coming from Zhejiang province, China´s region that produces most billionaires than any other in China and the world. And it is not over yet, says Hoogewerf to CNN Money
Mostly in Zhejiang province Chinese authorities have been trying to bring the 60 million Christians under state control, and took down between 1,200 and 1,700 crosses from churches, sometimes causing violent clashes. Journalist Ian Johnson investigated for the New York Times the current state of the government action.
The surprise arrest of China´s Warren Buffet, Guo Guangchang, the chairman of Fosun international, has shocked the private sector, tells Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the Hurun China Rich List at the International Business Times.
Since Chinese government agencies have started to remove crosses from churches – officially for security reasons – the resistance, and government backlash, has been growing. Focus is in Zhejiang province. Journalist Ian Johnson toured experts and made an update for the New York Times.