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China Is Complicated


Anyone who hangs around me even a little has heard me say, in response to almost any question about China, “It’s complicated.” This picture that I took outside the Haidian Church in Beijing last month illustrates my point.

It’s got everything . . .

  • Chinese national flag
  • Neon sign
  • Giant cross
  • Political banner next to the church
  • Surveillance camera
  • And Santa

And inside I heard a sermon about counting the cost of following Jesus.

Don’t tell me that China isn’t complicated!

"China Is Complicated" was originally posted on December 17, 2019 at Outside-In. It is edited and reposted here with permission. 

Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman is senior vice president of ChinaSource and editor of ZGBriefs. Prior to joining ChinaSource, Joann spent 28 years working in China, as an English teacher, language student, program director, and cross-cultural trainer for organizations and businesses engaged in China. She has also taught Chinese at the University... View Full Bio


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