ZGBriefs

ZGBriefs is for those who want and need to keep up on what is happening in China, but don’t have the time to monitor and track it all. We monitor more than 50 different news sources and curate the most relevant and interesting stories out of China each week. Topics include government, religion, society, economics, education, travel, and language, and books.

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ZGBriefs | September 22, 2022

Temple excursions booming among Chinese youth (September 21, 2022, The China Project) According to government data, there are currently more than 33,000 Buddhist temples in China. An increasing number of them find themselves hosting urban youth who seek an escape from the rat race.

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ZGBriefs | September 15, 2022

China Pays Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II (September 9, 2022, Sixth Tone) China’s top leaders and its people joined millions around the world to pay tribute to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II after the death of the country’s longest-reigning monarch was announced Thursday. She was 96.

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ZGBriefs | September 8, 2022

An Unusual Scottish Missionary: William Burns (August 25, 2022, Field Partner Blog) William Chalmers Burns (宾惠廉) lived from 1815-1868. A fellow missionary said after his death that “all China knows him; he is the holiest man alive”. Because of his itinerant ministry, he left an impression on thousands of people across wide stretches of China.

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ZGBriefs | September 1, 2022

Filled with the Spirit amid the Hungry Ghosts (August 25, 2022, Christianity Today) This month serves as an important time for the church to reflect on its own convictions about spirits and the Holy Ghost himself.

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ZGBriefs | August 25, 2022

China issues alert as drought and heatwave put crops at risk (August 24, 2022, The Guardian) Local authorities told to take measures and ‘use every unit of water carefully’ in effort to save autumn harvest.

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ZGBriefs | August 18, 2022

5 Truths We Must Defend: Lessons from China (August 11, 2022, The Gospel Coalition) Although the experience of Christians in the U.S. is vastly different, we can learn from the faithfulness of our brothers and sisters in China.

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ZGBriefs | August 11, 2022

The Major Questions About China’s Foreign NGO Law Are Now Settled (August 8, 2022, China File) Foreign NGOs still tend to focus on work congenial to Beijing and eschew “controversial” issue areas like media, human rights, or religious issues.

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ZGBriefs | August 4, 2022

Confucius through Christian Eyes: Kenneth Scott Latourette and Charles E. Farhadian (August 2, 2022, Global China Center) Whether Confucianism is, or has ever been, a religion is a consideration that has been hotly debated for centuries, with evidence for and against its religious nature presented by those who answer either “Yes” or “No.”

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ZGBriefs | July 28, 2022

China approves Genuine Biotech's HIV drug for COVID patients (July 25, 2022, Reuters) The availability of effective COVID vaccines and treatments is crucial in laying the groundwork for China's potential pivoting from its "dynamic COVID zero" policy, which aims to eliminate every outbreak - however small - and relies on mass testing and strict quarantining.

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ZGBriefs | July 21, 2022

What inflation? China’s peppercorn purveyors are feeling the heat (July 15, 2022, The New York Times) (subscription required) The Sichuan peppercorns are ripe here in southwestern China, with a spicy, minty fragrance emanating from the rows of scrubby trees.