BEIJING — More than 100 Chinese Christians seeking to attend an
international evangelical conference in South Africa have been barred
from leaving the country, some in the group said, because their churches
are not sanctioned by the state.
Organizers say that more than
4,000 Christians from around the world will discuss faith, poverty, the
AIDS epidemic and other issues at the nine-day conference, which begins
Saturday in Cape Town. But members of the Chinese delegation said that
they could get no farther than the passport control at international
airports in China before officials confiscated their documents.
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