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CHINA'S Christians don't have to worry about a shortage of Bibles. China is one of the world's biggest publishers of the Good Book and approximately one-four of the world's Bibles are printed in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province.

The Amity Printing Co Ltd, the only authorized Bible-printing company in China, has turned out more than 90 million copies since it started its presses in 1987.

Company chairman Qiu Zhonghui told the Xinhua news agency that the company's main priority is to meet the needs of Chinese Christians. Profits are donated to charities helping needy people.

Amity Printing is a joint venture established by China's Amity Foundation and the United Bible Societies, a worldwide association of Bible societies. The company publishes more than 50 editions of the Bible, including versions in Chinese, English, French and Spanish. Around 32 percent are exported to more than 60 countries and regions.

The company benefits from favorable government policies, including tax exemptions, as well as subsidies from international organizations.

"Our prices are much lower than those of other books of the same quality," says Qiu. "In this way, Christians living in impoverished areas can still afford to have their own Bibles."

He says the company aims to print 20 million Bibles a year, more than double its current output. The country's expanding Christian population is likely to help achieve that goal.


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