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US-China trade war could lead to a lack of Bibles, Christian books, publishers say

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Trade Minister Wilbur Ross indicates that a potential final-trade deal with China could be months away.

Book publishers take care of the President of Trump’s proposed tariffs on Chinese goods will lead to an increase in the cost of the Bibles printed in China, possibly leading to a US shortage.

As the United States and China go back and forth, with rates in front of Trump’s meeting with Xi Jinping, the latest proposal is for a 25-percent tariff on $ 300 billion in Chinese goods, including Bibles and children’s books, specifically printed in the Communist country. The collective hit ministries, churches, Nonprofit organizations and other religious organizations could be reported Bloomberg.

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“We do not believe that the administration was aware of the possible negative impact of these proposed rates on Bibles, and that it will never impose the intention of ‘Bible-tax for consumers, and religious organizations,” Mark schoenwald, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers, told a panel at the U.S. International Trade Commission in a seven-day hearing.

In spite of China’s hostility to Christianity and reports of the burning of the Holy book, the overwhelming majority of Bibles sold, in the United States Mark Bertrand of the Bible Design printed in China, Blog, told Christianity Today. Also, China is the world’s largest publisher of the Bible in a year 2012 was, according to the state-run Chinese news Agency Xinhua, although the government limits on Bible distributions.

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“If the brothers and sisters are persecuted, arrested and detained for their beliefs on the basis of the same Bible, what it means, buying a exported copy says Made in China?” ChinaAid, Bob Fu, said.

In view of the Trump Administration’s stance on religious freedom and the wide support from the Evangelical Christian publishers hope Trump is exempt rise of Bibles from the price.

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“I know there is a lot of interest in the area of religious freedom and access to religious goods on the part of the administration,” Stan Jantz, head of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, told media after his testimony. “We hope that there would be an openness and a strong attention for Bibles in particular, and also for books.”

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