The Chinese government has banned online retailers from selling the Bible. The move aligns with a longstanding effort to limit the influence of Christianity in China Internet searches for the Bible came up empty on leading online Chinese retailers, such as JD.com, Taobao, and Amazon, although some retailers offered analyses of the Bible or illustrated storybooks.

The advent of online retailers created a loophole that made the Bible easily available. A recent online report stated that Chinese publishers have printed 160 million copies of the Bible, exporting it to more than 100 countries. Bibles have been pulled from the shelves of online stores and large bookshops across China as Beijing continues to clamp down on how citizens practice religion. The country has always controlled Bible sales – only permitting it to be distributed and printed by state-sanctioned churches – but it has become possible to buy it online in recent years.

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