UBS China Revelation
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The answers come from United Bible Societies (UBS), the joint venture partner of China's Amity Foundation, which owns Amity Printing; UBS donates the paper on which Amity prints Bibles for China.
In 2011, UBS disclosed, "Between 1988 and September 2011, more than 88.9 million copies of the Bible were printed, out of which 55.7 million was for distribution within China and 33.2 million was for export" by Amity Printing.
To recap, 43 million of the 54 million copies printed by 2006 and 55.7 of the 89 million ("more than 88.9 million") copies printed by September, 2011 are disclosed by Amity in 2006 and UBS in 2011, respectively, as having been sold within China.
This means that of the 35 (89 - 54) million copies Amity printed from January 2007 until September 2011, only 12.7 (55.7 - 43) million copies were sold within China, representing 35% (12.7 million / 35 million) of the total printed - far shy of the 80% figure most recently reported by Amity Printing.
Moreover, the 12.7 million copies sold in China from January 2007 until September 2011 average 3 million copies of "Bible and New Testament" sold per year, which would provide either a Bible or a New Testament to only 40% of the 7.5 million new believers added this year to the 150 million Christians in China.
• Amity Printing's current world-leading annual printing capacity of 18 million Bibles confers massive economies of scale, which make Amity also the world's lowest-cost Bible printer even without UBS' donations of paper for the Bibles.
• Amity Printing supplies the 55,000 Three Self churches in China with Bibles that can be purchased after Sunday services. Buyers no longer need to show identification or risk being tailed.
• The Bibles are sturdy and their starting price of 9.50 Yuan ($1.50) is affordable for all but the poorest Chinese Christians, who bear no risk for owning, storing or transporting Amity-printed Bibles.
• Despite its excess printing capacity, Amity refuses to fill bulk orders from domestic buyers other than the government's Three Self Churches. It also does not supply Bibles to Xinhua Bookstore or other bookstores, which carry the books of the other religions officially recognized by the Chinese government.
• When foreign Christians purchase Amity Bibles to give to poor Chinese Christians - even Three Self church Christians - their prices are often raised substantially (evidence). This shameful policy applies even to foreign Christians who donate the paper on which Amity prints Bibles for China.
(continued at Amity Press)
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