Here's an orange. It looks like an apple, smells like an apple, and tastes like an apple. Is it an apple? No, it's still an orange.
Controlled? How? Learn me if you will, I have never noticed any control beyond what would be the norm in America or Korea (trade barriers, tariffs etc.). There isn't much I CAN'T buy here in China.The Chinese economy is now a mixed economy rather than a Communist economy, but with too much state control to be considered a "capitalist" economy (not even 'state capitalism'). I think "heterodox" economy is the term for such economies.
There were churches in virtually every city I have ever visited in China, including the poorer ones (15+)... And the church my mom goes to hosts thousands every week. With that in mind, I really can't see how Christianity's being "oppressed." I've seen Catholic masses being held in Chinese, too.As for the rest, its like I said; we seem to have drastically different interpretations of "oppression" and "disadvantaged"; the Christians are not currently as oppressed as some groups (such as the Tibetan Buddhists or the Falun Gong), in large part due to the potential international backlash among trading partners, but they are hardly free to practice their faith without unreasonable restrictions on their activities-members of illegal 'house churches' are still rounded up and given at least a slap on the wrist whenever the Communist party wishes to make a point. Also, isn't it still technically illegal for a member of the Communist party to be anything other than an atheist?
I don't know where you got that idea.Your apologists posts seem to rest on the notion that the Chinese government isn't so bad because things are no longer as bad as they were under Mao; Tiananmen Square might not have been as horrible as the Great Leap Forward or the Cultural Revolution, but it was still an atrocity.
Reasonable standard as defined by whom? You? Americans?Individuals might not be under strict totalitarian control anymore, but they are still oppressed by any reasonable standard.
I guess this is where we'll have to agree to disagree.