Unity among Chinese Protestants is an important factor in the rapid growth of the church in China, the General Secretary of the China Christian Council, the Rev Kan Baoping, said during a visit to the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

A seven-member delegation with top leadership from the China Christian Council met with the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and other staff of church organisations based at the Ecumenical Centre on Monday 6 December 2010.

It was the 4th such visit to the WCC secretariat since the post-denominational China Christian Council (CCC) was established in 1980. The most recent visit took place in 2003. The CCC, which counted some 19 million members in 2009, was reunited with the WCC fellowship in 1991 at the Canberra Assembly.

In a Round Table meeting organised by the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches, the members of the delegation made presentations on three themes which are pertinent to the life and witness of the church in China – “religious policies in China”, “the role of religion in promoting a ‘harmonious society'” and “the role of the church in today’s China”.

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