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Church plans draw protest in China


The academics argue that the church’s size could upstage the Confucius temple, located less than 3km away.

While its complex is more sprawling, the temple’s tallest building is about 45m high.

Qufu’s Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau director Kong Wei (孔偉) had no comment on Friday evening.

In an e-mail, Stephen Angle, a professor of philosophy at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, said Chinese cities and architecture “take the relative statuses of buildings and their associated roles into account, and so there is indeed some ground for the concern that the church’s design may be inappropriate, given the location.”

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