Anthony Kuhn reports that the government of China is continuing to restrict groups practicing qi-gong - an ancient Chinese practice — because of fears about their charismatic leaders. Qi-gong is an integral part of China's two main religions, Buddhism and Toaism, but practitioners often have other agendas. Last year, a major organization, Falun Gong, surrounded government offices demanding official recognition.
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