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Falun Gong is an international movement, though primarily Chinese, that is often referred to as a 'religion' (or, by its critics, as a 'cult'), though it is not a religion in the Western sense. Like other Asian 'religions,' such as Buddhism and Confucianism--on both of which Falun Gong draws--there is no deity. The emphasis is on spiritual self-perfection through prescribed physical exercises; in this respect the movement has affinities with traditional Chinese medicine. China persecutes adherents to Falun Gong and an applicant for asylum need not have experienced persecution in order to have a well-founded fear of future persecution, Diallo v. Ashcroft, 381 F.3d 687, 699 (7th Cir. 2004); Sivaainkaran v. INS, 972 F.2d 161, 165 n. 2 (7th Cir. 1992); Knezevic v. Ashcroft, 367 F.3d 1206, 1212 (9th Cir. 2004), which suffices for a claim of asylum. Capric v. Ashcroft, 355 F.3d 1075, 1084-85 (7th Cir. 2004); Yadegar-Sargis v. INS, 297 F.3d 596, 601-02 (7th Cir. 2002); Krastev v. INS, 292 F.3d 1268, 1270 (10th Cir. 2002).

As Falun Gong is neither theistic nor, so far as appears, political, the ferocious antipathy to it by the Chinese government--that government's determination to eradicate it root and branch--is ...

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