There are ten-thousand new Christians every day in the underground church and that is why it is critically important they receive bibles.
— Undercover Missionary to Tibet
Among China’s five approved religions, Christianity is the only one whose sacred text the government does not allow all public bookstores to sell.
— Christianity Today

bible smuggling is still NECESSARY. 

Hope Vineyard partners with missionaries who smuggle the word of God to China and Tibet.  Due to the sheer size of the Chinese population and the limited amount of government-approved printers, legal Chinese translation bibles are extremely limited in their quantity and variety. 

Possession or distribution of bibles printed outside of China is still considered a punishable crime. Connected missionaries and contacts in the underground church must remain unidentified.