China's only visible anti-war movement is seeking official support for projects ranging from protests to a death-toll counter in a public place. Beijing Peace Action, whose 70 members come from six countries, hopes more Chinese will eventually join. But many see it as too risky, even though the government has condemned the war. Authorities are watching the group's activities but have not interfered, members say. The group was formed last Thursday by two British magazine editors. 'We felt this called for a response from citizens,' Jim Weldon said. 'Compared to protests elsewhere, it's practically nothing, but just the fact that it's in China is something.' To spread the word, the group opened a hotline, contacted fellow expatriates such as consultants, media professionals and embassy staff members and opened an Internet site that already has generated a steady stream of activity ideas and war-related news stories. Members oppose the war for varied reasons, and those who come from coalition-force countries want Chinese people to know they oppose the campaign even though their governments back it. Americans and Australians are among the members. Last Friday, the Beijing Peace Action attracted 65 people to a protest in the Beijing embassy district and displayed banners for about five minutes, until police dispersed them. On Monday a group member spent more than an hour asking police for permission to demonstrate again this Sunday. She said police suggested moving the venue out of the embassy area but did not approve or reject the application. Police copied the passports of some demonstrators on Friday and visited a bar where six of them regrouped that night to discuss strategy, Mr Weldon said. Yesterday, one member suggested mounting a death-toll scoreboard in Beijing and a bell that would ring with every word of a war casualty. Group members also are writing postcards, making posters and organising debates. They also plan to post an anti-war petition on the Internet. Chinese people, most of whom oppose the war, could take part in the more private activities but probably not in the protests, Yugoslavian-born group member Elaida Turkovic said. Three or four members are Chinese citizens.