Chinese Christians Standing Up

Tuesday, May 31, AD 2016


From Instapundit:


Between 1,200 and 1,700 crosses have come crashing down over the past two years in China’s Zhejiang Province, where the brutal repression of Christians has also seen churches demolished and pastors imprisoned, all with the blessing of top party officials. . . .

Having recognized Christianity as a potential threat to the CCP’s grip on power, Xi could be test-driving religious persecution in China’s Christian heartland before taking the policy nationwide. As we’ve said before, the ongoing persecution is not in China’s national interest; if anything, it may make Christians stronger.

Repression is turning a largely placid Christian population into deeply unhappy one. So far in Zhejiang Christian leaders have sermonized against the new policies and their parishioners have organized protests, sometimes going as far as clashing with security forces and blockading churches slated for demolition. Take this policy nationwide, and China’s government may be in for a massive showdown with a Christian community that outnumbers the Communist Party.

Onward, Christian soldiers.

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  • Not really into all the women acolytes, but after all, this is quite obviously a Protestant community.
    However, on many occasions women have proven to be as strong as men, if not more so, so I totally applaud their faithfulness, and completely agree with your last paragraph.
    When is our culture going to staunch up and face off the likes of Obama and his acolytes, and there are no shortage of his ilk in our country, our neighbor brothers the Aussies, and our ancestral migrant homelands, Britain, Holland and the rest of Catholic Europe?
    The good thing is that our present migrant Filipinos, Koreans, Chinese and Indians – all form the new Church in Asia – are giving us an example in courage and commitment to the gospel and Faith in Christ. Long may it continue.

  • The freaky thing about women is that we tend to keep the home fires burning– banked ashes when the visible flames of the male leadership are…gone.
    I know that China thinks very differently than we do, but you’d think they’d be smart enough to look over at Japan and see how “well” official repression worked.

The Middle Kingdom’s Travails

Tuesday, May 24, AD 2016



One of the most under covered stories today is what is going on in China, a land where great change is afoot including the rapid growth of Christianity.  China has entered a period of internal political instability and external bellicosity, apparently trying to pick a fight with Japan and the US in the Pacific.  Gordon Chang at The National Interest has a look at the internal strife beginning to rock China.

China may be the fastest changing place anywhere, with a people sophisticated, confident, energized and ambitious. When the one-party state stands between them and their aspirations, which is often, they usually find a way to work around obstacles, but sometimes this rambunctious people will leave the safety of homes and confront officials, even in this day of the police state.

Because of the closing of factories, the poor have started a wave of labor protests. Yet the rich also air grievances at a time of heightened sensitivity. These days, almost no complaint is too small to attract a crowd—or spread from province to province. In the middle of this month, in Nanjing and at least five other cities in Jiangsu province and in Wuhan in Hubei, parents defied riot police and took to the streets to protest the reduction in number of spots for local students in universities.

Fifty years ago, the Chinese people followed Mao onto the streets, to “learn revolution by making revolution” as he exhorted them to do. Today, Xi Jinping glorifies the Great Helmsman and demands “ideological purification,” but few are prepared to follow him into a future that looks like the past and is therefore not relevant or attractive to them. The Chinese people are not yet fearless—that could come soon—but they now think and act for themselves, often moving in directions without permission from the Communist Party.

Today, if there is any revolution in China, it is not one promoted by the new Mao, Xi Jinping. It is the one started by the Chinese people, who on their own are remaking society, outside the realm of the orthodoxy of the Communist Party and its feuding leaders.

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  • I know of many pro-nuclear bloggers who look admiringly at communist China for its program of massive nuclear power plant construction projects. China took the Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactor and is maing its own indigenous copy. Take a look at this status report on new nuclear build in China:
    Once China does this, she will be the pre-eminate nuclear power (both in energy plants and in weapons) world wide. Personally, I don’t trust a communist regime with either nuclear energy plants or nuclear weapons. Remember the USSR and Chernobyl – a mad reactor design for nuclear weapons fuel breeding that was moderated by graphite and cooled by light water, having a positive void coefficient of reactivity?
    Now that said, the currently planned Chinese reactors are PWRs and high temperature helium cooled pebble bed reactors which are demonstrably unsuited for weapons fuel production. Nevertheless, I still don’t trust any communist regime no matter how much the blogmeister at Atomic Insights – a rabid liberal progressive Democrat – extolls the vitues of China’s heavy handed government pushing though new nuclear build no matter what.

  • I’ve heard it said that the new ideology of China is money. It’d be very easy to see them going the way of Japan, struggling with the idea of individualism. Also wouldn’t be shocked to see a Lost Decade on the horizon.

    There are so many souls there. Even a tiny inroad by Christianity would bring millions to the Faith.

  • In fairness to his critics, Gordon Chang has been predicting the fall of China’s economy since 2011 — at least.
    However, Chang, almost alone, was warning about the many fake Chinese stock companies in 2010-2011, before they nearly all went belly up in those years(they were trying to infiltrate the US and world stock exchanges: they are/were nearly all shell corps, but they failed to meet our Securities and Exchange solvency requirements. Still a lot of investors got suckered.).

    Chang cannot be but correct that China is essentially hiding an enormous amount of debt, especially from its massive failed real estate developments of the last 3 years. And, add to that, that, for years, they have been taking unfathomable amounts of capital out of their production economy for their elephantine military buildup and the prohibitive associated costs of maintaining a gigantic standing army, navy and air force, as well as also its twin monolithic police state apparatus—-then, add in now the payoffs to the 8% of the country that are actual Communist Party members. It is not sustainable— as we recently saw with Venezuela.

    Give it time. It seems the natural timetable is that one can hide the red ink and IOU’s for a while, perhaps a decade or so—as in Venezuela, as in Greece—until—until That Day shall come.

    Come we know it will.

  • What do Chinese economic authorities and the US media have in common? You cannot believe a word or a number they say or write.
    How long can banks endure having 25%, or 5% for that matter, of loans not paying interest or principal? One day the house of cards must collapse.

  • “In fairness to his critics, Gordon Chang has been predicting the fall of China’s economy since 2011 — at least.”

    In fairness to their critics, Ronald Reagan and Daniel Patrick Moynihan had been predicting the fall of the Soviet Union since 1975 – at least.
    Yes, I know, a cheap shot. Still, the anarchy-dynasty-rebellion cycle cited by Don McClarey will continue until the people of a democratic China realize that the Mandate of Heaven lies in their hands and not those of their leaders.

  • I just listen to Gordon Chang’s reports regularly (and have done so for years), TomD, so I thought I should point out what “the other side” would say.

    However, Chang’s knowledge and contacts in PROC are quite amazing. It doesn’t cancel the facts and his observation at all, by my view.

  • China is probably achieving a very lucrative balance of trade, however, selling arms to states like N. Korea (I shudder to think what collateral N Korea uses to pay its bills), Iran, and we shouldn’t overlook their selling of massive amounts of armaments, especially AK47’s and ammo, to drug cartels world-wide.

    In fact, prior to the expose of “Fast and Furious”, when then-AG Eric Holder of the Just-Us Department was on a speaking spree—he gave a much-publicized speech in April, 2009, in Mexico City, the point of which was to blame US gun laws for Mexico’s drug cartel wars:

    But as Holder was talking about “all the arms smuggled in to Mexico from the US”, it was easy to find ATF and other law enforcement data showing the overwhelming bulk of captured weaponry and ammunition originated in China & N Korea (this site also links to the official pre-Obama data which was accurate in showing 90% of weaponry originates in the China connection):

    So, there is a cash-crop China can rely on for a few more years… or months… to prop itself up.

  • China will gladly extend North Korea’s tab if it forestalls a collapse and a refugee crisis.

Has the U.S. Government Betrayed Chen Guangcheng?

Wednesday, May 2, AD 2012

Matthew Archbold as well as the folks at Hot Air have done a fantastic job covering the story of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng.  Matt discussed this story a few days ago.

Chen Guancheng is a blind human rights activist who has protested his country’s forced abortions and sterilizations. After months of beatings at the hands of his guards, Chen pretended to be sick and laid up in bed. He and his wife studied the movements of the guards, according to ABC News. In the middle of the night, Guancheng slipped past nearly 100 guards stationed around his home and escaped into the night.

Matt detailed the U.S. government’s less than enthusiastic embrace of Chen, and today we have learned more troubling details that indicate that the administration has betrayed Chen.  Ed Morrissey relays this:

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng says a U.S. official told him that Chinese authorities threatened to beat his wife to death had be not left the American Embassy.

Speaking by phone from his hospital room in Beijing on Wednesday night, a shaken Chen told The Associated Press that U.S. officials relayed the threat from the Chinese side.

Chen, who fled to the embassy six day ago, left under an agreement in which he would receive medical care, be reunited with his family and allowed to attend university in a safe place. He says he now fears for his safety and wants to leave.

Chen says that the U.S. government lied to him.

An American official denied that account. The official said Mr. Chen was told that his wife, Yuan Weijing, who had been brought to Beijing by the Chinese authorities while Mr. Chen was in the American Embassy, would not be allowed to remain in the capital unless Mr. Chen left the embassy to see her. She would be sent back to Mr. Chen’s home village in Shandong, where no one could guarantee her safety.

“At no time did any U.S. official speak to Chen about physical or legal threats to his wife and children. Nor did Chinese officials make any such threats to us,” Victoria Nuland, the State Department spokesperson, said in an e-mailed statement. “U.S. interlocutors did make clear that if Chen elected to stay in the Embassy, Chinese officials had indicated to us that his family would be returned to Shandong, and they would lose their opportunity to negotiate for reunification.”…

“At no point during his time in the Embassy did Chen ever request political asylum in the U.S.,” Ms. Nuland said. “At every opportunity, he expressed his desire to stay in China, reunify with his family, continue his education and work for reform in his country. All our diplomacy was directed at putting him in the best possible position to achieve his objectives.”

As Allahpundit says, this is a distinction without a difference.  One way or the other Chen was led to believe that his wife’s life was in danger, or at the very least was threatened with physical harm.  Either way, Chen was clearly upset.

“The embassy kept lobbying me to leave and promised to have people stay with me at the hospital,” he said. “But this afternoon, as soon as I checked into the hospital room, I noticed they were all gone.”

He said he was “very disappointed” in the U.S. government and felt “a little” that he had been lied to by the embassy.

At the hospital, where he was reunited with his family, he said he learned that his wife had been badly treated after his escape.

“She was tied to a chair by police for two days,” he said. “Then they carried thick sticks to our house, threatening to beat her to death. Now they have moved into the house. They eat at our table and use our stuff. Our house is teeming with security — on the roof and in the yard. They installed seven surveillance cameras inside the house and built electric fences around the yard.”

At this point it’s impossible to determine exactly what has happened, and whether or not the State Department and the Obama administration sold Chen out just to remain in China’s good graces.  One would like to think the best of this president and assume that he would not betray a heroic dissident in order to keep an evil,authoritarian government happy.  One would also have to be hopelessly naive to blindly make such an assumption.

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  • Well, the ChiComs are one of the biggest owners of our national debt. Who
    pays the piper calls the tune– we’re going to have to learn to do what our
    overlords want…

  • Well, you know, as Sec. Clinton said, we can’t let these human rights issues destroy our national security interests or financial interests or ENVIRONMENTAL interests……silly human rights.

  • That would be the second dissident asylum seeker betrayed this year.

    It’s fascinating: we won’t turn over Uighurs designated as enemy combatants because we are afraid for their welfare, but we’ll chuck back two men who share the values of this nation (albeit not the current occupants of Washington) without a second thought.

    Now I’m going to stop because otherwise I’m going to make several intemperate references to the sexual practices and dubious parentage of said occupants.

    Maybe I need to vote for Romney after all.

  • And if Obama were to gain a second term Dale, imagine how much more “flexibility” he would have to betray this nation’s ideals, beliefs and interests. He is beginning to nudge James Buchanan for top spot on my presidential list of shame.

  • “One would like to think the best of this president . . .”

    One would like $2 steaks and for all teenagers to respect and heed thier parents’ wisdom. One would like self-mowing lawns and 200-mpg cars possessed with zip and style. One would like his wife to budget before she spends.

    And all of that is more likely than anything resembling “best” to ever be found in “this president.”

  • How can we assume that the US government just left Chen at the hospital? I mean maybe they went to get coffee er um some good Chinese food (they are in China after all) and maybe some escorts. I mean who knows!! We have to give them the benefit of the doubt. HATERS!!

  • “One would like his wife to budget before she spends.”

    You are a dreamer. 🙂

  • “You are a dreamer.”

    But I’m not the only one . . . and it was quite a list of fantasy wishes, wasn’t it?

  • Yes it was. I am going to use them elsewhere and claim credit.

  • Shaw thinks Chen would be “better off” in Chiner if Obama gets re-elected.

  • I came to this article out of concern for the “Blind (generic) Activist”. But, now I find I have to assure WK Aiken and Phillip:

    I, a wife, am responsible for the household budget and spend/save accordingly. (And, for the record, I learned how to budget from my Mom.) Still, the rest of your list would be great!

  • It shames me to say this, but perhaps Chen Guangcheng would have fared better if
    he’d fled to the Russian embassy. My God, where is this country going?

  • Thanks, Meli, for restoring my faith in the sanctity of marital bond and domestic responsibility. Were this not a public forum, I’d give you my home number so you might instruct my spouse as to the benefits of your approach. As it is, I shall simply shore up hope and renew my supplications to The Almighty that someday, before we go to our rocking chairs, this too shall have passed.

  • WK – at least post if you find that $2 steak!

  • I have a US $5 gold piece or a few silver dollars that can buy a side of beef.

  • (Is it just me, or does it seem that Nixon going to China was a very, very bad move?)

    Despicable. Both the Chinese government, and the Obama administration’s actions.

    It’s funny, but whenever I get into an argument a discussion about America’s relationship with China, they always claim that by buying Chinese goods and being friendly with China, we’re giving the Chinese people the means to live well so that they can afford to start thinking about freedom and human rights and then will encoruage their government to follow, etc.

    That tactic doesn’t seem to be working…

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