Religion is anathema to the atheist Communist Party that rules China, and the menu of policy choices for regime leaders has been limited to “crush, control, or co-opt.” The administration of Chinese leader Xi Jinping has, so far, largely remained in this mold.
But even in the face of this panoply of restrictions and punishments, religious believers in China continue to grow in number, according to findings by Freedom House, a human rights NGO based in the United States.
In a recent court hearing in southwestern China, a public prosecutor indirectly stated that he could find no legal basis for the campaign of prohibition and persecution against the Chinese spiritual discipline Falun Gong—a highly unusual statement in the context of an officially-led movement to criminalize and brutally attack practitioners of the meditation school for nearly two decades.
The Chinese regime’s growing influence over Hollywood is different from the rise of any other power in any industry. It is not being done through quality products or national innovation with which other nations can compete.
Instead, in its takeover of Hollywood, the Chinese regime is using methods that may violate laws in the United States and under the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Xiaodan Wang and her husband, Jeff Nenarella, are disappointed when they arrived back from their trip to China on Aug. 9 empty-handed.
They were a hair’s breadth away from rescuing Xiaodan’s almost 68-year-old father who was persecuted in a Chinese labor camp for 15 years, and is now being watched closely under house arrest at his home in Beijing.
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Resolution 343 on the evening of June 13, 2016. The resolution calls on China's communist regime to immediately stop forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience.
Questions about human rights are “irresponsible,” “full of prejudice,” and “totally unacceptable,” said Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in a vehement rebuke of a Canadian reporter who dared raise the issue at a June 2 event held at the headquarters of Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa.
“It is the Chinese people who are in the best situation, in the best position to have a say about China’s human rights situation,” he said via an interpreter.
May 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, a destructive Chinese political movement launched by communist dictator Mao Zedong. The campaign created tens of millions of victims, particularly among intellectuals and other “class enemies.”
In ten years of mandated chaos, millions were killed or driven to suicide in state-sanctioned violence, while zealous young ideologues, the infamous Red Guards, travelled about the country destroying and denigrating China’s traditions and heritage.
WASHINGTON—The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)’s hearing on April 14 on systematic torture commonly used in Communist China’s detention facilities was sobering and disturbing. The witnesses provided graphic detail of what they had personally seen and experienced.
The primary purpose of torture in China is to coerce confessions to crimes. It is also employed to breakdown the subject’s will and humiliate him or her. For example, it has been employed extensively on Falun Gong adherents to make them renounce their beliefs and practice.
Li Dongsheng, a powerful Communist Party official who once ran China’s Gestapo-like secret police force, as well as serving as vice minister of public security, was sentenced to jail for 15 years on Jan. 12. The news was publicized by China Central Television, the official broadcast mouthpiece of the Chinese regime, and other official media channels.
Miss World Canada, Anastasia Lin, was midway over the Atlantic Ocean when the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa decided to tell a reporter she was not welcome in China.
The beauty queen had been excited to make the trip and had kept the details absolutely confidential. A small group put together a last ditch effort to get her to the Miss World 2015 competition in Sanya, China.