“As open democratic societies and market economies, the EU and the U.S. agree on the strategic challenge presented by China’s growing international assertiveness.”
US Slaps New Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials Who Engage in Human Rights Abuses
“China’s authoritarian rulers impose draconian restrictions on the Chinese people’s freedoms of expression, religion or belief, association, and the right to peaceful assembly. The United States has been clear that perpetrators of human rights abuses like these are not welcome in our country,” Pompeo said.
“In name, the partnerships are to promote cultural exchange and economic collaboration. However, the Chinese regime has exploited these relationships. It is Beijing’s ‘newest political weapon.’” said Senator Marsha Blackburn, and added: “We must shed light on these partnerships to determine whether they leave American communities vulnerable to foreign espionage and ideological coercion.”
But in fact, the gravest threat to the future of religious freedom is the Chinese Communist Party’s war against people of all faiths: Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, and Falun Gong practitioners alike.
‘Even with Handcuffs, I Feel at Peace’: Pro-democracy Media Mogul Jimmy Lai Says Apple Daily Won’t Change, but No More Protest Activism
Lai is among 13 democrats and public figures accused of incitement in connection with a banned vigil commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre on June 4th. He also faces multiple charges over last year’s pro-democracy protests which were triggered by a now-withdrawn extradition bill.
<!–[CDATA[ MASSIMO INTROVIGNE | BITTER WINTER Seven NGOs supporting the spiritual movement have been banned by the Russian government. They include the anti-organ-harvesting organization DAFOH. On July 17, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom published a document denouncing the anti-cult ideology in Russia. Bitter Winter noted how the document is important for China as well, as China and Russia co-operate […]
Gao Feng and Tseng Yat-yiu | Radio Free Asia China on Friday ordered the closure of the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu, in a tit-for-tat retaliation for the closure of its Houston consulate by Washington. The move came after the ruling Chinese Communist Party said it would retaliate after the consulate in […]
<!–[CDATA[ VOA News For Jimmy Lai, a prominent pro-democracy figure and the founder of Hong Kong’s best-selling newspaper Apple Daily, the prospect of going to jail had never felt so real. “Things are getting so bad, anything like this can happen any day,” he said. Facing seven charges, including organizing and participating in […]
<!–[CDATA[ Lin Yang, Nike Ching, Yi-Hua Lee, and Tina Chung | Voice of America China’s decision to propose new legislation tightening control over Hong Kong has sparked a wave of condemnation from American lawmakers and officials, in yet another sign of worsening relations between the economic superpowers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement Friday saying he “condemns” […]
Cathy He | New Tang Dynasty The Chinese regime has been appointed to a panel on the United Nations (U.N.) Human Rights Council that helps select the body’s rights investigators—despite its long track record of severe rights abuses against religious groups, dissidents, and ethnic minorities. Jiang Duan, minister at China’s mission to the U.N. in […]