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Christianity Today: Despite the effort of hundreds of Chinese Christians who formed a “human shield” to defend their brand-new megachurch, reports of its demolition have emerged from southern China.
Thousands of Chinese Christians have united in the city of Wenzhou to form a 24-hour human shield around the Sanjiang Christian Church, amidst threats from the Communist authorities to demolish the building.
Telegraph: “Communist officials in China have denied waging a ‘demolition campaign’ against churches in the country’s most Christian regions, after reportedly ordering a dozen to be destroyed.”
Peter Berger at The American Interest: “Saying that religious freedom is important because it leads to economic prosperity may strike some as unnecessarily amoral. But we should not be overly disturbed by narrow interests bringing about morally desirable consequences.”
South China Morning Post: “The International Christian School in Sha Tin, which has about 1,200 pupils, requires existing staff and job applicants to sign a contract that makes having a gay relationship or living with someone of the same sex outside marriage a sackable offence.”
Religion Clause: “In Chang Qiang Zhu v. Holder, (2d Cir., Jan. 23, 2013), the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded for further proceedings the denial by an Immigration Judge of an application for asylum, withholding of removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture brought by a Chinese Christian man who claimed religious persecution in China.”
The Asahi Shimbun: “A senior Chinese official called for stricter management of religious activities, state media said on Jan. 27, following explosions in China’s western region of Xinjiang which authorities say were masterminded by a religious militant.”
Wall Street Journal: “A Myanmar politician said this week that he was preparing to seek legal limits on interfaith and interethnic marriage, specifically targeting Chinese and Muslim minority groups and underscoring how ethnic and religious tensions still run deep in the Southeast Asian country.”
Associated Press: “A Chinese court on Tuesday convicted a doctor of baby trafficking and sentenced her to death with a two-year reprieve, after she admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them.”
WORLD Mag: “Wu Yongyuan wants his government to pay up. Chinese officials owe his family compensation, he says, for forcing his wife to submit to an abortion while she was seven months pregnant, subsequently ruining her mental health. After the traumatic abortion in 2011, she became violent and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.”
CNSNews: Famed film director Zhang Yimou must pay more than $1.2 million in fines for having three children in violation of China’s strict family planning rules, officials said Thursday.
AP: When her mind is clear, Gong Qifeng can recall how she begged for mercy. Several people pinned her head, arms, knees and ankles to a hospital bed before driving a syringe of labor-inducing drugs into her stomach.
AP: Chinese authorities have refused to accept a family application seeking medical parole for the imprisoned nephew of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, the nephew’s mother said Friday.
Charisma News: The eight UNHRC member states on the group’s second annual World Freedom of Religion or Belief Prisoners List, released Monday, are Morocco, China and Saudi Arabia (whose new three-year terms begin Wednesday) and current members India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Libya and South Korea.
AP: A Chinese doctor has admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them to human traffickers, state media and a court said.
Radio Free Asia: Four Uyghur women in China’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have been forced by authorities to undergo abortions—one of them nine months into her pregnancy—under Beijing’s brutally-enforced one-child policy, local officials and parents said.
The Guardian: Exam to be based on 700-page manual that prohibits published reports from featuring comments that go against party line.
AP: Chinese authorities have been withholding residence visas for reporters working for The New York Times and Bloomberg in apparent retaliation for the agencies’ investigative stories on wealth accumulated by leaders’ families.
LifeNews: Now a powerful new study from China published last week by Yubei Huang and colleagues suggests otherwise. The article, a meta-analysis pooling 36 studies from 14 provinces in China,showed that abortion increased the risk of breast cancer by 44% with one abortion, and 76% and 89% with two and three abortions.
CNSNews: Amid tensions over China’s bid to exert sovereignty over a Japanese-controlled but contested area of the East China Sea, Beijing has dispatched its only aircraft carrier for the first time to the South China Sea, where it is embroiled in further disputes with neighboring countries.
The Hill: A pair of American B-52 bombers flew unannounced into a recently established Chinese no-fly zone in the East China Sea, in a direct rebuke of Beijing’s asserted authority over the area.
The Guardian: This week, Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, was quoted as saying during a speech in Washington: “We can end government censorship in a decade. The solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything.” Earlier this week, we at greatfire.org successfully unblocked the Reuters Chinese website, which had been blocked on 15 November. We also unblocked the China Digital Times website, which has been blocked in China for years . . .
Voice of America: China’s top court has ruled out forced confessions and vowed to reduce miscarriage of justice, in a move that highlights increasing policy emphasis on legal reform.
AP: China has no intention of abandoning family planning controls soon despite announcing it would ease the one-child policy, a government spokesman said Tuesday, adding that the policy could be loosened further in the future.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Today – one day after the announcement – Chinese officials quickly downplayed the tweak, saying changing the one-child policy would be too disruptive. “The basic policy of family planning will need to be upheld over the long term and we cannot rest up on this,” Wang Peian posted on China’s health ministry website.
CNSNews: Three days after Beijing announced a tweak to its birth-limitation rules, a film exploring gendercide, one of the most reprehensible consequences of the “one-child policy,” will have its first screening in Chinese territory on Monday.
LifeNews: Similarly, last Friday the mainstream media ran such optimistic headlines as “China Reforms: One-child policy to be relaxed” and “China to ease One Child Policy.” In apparent response to quell speculation that this small adjustment represents a major reform,Xinhua ran another report over the weekend: “Birth policy changes are no big deal.”
Wesley Smith at National Review: Oh good grief. I read a headline saying China was relaxing its tyrannical one-child policy. Great! No more forced abortions? No more female infanticide? People free to plan the size of their own families?
Fox News: China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam are among the nations running unopposed for seats on the Human Rights Council, the U.N.’s highest rights watchdog body, a prospect that has independent human rights groups crying foul.
Yahoo Finance: In America, meanwhile, 29 members of Congress will meet this week as the latest, greatest ‘super-committee’ picks up the can that was kicked down the road last month. If the committee isn’t able to come up with a budget deal by Dec. 13, the world’s largest economy could suffer another government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires Jan. 15, followed by another potential debt ceiling crisis a month later. In other words, China continues to plan years ahead while America is too consumed with partisan battles to successfully deal with issues of immediate importance, much less address long-term issues.
Catholic Culture: A pastoral letter by a Chinese bishop who is under house arrest has been blocked from internet circulation by Chinese officials, the AsiaNews service reports.
Jared Genser at Washington Post: In recent decades, China’s economy has grown about 10 percent a year, lifting more than 500 million people out of poverty, generating wealth for the middle class and expanding global trade. But as the world’s most populous nation has become an increasingly important player on the international stage, it has also brazenly refused to respect fundamental human rights at home. Nowhere is this more evident than the continued persecution of high-profile rights activists and their families.
QZ.com: China doesn’t just exert heavy control over state media; its influence over media outlets outside China is expanding, according to a new report by Freedom House . . . Perhaps most remarkable is that the traditionally critical Chinese-language press outside the mainland are starting to fall in line. The report notes that in Hong Kong, influential newspapers like the Ming Pao Daily, Sing Tao Daily and Sing Pao are now controlled by tycoons with core business interests on the mainland and who have close ties to officials.
Reuters: Western countries accused China on Tuesday of arresting activists, curbing Internet use and suppressing ethnic minorities, as the United Nations formally reviewed its rights record for the first time since Xi Jinping became president.
EuroNews: There are close to 30 million slaves worldwide with India home to nearly half, a new report has claimed. The Global Slavery Index 2013, the first of its kind, estimates there are 13.9 million people living as slaves in India. China is a distant second with 2.9m slaves; followed by Pakistan with 2.1m; Nigeria 0.7m; and Ethiopia 0.6m.
Chriss W. Street at Breitbart: Having benefited for twenty years from their under-valued currency, importing manufacturing jobs, and exporting lower priced products, China’s comparative advantage is being destroyed by America’s oil and natural gas fracking boom. The Chinese communist authorities are terrified their loss of competitiveness will cause unemployment and the social consequences that flow from it. But with the terms of trade now substantially against China, convincing the world to dump the U.S. dollar as reserve currency and switch to the Chinese “renminbi” is their best hope to try to save tens of millions of manufacturing jobs.
Chen Guangcheng at Public Discourse: Renowned human-rights activist Chen Guangcheng calls on American citizens to recognize that China’s barbaric violations of human dignity threaten justice on a global scale. Americans must take practical, immediate actions, no matter how small, to abolish these atrocities.
WorldNetDaily: It’s China and an ultrasound reveals an unborn baby girl in a family known to use abortion to make sure its offspring are male.
AFP on Google: A US government commission said Thursday that China’s human rights record has not improved under the country’s new leadership and raised concerns on issues from minority rights to forced abortion.
Christian Post: “[The] Chinese human rights situation really demands or requires more public education to the free world because people now see China more on the economic booming, skyscrapers…the military might, but not very many, from the freedom deficit and repressive and also the freedom hungry inside China,” Fu told The Christian Post.
Washington Times: A pregnant Chinese mother of one was unceremoniously yanked from her bed in the middle of the night, dragged to a medical facility and forced to abort her unborn child, just three months shy of her projected delivery date.
LifeSiteNews: In an exclusive interview with ChinaAid.org, 31-year-old Li Fengfei relayed the horrifying story of her forced abortion at the hands of Chinese family planning officials. Li was newly pregnant with an unauthorized second child in her hometown of Qingmen, Qinsha county, in April when superiors at her job unlawfully framed her for embezzling money from the business.
AP: Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng announced Wednesday that he had new affiliations with three U.S. institutions after leaving New York University under disputed circumstances. He said they would provide him a fresh platform to speak out against the Chinese’s government’s “inhumane brutality.”
AP: China’s notoriously opaque courts have suddenly embraced social media to provide a window into their proceedings, to boost a skeptical public’s confidence in the country’s Communist Party-controlled legal system.
LifeNews: The United Nations estimates nearly 200 million girls around the world are “missing.” Why? A new documentary entitled “It’s a Girl” asks this heartbreaking question and provides an equally heartbreaking answer: gendercide. From the film’s official website . . .
Forum 18: In a system established by China’s communist rulers in the 1950s, five state-backed religious headquarter bodies have an official monopoly over all legal religious activity in the country. Only Buddhist, Catholic (independent of the Vatican), Daoist, Islamic and Protestant Christian groups under these headquarter bodies can gain legal status. Yet while this monopoly is gradually being eroded, Forum 18 News Service notes that other religious communities wonder if, when and how the Chinese government will open up to allow any religious community that wants it to gain legal status.
Telegraph: China’s increasing crackdown on organised dissent appeared to intensify on Friday after a billionaire businessman linked to a nascent civil rights movement was detained by police.
C-FAM: With its announcement of possible reforms, China has implicitly admitted its forty year-old one child per-family policy has been a failure. The rules led to draconian abuses. There were an estimated 336 million abortions, including forced abortions and sterilizations at the hands of a powerful and intrusive family planning establishment controlling the most intimate aspects of Chinese life.
LifeNews: ChinaAid learned on Aug. 26, 2013 that Chinese Christian Wang Xuebai had been out of contact for several days. It is believed that Wang was detained in connection with her appeals to the government on behalf of her husband.
Reuters: The most prominent Catholic in greater China warned on Tuesday of violence in Hong Kong next year as a planned campaign of civil disobedience demanding full democracy possibly sparks a backlash from the government after unnerving Beijing.
LifeNews: A new report from a top international human rights group indicates a Chinese woman has come forward to share the nightmarish details of her forced abortion at nine months of pregnancy.
Independent: A six-year-old Chinese boy has had his eyeballs gouged out by an organ trafficker who stole his corneas to sell on the black market.
his is one of a series of cases in which we have similarly upheld the BIA’s determination that there have not been changed country conditions for Christians returned to China who wish to practice in unregistered churches, such as to warrant an exception to the time limits on motions to reopen.
CNSNews: The final installment of a federal grant worth over $2 million has been awarded by the National Institutes of Health to a researcher studying how cultural stigmas affect the sexual behavior of homosexual men in China.
Catholic Culture: The arrest of Father Song Wanjun, 39, by 10 policemen continues a local pattern of persecution of clergy faithful to the Holy See.
CNSNews: “The Chinese Communist Party periodically modifies the one-child policy, but the coercion at its core remains,” she said. “Reports of these tweaks – especially when mischaracterized by western media – throw the human rights world into confusion and blunt genuine efforts to end forced abortion in China.”
AP: The United States is deeply concerned about what it sees as a deteriorating human rights situation in China, with relatives of activists increasingly being harassed and policies in ethnic areas becoming more repressive, a senior U.S. diplomat said Friday.
LifeSiteNews: Two Family Planning Officials were killed and four suffered injuries Tuesday after a man attacked their office, reported state-run Chinese media. Reports said the man, a father of four, carried knives into the Dongxing City Family Planning Bureau after officials refused to register his over-quota child.
LifeNews: Woman in China’s Guizhou province is in critical condition after family planning officials beat her and forced her to submit to an abortion. The woman, named Li Fengfei, was 18 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion.
AP: A woman who became a symbol for the groundswell of opposition to China’s labor camp system scored a rare victory Monday in an appeal for compensation in a case that generated a huge public outcry.
Times of India: The Tibetan parliament-in-exile has condemned the firing by Chinese police on Tibetans celebrating the birthday of their spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, in Tawu region in eastern Tibet on July 6.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The Daily Beast reports that supporters of the blind human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng are accusing NYU of booting the activist unfairly due to his pro-life and pro-family views.
Religion Clause Blog: Yesterday the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a press release calling on U.S. officials to raise with the Chinese the cases of prominent religious prisoners and human rights lawyers in China.
National Post: A crack has appeared in China’s decades-old campaign against the Dalai Lama, with some monasteries reporting that they are no longer being forced to denounce the Tibetan religious leader.
AP: New wording in the law requiring people to visit or keep in touch with their elderly parents or risk being sued came into force Monday, as China faces increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population.
LifeNews: A dissertation submitted to the University of Hong Kong found that children in China are more likely to face serious health complications, including death, if their mothers have had multiple induced abortions.
AP: Chen Guangcheng said he is convinced that rapidly growing yearnings for freedoms and human rights among the Chinese will eventually “put an end to the authoritarian rule” in the communist country.
The Hill: The State Department on Wednesday labeled Russia and China as two of the world’s worst sex-trafficking offenders, putting them in the same category as a rogues’ gallery of 21 nations including Iran, Syria and North Korea.
LifeSiteNews: The Chinese government has given notice to citizens of the city Huizhou that all women of childbearing age must be fitted with Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) or be permanently sterilized via tubal ligations.
AP: China has announced that individuals and groups are banned from privately adopting abandoned infants, in a country where tens of thousands are abandoned each year and where baby trafficking has been a perennial problem.