While Communist China moves aggressively to spread its influence throughout the Pacific region and around the world, the government is expanding a crackdown against people of faith at home. To ensure that its citizens comply with the edicts and beliefs of the state, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is targeting Christians for persecution and ethnic Muslims for genocide. On February 1, 2021, Chinese police stormed onto the property of a government-sanctioned church in China’s Wenzhou City to topple a cross from the roof of a church building for a second time. They had removed the cross seven years earlier, but church members replaced it. Bob Fu Founder of China Aid, a group that helps China’s persecuted Christians said “In that city alone we have documented over 1,600 churches where their crosses were being burnt or destroyed.
Fu went on “Many pastors have been detained or imprisoned.”. China’s Christians say it is the worst persecution against them since Chairman Mao Zedong. “To use ambassador Sam Brownback’s word, ‘it’s a war against the faith,’” Fu explained. “And it’s no longer limited to certain regions of China.” Voice of the Martyrs Radio Host Todd Nettleton says this massive wave of Christian persecution is widespread and it’s coming from the national government. “What we say in 2021 is that everywhere in China there is intense persecution of Christians. There are intense efforts to control the church, to bring the church under Communist Party control,” he explained. The crackdown is affecting every Christian in China said Nettleton, Protestants, Catholics, government registered churches, and unregistered house churches.
And Fu said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a new excuse for targeting Christians. “Under the pretext of Covid-19 coronavirus, the CCP has intensified its persecution by banning all church activities, even those worship services, prayer meetings in believer’s own homes with their own family members.” On July 22, 2020, a Christian woman heard a loud knock on the door of her home in China’s Xiamen City. She refused to allow police to enter her home without a permit. Moments later, they destroyed the lock and entered anyway, breaking up what the government said was an “illegal” meeting. Fu said it was another example of President Xi Jing Ping’s campaign of Sinicization, which means Christians are only considered to be good citizens if they adhere to communist ideology.
“Ironically, Xi Jinping’s portrait was even put on the church pulpit along with Chairman Mao and the first line item of worship by the government-sanctioned church before Covid-19 was to sing the Communist Party National Anthem,” Fu explained. And examples go beyond churches. In Fuzhou City, a Catholic family was forced out of their government-subsidized housing after they refused to remove religious icons from their home. And China’s Religious Affairs Bureau has banned “religious funeral ceremonies” and preaching in funeral places. Meanwhile, Christians aren’t the only ones suffering. Ethnic Uyghurs in a region the Chinese government calls Xinjiang are under attack. When he served as U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo described Uyghur suffering as “one of the worst human rights crises of our time… truly the stain of the century.”
One day before he left his post Pompeo officially announced that China was committing genocide against the Uyghurs and Turkic people. New US Secretary of State Antony Blinken supports the genocide designation. For years, the Chinese government has forced Uyghur women to undergo abortions and forced sterilizations. Twitter recently locked the account of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. for tweeting that Uyghur women have been emancipated from being “baby-making machines.” The US Department of Defence says as many as 3-million Uyghurs are being forcibly detained in re-education and forced labour camps. Appearing on CBN News, Prime Minister of East Turkistan’s government-in-exile Salih Hudayar said China is using the camps as a place to brainwash Uyghurs and harvest their organs for profit with detainees being used as slave labour.
“Millions are working in slave labour factories producing products for companies like Apple, Nike, Costco, and dozens of others,” insisted Hudayar. And Uyghurs are reportedly being used to manufacture solar panels for export to the US and elsewhere. The Chinese government calls it a “poverty reduction” effort. The US Department of State is alerting corporate CEOs and others about China’s use of Uyghur slave labour so they won’t become involved. Despite the suffering, Bob Fu is expressing optimism about the country’s spiritual future. He says when the CCP seized government control in 1947, only about one million people in China claimed to be Christian. But today, after 70-years of unrelenting persecution, their numbers have grown to 130-million. “I think at the end of the day we should call President Xi Jin Ping God’s faithful servant to revive His church.”