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China Unlikely to Ease Crackdown on Shouwang House Church

Posted by Author on May 19, 2011


Mission Network News,  China (MNN) ―  Making waves on NPR, CNN, BBC and the New York Times, the story of one persecuted house church has struck international chords.

The Shouwang Church in Beijing has been in a battle of rights with China for years, but the struggle has only just come into focus for most. The 1,000-member church was ousted from its building when their landlord was pressured by officials to evict them. For the six weeks following, Shouwang members have been meeting publicly outside. Read the rest of this entry »

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Detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei allowed to see wife, after 6 weeks

Posted by Author on May 16, 2011


BEIJING — Chinese authorities allowed dissident artist Ai Weiwei to see his wife on Sunday, the first time family or friends have had contact with him since police took Ai into custody six weeks ago, his sister and a family friend said.

The secretive meeting was launched Sunday afternoon, when Ai’s wife Lu Qing received a call from her local police station in Beijing, according to family friend Liu Xiaoyuan, an attorney. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Continues Totalitarians’ Historic Oppression of Christians

Posted by Author on May 15, 2011


by Bruce Walker –

Every incarnation of totalitarianism must eventually war with Christianity. Sometimes this is simply outright persecution of any type of Christianity. More often, though, brutal regimes have manifested their hatred of Christianity by rigorously oppressing genuine and independent Christian faith and replacing it with a state-sponsored and state-controlled “Christianity.”

Writers in imperial Japan before WWII documented this totalitarian control by their own government. In his book Darkness of the Sun: The Story of Christianity in the Japanese Empire, Richard Terrill Baker described the special, virulent hatred the Japanese felt toward Christianity: Read the rest of this entry »

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Catching Scent of Revolution, China Moves to Snip Jasmine Flower

Posted by Author on May 14, 2011


DAXING, China — Do not be lulled by its intoxicating fragrance or the dainty, starlike blossoms whose whiteness suggests innocence and purity. Jasmine, a stalwart of Chinese tea and the subject of a celebrated folk song often heard while on hold with provincial bureaucrats, is not what it seems.

Since Tunisian revolutionaries this year anointed their successful revolt against the country’s dictatorial president the “Jasmine Revolution,” this flowering cousin of the olive tree has been branded a nefarious change-agent by the skittish men who keep the Chinese Communist Party in power. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ai Weiwei and China’s assault on truth

Posted by Author on May 12, 2011


by Phelim Kine-

In the midst of China’s worst spike in official repression in more than a decade, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao spoke out April 14 about the need for his government to “encourage people to speak truthfully.” The irony of Mr. Wen’s words would not be lost on the globally recognized activist-artist Ai Weiwei, just one of dozens of artists, lawyers, civil society activists and bloggers detained, arrested or missing since mid-February. The crackdown, sparked by official fears of a possible Middle Eastern-style “jasmine revolution” that could threaten the Chinese Communist Party’s 61-year monopoly on power, shows no sign of abating. Read the rest of this entry »

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A founding document for a new China

Posted by Author on May 12, 2011


by Michael Gerson-

Over the past five Sundays, more than 100 members of the Shouwang Church in Beijing have been detained to prevent them from meeting. It is a confrontation between state and conscience with broad implications for the future of China.

A member of the church, speaking to me anonymously, described the congregation as mainly “intellectuals and professionals.” What began as a Bible study group for university students has grown to 1,000 worshipers — the Chinese equivalent of a mega-church. “The Christians are very serious Christians,” she told me. “They are not political at all. They respect the government, love the country, respect authority. But they want to follow God, to engage in normal Christian practice.” And they find such practice impossible in China’s state-sponsored churches, which were initially designed to keep religion a government-controlled monopoly. Read the rest of this entry »

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5th week: China arrests more Christians

Posted by Author on May 9, 2011


BEIJING (BP)–At least 13 members of a Beijing church were arrested Sunday, May 8, in the fifth straight week of its defiance of the Chinese government, which continued to force people out of their homes in an effort to pressure the congregation.

One family learned they were being kicked out of their home at 6:40 Sunday morning, before the service even began.

The high-profile clash between the government and Shouwang Church — one of the largest unregistered illegal churches in Beijing — has led to hundreds of house arrests or detentions. More than 500 church members were placed under arrest on Easter weekend alone, prevented from leaving their houses or apartments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t pick a fight with China’s Christians

Posted by Author on May 5, 2011


China’s security establishment is in a ruthless mood at the moment, taking on the “tall poppies” of the law, the media, the blogosphere and the arts without apparent fear of a backlash from a public that instinctively knows the value of compliance, and the price of defiance.

However, there is another, much larger grouping, that is also heading for a collision with the “Goon State” (that’s the Economist’s) and with potentially much more serious consequences – the millions of Evangelical Christians who choose to worship outside China’s official churches.

For the last four weeks one of Beijing largest unofficial churches, the Shouwang, or WatchTower, church has been in a stand-off with police over its desire to worship free from state control, with hundreds of its members detained and its leaders put under house arrest. Read the rest of this entry »

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4th week: China arrests 30 church members

Posted by Author on May 2, 2011


BEIJING (BP)— For the fourth week in a row, a Chinese “illegal” church refused Sunday to follow government orders not to meet, and this time at least 31 of its members were arrested.

Once again, reporters were blocked from the site.

The arrests of the members of Beijing’s Shouwang Church in a public square came after church leaders made clear in the preceding days that they would not buckle to pressure from the Communist Party. More than 160 were arrested the first week they tried to meet outdoors, about 50 were arrested the second week and approximately 40 on the third week, Easter Sunday. The declining number of arrests likely is due to the government placing so many other members under house arrest, which prevents them from even leaving their homes. On Easter Sunday, more than 500 church members — including every church staff member, lay leader and choir member — were under house arrest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beijing Rights Lawyer Suffers Memory Loss After Ten-Day Detention

Posted by Author on May 1, 2011


A Beijing human rights attorney who had been missing for ten days, was released by authorities from a mental hospital in an extremely weak physical and mental state. He couldn’t walk, had pain all over, and couldn’t fully remember what had happened to him.

What Jin Guanghong, a Beijing rights lawyer, could recall after his ten-day ordeal, was that on April 8 or 9, while walking on the street, he was abducted and taken to a detention center, and later a mental hospital. He said he was beaten and vaguely remembers being tied to a bed and given injections and medicine. He then held a hunger strike but was fed through a tube in his nose, according to an April 22 report by China Rights Defense Alliance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Confucius Replaced by Sun Yat-sen on Tiananmen Square

Posted by Author on April 30, 2011


Confucius statue removal from Tiananmen Square is still a hot topic, but on April 27,there appeared the portrait of Sun Yat-sen . Why the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) suddenly replaced Confucius statue with Sun Yat-sen portrait? What is the CCP actually doing?

In the dawn of April 27, Sun Yat-sen’s portrait was noticed standing on Tiananmen Square. Many tourists take pictures with it. Some netizens believe this is to commemorate the 1911 Revolution. Mainland media reports that the portrait will be displayed until the end of “May 1” holidays. This is regular for May 1 and October 1 holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Not Politicize a Church that is Focused Only on Matters of Faith- Beijing Shouwang house churches’s Response to Global Times’ Commentary

Posted by Author on April 28, 2011


Translated by China Aid Association-

Do Not Politicize a Church that is Focused Only on Matters of Faith

The Global Times newspaper (hereafter, the Times) on April 26 ran a commentary with the headline “Some Churches Should Avoid Becoming Politicized” (hereafter, the text), in which it comments on the recent events in Beijing related to Shouwang Church’s outdoor worship, and just as the title says, it was a well-intentioned reminder to Shouwang. This is the only formal Chinese reporting we have seen in the domestic media of Shouwang Church’s outdoor worship. Therefore, it is necessary that we, as the party involved, provide some clarifications and explanations regarding some of the issues raised in this commentary, so that readers can have a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of this incident. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Persecution Before the Persecution, in China

Posted by Author on April 25, 2011


On April 25, 1999, the most “serious political incident” since 1989 occurred in China. Over 10,000 practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice, had quietly gathered on the streets of Beijing and silently stood and sat from morning to night, seeking to be allowed to practice their faith free from harassment.

The incident is often seen as the catalyst to what happened next: a nationwide Cultural Revolution-style persecution featuring incessant propaganda, cruel violence, labor camps, and thought reeducation campaigns that continues to this day. But a look at the three years that preceded that incident shows that rather than being the catalyst to the persecution, it was practitioners’ last-ditch effort to head off what hardliners inside the Communist Party had been hatching since 1996. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dozens Chinese Detained At Easter: Unofficial Christian church members are targeted in the latest clampdown

Posted by Author on April 25, 2011


Authorities in the Chinese capital have detained dozens of members of an unofficial Christian group as they tried to attend an outdoor Easter service.

At least 30 worshippers from the unregistered Shouwang church were held by police on Sunday in Beijing’s western district of Zhongguancun as they showed up for the service, according to U.S.-based Christian rights group ChinaAid.

“There were more than 1,000 police officers in Zhongguancun [on Sunday],” ChinaAid founder Bob Fu said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Former Lawyer, Handicapped from Torture, Ni Yulan, is Criminally Detained for “creating a disturbance”

Posted by Author on April 18, 2011


Housing rights activist and former lawyer Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) has been criminally detained in Beijing for “creating a disturbance,” CHRD learned today. No information is currently available regarding the fate of her husband Dong Jiqin (董继勤), who was seized by police along with Ni on April 7. CHRD has now documented the criminal detention of 38 dissidents and activists as part of the current crackdown, launched by the government to suppress potential “Jasmine Revolution” protests. Another 16 individuals, including Dong, remain missing after being taken away by police. Some, such as human rights lawyers Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) and Teng Biao (滕彪), as well as activist and IT expert Gu Chuan (古川), have now been missing for nearly two months.

“Detaining Ni Yulan, who has been left wheelchair-bound by torture while previously detained, for ‘creating a disturbance’ shows how little regard the Chinese government has for its own laws or for international human rights norms,” said Renee Xia, CHRD’s International Director. “It also demonstrates how little pressure the Chinese government has felt from the international community during this ongoing crackdown. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s spreading crackdown target ‘unofficial’ church, More than 100 detained

Posted by Author on April 13, 2011


Unofficial Christian church members and leaders are being targeted by China’s government in its latest clampdown on dissent sparked by calls for “Jasmine” rallies inspired by recent uprisings in the Middle East.

More than 100 members of the Shouwang Protestant church were detained by police in Beijing after they attended an open-air prayer gathering on Sunday.

Shouwang’s Pastor Jin said the authorities had released most of the congregation by Monday night. Read the rest of this entry »

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Silencing the People Is More Dangerous than Damming a River

Posted by Author on April 4, 2011


Human Rights in China (HRIC) urges the Chinese authorities to stop the crackdown on all those in China exercising fundamental rights protected by international and Chinese domestic law. The detention of Ai Weiwei (艾未未) is the most recent example of the Chinese government’s total disregard for the rule of law and its own respectability in the international community.

In recent months, the world has seen the Chinese authorities dramatically step up the detention and arrest of individuals who speak out about corruption, voice their support for victims of injustices, and peacefully appeal for political reform – perhaps out of fear that the uprisings against repressive regimes in the Middle East would spread to China. The authorities have even publically assaulted foreign journalists, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs went as far as telling foreign journalists that they “cannot use the law as a shield.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese students to be screened for ‘radical’ thoughts, Professor: Aren’t we going back to the days of the Cultural Revolution?

Posted by Author on March 28, 2011


Peking University, often viewed as the Oxford or Harvard equivalent in China, plans to screen students for “radical thoughts.” A statement from the university announces that the program will target students for “consultations” who “frequently fail exams or encounter difficulties in their studies.”

However, categories of students that will be targeted for consultations, in areas other than academic preparedness, has prompted Chinese academics to raise concerns over academic freedom and to draw comparisons with the Cultural Revolution. The university would also screen “students with radical thoughts, psychological fragility, poverty, registration changes, eccentricity, Internet addiction, job difficulties, serious illnesses, and discipline violations.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Hong Kong Officials Go to Beijing for Training

Posted by Author on March 24, 2011


The Phoenix Weekly (issue 5, 2011) reported that the Beijing National Administration Training Centre for Hong Kong and Macau civil servants will be opened during the first half of the year. It cost 200 million yuan ($A30.4 million) to build this training centre, which is fully supported and sponsored by the central government of the PRC.

A statement by the Civil Service Bureau of Hong Kong indicates that the Hong Kong government will send more officers for training to Beijing.

Beijing worries about Hong Kong officials being “out of control” Read the rest of this entry »

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China arrests more activists for urging protests

Posted by Author on March 14, 2011


BEIJING — Police in China have arrested and charged more activists with subversion, rights groups say, as online calls Sunday urged Chinese to join anti-government rallies for the fourth week running.

Guo Weidong, 38, was charged with “inciting subversion” Friday after he posted Internet calls for protesters to attend rallies marking the “Jasmine revolution,” the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in China said.

Guo, a businessman in east China’s Zhejiang province, was taken into police custody Thursday, the Hong Kong-based centre said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foreign Journalists Physically Assaulted by Beijing Police and Rebuked by Chinese Foreign Ministry

Posted by Author on March 12, 2011


Rather than reporting news, foreign reporters in China have recently become the news. After being physically assaulted and harassed by Chinese police for standing in the streets, they were later subjected to an hour and a half of scolding by a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesperson at a news conference.

The actions taken against foreign reporters have made it clear that this is a “highly sensitive” time for the CCP. The formerly “relaxed” rules for foreign journalists in China seem to no longer apply, and neither does the regime veil its disdain of the world’s free press. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beijing’s Plan to Track 17 Million People’s Cell Phones Raises Concerns

Posted by Author on March 8, 2011


Authorities in Beijing are planning to track more than 17 million people in the city via their cell phones, according to state-run media reports last week. The proposed plan is supposedly aimed at improving traffic management. But it’s also sparking concerns over privacy issues.

Beijing is notorious for traffic congestion. An unnamed employee from Beijing’s Municipal Science and Technology Commission told state-run China Daily the tracking plan would provide real-time traffic and population data—to help citizens plan better travel routes. Read the rest of this entry »

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China threatens foreign journalists for ‘illegal’ reporting

Posted by Author on March 3, 2011


New York, March 3, 2011– Police threats to revoke foreign journalists’ visas and require advance permission for newsgathering are disturbing new efforts to restrict reporting on protests in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Police told some foreign journalists they could lose their accreditation and residence permits if they conduct “illegal” reporting in parts of central Beijing and Shanghai without permission, according to Reuters and other international news reports. Some journalists reported being told that advance consent would be required for any filming in China going forward. The warnings were given to journalists from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, the BBC, and other news outlets, in meetings held Wednesday and today, according to international news reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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