China Regime Arrests Christian Pastor After Opposing Removal of Crosses

China ChristiansFears of a Bid to ‘Silence’ Christians in China
After More Arrests –Premier

(China Change) Pastor Gu Yuese, leader minister of a Chinese govt approved sanctioned Church in Hangzhou, was arrested on the 27 January and placed in secret detention for opposing cross removal. Pastor Gu’s wife Zhou Lianmei was arrested with him but is believed to have been subsequently released. Their home was ransacked by Chinese authorities, an indication that criminal charges will be brought against him.

Last July, the Zhejiang Christian Council headed by Pastor Gu, published a strongly worded open letter opposing the campaign in the Province to tear down Church Crosses — Pastor Gu’s disappearance is believed to be in retaliation for his refusal to cooperate with the China regime.

In August, I posted a picture here of Chinese Christians Wenzhou, protesting the removal of Crosses and on the 30 December, 2014 I wrote here about other Crosses in Wenzhou, together with a Cross at a convalescent home in Hangzhou Zhejiang Province, ordered removed by China regime Marxist Thugs.

Where is the moral outrage by the Obama Administration, MSM and political candidates, of the ongoing Christian persecution in China?

If Donald Trump Can’t Handle Tough Questions from Fox News Megyn Kelly, How’s he Going to Handle ISIS, Iran, Putin & Xi Jinping?

As China Threatens Taiwan, Hillary Clinton and Most Republican Presidential Hopefuls Are Silent

Hillary Clinton ChinaActivists Shocked That Hillary Clinton Vowed Not to Let Human Rights Concerns Hinder Cooperation with the China Regime –CDT 2009

(WSJ) Taiwan held an historic election this week, with voters giving a landslide victory to the opposition and making DPP Tsai Ing-wen its first female president. The result has major implications for China, the United States and Asia, the wealthiest and most populous region in the world but did America’s future leaders notice?

Hillary Clinton who hopes to be the first female president and boasts of engineering the U.S. pivot to Asia said nothing about Taiwan this week. Clinton highlighted the tainted water scandal in Michigan, published paeans to Obama’s leadership and Tweeted about the scourge of “mansplaining” but there was no press release congratulating Taiwan and Tsai Ing-wen and no statement from the campaign trail.

Some Republicans did better. “Taiwan’s latest election once again shows the island to be a thriving democracy,” Marco Rubio said in a statement, calling for expanded economic, political and security cooperation with “one of America’s oldest and most loyal friends in Asia.”

Ted Cruz said, Taiwanese citizens “tenacious witness to the promise of liberty is a beacon of light to their neighbors, yearning to be free. America honors our friend and ally today.”

Former Florida Gov Jeb Bush, NJ Gov Chris Christie and Ohio Gov John Kasich may share these sentiments but they didn’t say so. Donald Trump was similarly mute.

U.S. foreign policy isn’t determined solely by what candidates do or don’t say while campaigning and thank goodness for that but campaign rhetoric reflects popular priorities and the general failure to note Taiwan’s election isn’t an isolated event. It reflects a too common practice of misunderstanding Taiwan’s importance as a U.S. partner, Asian bellweather and target of China (regime) aggression.

The U.S. assesses that preparing to fight Taiwan remains the ‘primary mission’ of China’s military. Taiwan once enjoyed technological military superiority along with ‘the inherent geographic advantages of island defense’ a Pentagon report to Congress said last year but recent Chinese modernization has ‘eroded or negated many of these factors.’

China’s Communists consider Taiwan a renegade province and threaten war if the island won’t voluntarily unify with China. — China State TV last year showed a military drill in which PLA soldiers stormed a replica of Taiwan’s presidential office…the phrase ‘use force to unify Taiwan’ exploded on Chinese social-media after this weeks election of DPP Tsai Ing-wen, whose platform emphasized Taiwan’s right to democratic self-government.

The U.S. pivot to Asia sought to deter Chinese aggression but ignored Taiwan. William Stanton, the career diplomat who represented the United States in Taipei from 2009-2012 said that, ‘the biggest failure of the Obama Administration’s policy towards China has been its handling of Taiwan, including ‘the omission of any references to Taiwan in describing the U.S. policy of reorientation to Asia.’ The U.S. last month announced a modest arms sale to Taiwan but that followed an unprecedented four year hiatus.

Taiwan’s size and economy certainly don’t justify its being overlooked. It has 23 million people, as many as Australia and more than most countries in the world. Largely due to its electronic exports, its America’s 10th largest trading partner ahead of India.

It’s peaceful transition from authoritarianism to democracy starting in the 1980s should be a model for the world, Chinese leaders and their boosters in the West sometime speak of a ‘Beijing model’ challenging the liberal-democratic ‘Washington consensus’ but Taiwan’s election showed how poor China looks in comparison.

China imprisons female human rights activists, lawyers and journalists; Taiwan has a female president-elect. Chinese citizens go to jail for asking their leaders to disclose personal assets; Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen asset disclosure was barely even noticed. — The Chinese doctor who became a national hero for curbing the 2003 SARS outbreak Jiang Yanyong, was soon detained for discussing the Tiananmen Square Massacre; Taiwan’s SARS hero Dr. Chen Chien-jen is now vice president-elect.

Then there is Hong Kong, where Beijing ‘promised’ to respect civil liberties and thereby create a model for Taiwan to come under its sovereignty. With Beijing’s promise of democracy now broken and mainland China agents accused of abducting government critics off Hong Kong streets, its no wonder, Taiwanese back politicians who pledge to preserve their distance from Beijing.

Studying a map reveals other aspects of Taiwan’s importance. Taiwan sits at the center of the Western Pacific’s ‘first island chain’ which stretches from Indonesia in the south to Japan in the north, bounding China’s coast and limiting Beijing’s ability to threaten the open ocean militarily. China’s control of Taiwan would mean that Chinese submarines based on the island’s east coast, with free access up and down the Pacific.

U.S. allies such as Japan consider Taiwan essential to their own security. The erosion of U.S. attention to Taiwan–and certainly the abandonment of Taiwan that some American scholars propose, could shatter U.S. alliances in Asia, which grave regional security consequences such as Japan and South Korea going nuclear.

So the election of Tsai Ing-wen, would be a good moment for Taiwan to regain American’s attention. China’s attempts to bully Taipei’s new government economically, diplomatically or militarily may soon force the U.S. to pay great attention to some crisis but that only underscores the issue’s importance now. Something for presidential hopefuls to consider as they traverse Iowa and New Hampshire.

One Free, Democratic Taiwan & One China Regime

One TaiwanObama Administration Should Back Taiwan Voters Clear Choice to Remain Free & Separate from China -Image Courtesy: Kellvan Cheng

When Facts Meet Reality: China Continues to Stiff Obama’s Climate Change/Clean Air Initiatives

Obama China Climate ChangeRiiight…Naive and Self Delusional @POTUS Obama Continues
to Believe China Actually Supports his ‘Climate Change’
Clean Air Initiatives

China SmogChina Facts: Xinhua News Reports Today ‘Public Warned
to Take Protective Measures When Outdoors’

In November, I wrote here that Obama stands alone in the world on his unrealistic/go it alone greenhouse gas initiatives — China regime stiffs Obama’s 2014 agreement burns 17% more coal that previously disclosed.

China Arrested 23 Journalists, 84 Netizens in 2015: Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Report

China RegimeChina Fell Again in 2015 Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Global Press Freedom Index

(RFA) China regime held 23 Journalists and 84 Bloggers/Netizens behind bars in 2015 as the country fell yet another place in the Global Press Freedom Index — The majority of the online writers detained or imprisoned in 2015 were either Tibetan Bloggers or Reporters for the Sichuan province based rights group ‘Tianwang’ RSF said in its year end report.

On the 09 December, I wrote here that China is ranked last among countries included in the Freedom House 2015 Freedom on the Net report published in October. Globally the report warned Internet freedom has declined for the 5th year running.

  • Flashback: Remember in 2009 when then Secy of State Hillary Clinton said that money and climate change are more important than human rights in China.

More here on China Regime Censorship and Abuse of Reporters

Related: China Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers Rises to 316

Naive! No Hillary, the United States Does Not Want to Emulate The Great Firewall of China

Hillary China
Naively Believes that China Regime Investment
in its Great Firewall will Somehow Benefit Chinese Citizens

(CDT) China regime is ranked last among the countries included in Freedom House 2015 Freedom on the Net report published in October — Globally the report warns Internet freedom has declined for the 5th year running. The practice of requiring companies to participate in ‘censorship’ is well established in China and is spreading elsewhere, while privacy, anonymity and encryption are under broad attack.

Flashback: Following Obama’s November 2014 trip to the APEC Summit in Beijing and his call for free and open Internet (which was about the same time China state media said that “Obama does not have the political capacity and resources to solve issues, he is powerless to solve the structural problems in the United States. Obama has not helped his country secure more global resources…” I digress)

China Digital Times reported that China issued a directive to all media forbidding then to report on Obama’s appeal.

Read the full report here Freedom on the Net 2015 — Freedom House

Fifth Day of Advent: Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Francis Xavier

St Francis XavierSt. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) Image Courtesy: –Catholic Online

(Franciscan Media) Born in Northern Spain, Basque Province and given the birth name Francisco (Francis) de Jasso y Azpilicueta, Francis studied and taught Philosophy at the University of Paris according to SQPN and planned a career as a Professor. Francis’ friend St. Ignatius of Loyola (Feast Day: 31 July) after converting Francis to Christianity, he would convince him to use his natural abilities to spread the Gospel.

In 1534 Francis would join St. Ignatius of Loyola newly formed group ‘The Company of Jesus’ today known as the ‘Society of Jesus’ (Jesuits) which received Papal approval in 1540 Together at Montmarte, they took vows of poverty, chastity and apostolic service according to the direction of Pope Paul III (1534-1549)

From Venice, where Francis was Ordained a Priest in 1537 Fr. Francis Xavier, went on to Lisbon and from there, set sail to the East Indies landing in India Gao — While in Gao awaiting on a ship according to SQPN Fr. Francis Xavier witnessed for Christ on the streets, cared for the sick and taught children their Catechism, it is said that he walked through the streets ringing a bell to call the children to their studies. During Fr. Francis Xavier stay in Gao, its reported that he was able to convert the entire city to Christianity. For the next 10 yrs he labored to bring Christianity to such widely scattered people as the Hindu’s, the Malayans and Japanese. Fr. Francis Xavier would however spend much of that time in  India and served as Provincial of the newly established ‘Jesuit’ province of India.

Wherever Fr. Francis Xavier went, he lived with the poorest people, sharing their food and tough accommodations. Fr. Francis Xavier would spend countless hours caring and ministering to the needs of the sick and poor but especially to those with Leprosy. Very often he had no time to sleep or even to say his breviary but as we know from his letters, Fr. Francis Xavier was always filled with joy.

Fr. Francis Xavier went through the islands of Malaysia and then to Japan, where he learned enough Japanese to speak to people, preach, baptize Christians and to establish missions for those who followed him. From Japan, he had dreams of going to China to minister but this was never realized as he died this month in 1552 at China, Sancian Island, where St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church was built in his honor.

More here from American Catholic

Obama Administration Claims China Regime “Peaceful, Stable & Responsible…”

Hillary Clinton Praises Burmese Socialist Aung San Suu Kyi – It Takes One to Know One

Aung San Suu KyiIt Takes One To Know One: @HillaryClinton Praises Burmese Democratic/Socialist-Liberal Aung San Suu Kyi

Flashback: In 2012 Suu Kyi following a meeting with both Obama and Clinton said “I’ve always been against so called disciplined democracy,” citing her resolve that Myanmar not to be like the United States.

Socialist IntlAung San Suu Kyi Special Honorary President Socialists Intl

In June, China regime state media Xinhua reported that Aung San Suu Kyi accepted an invitation from the Communist Party to meet with Xi Jinping in Beijing in order to develop and promote cooperation and friendly relations between China and Myanmar.

More here from Xinhua

Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: Complicity With Tyranny -Global Research