China: Christianity Growing By 100,000 Members Yearly Despite Xi’s Crackdown On Christians


The growth of the Christian faith in China continues its remarkable rise, with one pastor reporting as many as 100,000 new followers of Christ per year, despite the worsening human rights abuses and crackdown by communist authorities.


(PHOTO: REUTERS) Chinese believers express their faith during a church service.

The Rev. Erik Burklin of China Partner, which trains Chinese Christian leaders, said that God is in the business of “changing lives” and “building His Church.”

“Like Jesus said to Peter, ‘On this rock I will build my church.’ When He said that, He said, ‘I will build my church.’ Not, ‘You Christians build my church,’ but, ‘I will,'” Burklin told Mission Network News.

He talked of surprising developments, such as a person with the central government donating close to $7.3 million for a new chapel at Union Theological Seminary in the city of Nanjing.

“I was just scratching my head, thinking to myself, ‘How in the world is it possible that in China, where Communism still runs the country, a person in the Central Government would donate so that a local school — in this case, the national seminary in China — can finish constructing their chapel?’ It’s unbelievable,” Burklin stated.

Moreover, the Chinese continue coming to Jesus on a growing basis.

“Then we met with leaders for dinner that night, and we asked the pastors there, ‘How many baptisms did you have last year? How many new converts did you have in your city?’ he then gave us an overview of what God is doing in their whole province. He was proceeding to explain to us that they have up to 100,000 new believers on the average every year. … That’s unheard of,” Burklin described.

The atheistic government of China has for the most part been carrying out a large-scale crackdown on religious belief, especially against underground Christians worshiping in nonsanctioned house churches.

It has been destroying church rooftop crosses, leading to clashes with hundreds of congregants, and arrests of Christian pastors and human rights activists. Leaders of the government-controlled Catholic churches that have spoken out against the cross demolitions have also faced arrest.

Groups such as Freedom House have said that 100 million people face persecution in China, including Christians of various denominations, with Protestants facing “high” levels of persecution.

Although Chinese President Xi Jinping has tried to establish cordial relationships with the West and major institutions, such as the Vatican, persecution watchdog groups, like China Aid, continue sharing the stories of people who have suffered atrocities under his regime.

Li Heping, a Christian lawyer, talked about the “sadistic torture” he suffered following his arrest on July 9, 2015, as part of a crackdown. “There were times that I wanted to commit suicide. I survived because of my Christian faith, the courageous advocacy of my wife and the attention of the international community.”

China Aid President Bob Fu argued in The Wall Street Journal last week that Xi has “sought to eviscerate China’s network of human rights lawyers and rights advocates, viewing their peaceful efforts at legal reform as a national-security threat.”

“Mr. Xi has re-instituted the Maoist practice of televised public confession and embraced a system of torture so horrific it demands an international response,” he added.



China Is Getting Fed Up With North Korea’s Little Fat Boy With The Bad Haircut


(CNN) China may be getting fed up with continued nuclear bluster from long-time ally North Korea and tilting toward the United States.

A day after North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister said Pyongyang would test missiles weekly and use nuclear weapons if threatened, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Beijing was “gravely concerned” about North Korea’s recent nuclear and missile activities.
In the same press conference, spokesman Lu Kang praised recent US statements on the North Korean issue.
“American officials did make some positive and constructive remarks… such as using whatever peaceful means possible to resolve the (Korean) Peninsula nuclear issue. This represents a general direction that we believe is correct and should be adhered to,” Lu said.

Watch: N. Korea performance shows US in flames

 Watch: N. Korea performance shows US in flames

That direction was not evident from North Korean leadership, as state-run TV highlighted a propaganda video showing missile strikes leaving the US in flames.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol ratcheted up the rhetoric in an interview with the BBC.
“If the United States is reckless enough to use military means, it would mean from that very day an all-out war,” Han said.
Statements of that vein do not help the situation, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman.

Trump: North Korea pushed off by past presidents

 Trump: North Korea pushed off by past presidents

“China firmly opposes any words or actions that would escalate rivalry and tension,” Lu said.
US President Donald Trump has been pressing China to rein in North Korea, suggesting that doing so could ease US-China relations over trade and other issues.
Experts point out that China also wants to prevent North Korea from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power — and certainly wants to prevent a war on its southern border that could send millions of refugees flooding into China and potentially risk bringing a US military presence to China’s borders.

Shanghai And China Bid Farewell To Their Old Friend Fidel Castro


Shanghai bids farewell to old friend Castro

DOZENS of somber local residents visited the Consulate General of Cuba in Shanghai yesterday to pay their respects to late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who passed away on November 25.

According to consulate officials, approximately 180 mourners have flocked to the consulate in remembrance of Castro, who is affectionately nicknamed “lao ka,” or “Old Castro.”

The consulate has converted a room into a tribute site, where members of the public paid homage to the deceased Cuban leader by either signing the condolence book or pledging loyalty to his socialist cause. The public mourning period runs through noon tomorrow.

One of the many visitors was Xu Ming, a professor teaching at Shanghai-based Donghua University. During an emotionally charged visit to the consulate yesterday, Xu, 63, waxed nostalgic as he crooned a popular old song about the camaraderie between China and Cuba in the 1960s.

Like many of his generation, Xu grew up listening to those songs and reading about the exploits of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in textbooks and newspapers.

“With utmost sadness I learned of Mr Castro’s death in the newspapers,” Xu said as he signed the condolence book.

While the funeral cortege is carrying Castro’s remains on a four-day journey to their final resting place in Santiago de Cuba, where it all began for the 1959 revolution that catapulted him to power, Castro and his legacies are also being remembered in Shanghai, which he visited in 1995 and 2003.

“His death is not just a loss to the Cuban people, but to Chinese people and the whole world as well,” said Xu.

Castro is widely revered among Chinese as an icon who inspired generation after generation of youths with his romantic revolutionary ideals and struggles against imperialism.

“He is uniquely responsible for leading Cuba away from the US sphere of influence,” he said.

This isn’t easy considering the decades of economic hardship caused by the US blockade, which eased a little but hasn’t been entirely lifted, he told Shanghai Daily.

Standing in a room full of wreathes and elegiac couplets sent by local officials, citizens and Cuban expats in Shanghai and adjoining provinces, Xu said Cuba has demonstrated that a sovereign country can adhere to its own political system in spite of all the hostility from a formidable adversary.

“Although Fidel is physically gone, his ideas will be with us forever, and he will stay in our hearts forever because of what he did for the people and for the motherland,” said Lisbet Quesada Luna, Consul General of Cuba in Shanghai. “He devoted his deepest love to the motherland.”

China stresses Washington’s obligations


China stresses Washington’s obligations

CHINA will pay close attention to the trade policies implemented by US President-elect Donald Trump, and will defend its rights in the World Trade Organization, according to a senior Chinese official.

In a campaign punctuated by incendiary accusations, Trump promised to declare China a currency manipulator on his first day in office, and threatened to slap punitive 45 percent tariffs on Chinese imports to protect jobs.

However, China’s Deputy International Trade Minister Zhang Xiangchen said in Washington that the US has obligations as a member of the WTO.

“Definitely we have paid close attention to the remarks made by Mr Trump during his presidential campaign,” Zhang told reporters.

“And we will also (be) closely observing what he will do after he takes office.”

But he seemed to cast doubt on whether Trump would follow through on his threats.

“I think after Mr Trump takes office he will be reminded that the United States should honor its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization.”

When asked if China would retaliate, he said that “as a member of the WTO, China also has the right to ensure its rights.”

Zhang also told reporters that economists and government officials agree China is not manipulating its currency, and “significant progress has been made” toward establishing a market-based exchange-rate regime.

Chinese officials are in Washington for the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, a forum to promote trade and investment and resolve disputes. Zhange said that officials on both sides feel strongly that the bilateral trade relationship will continue to be important “no matter how the leadership changes.”

US Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters following the final JCCT meeting of the Obama administration that the relationship with China is key, but acknowledged there are “headwinds around the world about the benefits of trade and skepticism on the US-China relationship in particular.”

He stressed that “the American public expects the relationship be based on a fair and level playing field, and greater reciprocity.”

Is China, Russia, And Turkey The Next Axis Power Grid?

(This article is courtesy of the Shanghai Daily News Paper)

Russia, Turkey agree to closer ties with China

CHINESE President Xi Jinping called for firm support in each other’s efforts to safeguard sovereignty, security and development interests when he met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin yesterday.

He called for strengthening all-round strategic cooperation, and urged both countries to push forward the alignment of their development strategies, as well as dovetailing the Belt and Road Initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union.

Meeting ahead of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, Xi said the two countries should deepen pragmatic cooperation in infrastructure, energy, aviation, aerospace and advanced technology. He also called for stronger military and security cooperation.

Xi said the two countries should cooperate more closely on international and regional issues, as well as safeguarding the principles of the UN Charter, the basic norms of international relations, and international equity and justice to promote peace, stability and prosperity.

Putin said Russia should join with China to ensure the political trust and friendship between the nations can boost economic cooperation. The two countries should push for broader cooperation in trade, investment, finance, energy and technology, he said.

China and Turkey have agreed to advance cooperation in fields of counter-terrorism, energy and infrastructure.

In the meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, Xi said China appreciates Turkey’s affirmation that it will never allow any activities that could undermine China’s security to take place on Turkish soil.

He called on both sides to adhere to the core issue of political mutual trust, and to achieve more substantial results on anti-terrorism and security cooperation

Both should consider concrete means and projects to link the Belt and Road initiative with Turkey’s development strategy, to achieve substantial progress in cooperation in infrastructure, energy, quarantine and other fields, Xi said.

Erdogan expressed hopes that the two countries could increase collaboration in investment, energy, infrastructure, aviation, agriculture, tourism and counter-terrorism.

A series of cooperation agreements in energy, inspection and quarantine and other fields were signed after the meeting.

China, Russia, U.S., Can Alpha Males Or Females Ever Truly Get Along?

(This article is courtesy of the Shanghai Daily News)

US cooperation could lead to ‘great things,’ says Xi

CHINA and the United States have far more common interests than differences, President Xi Jinping told US President Barack Obama on the eve of the G20 summit, and he hoped that bilateral ties would stay on the right track.

Xi said cooperation between China and the US could lead to “great things” conducive to both countries and to the world at large.

He said the two countries should manage and control their differences in a constructive manner, in order to push forward the continuous, sound and stable development of bilateral ties.

A statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the two leaders compared notes on Sino-US relations and on major international and regional issues of mutual concerns in a “candid, in-depth and friendly manner,” with a series of “important consensus” reached.

Xi spoke highly of his previous meetings with Obama.

In particular, the building of a new type of major-country relations between China and the US had witnessed substantial progress over the past three years, he said.

Two-way trade, investment and personnel exchanges are at historic highs, and both countries have worked together in combating climate change, advancing negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty, and establishing mutual trust between their militaries.

Important progress was also made in fighting cyber crimes, coping with the Ebola epidemic in Africa, and facilitating a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, Xi said.

“All these have showcased the strategic importance and global influence of Sino-US relations,” he said.

Xi said China hopes to work with the US and other parties to achieve fruitful results during the summit to inject momentum to the world economy while lifting confidence.

He told Obama China will stick to the direction of opening up and reform, and further facilitate access for foreign investment.

China welcomes foreign enterprises to invest in the country, and will continue to provide them with a favorable business environment, Xi said, calling for efforts to reach a reciprocal bilateral investment treaty as soon as possible.

Xi said both countries should expand cooperation in fields including energy conservation and clean energy.

They should also continue to expand practical collaboration between their militaries and local authorities, and in areas of counter corruption, law enforcement, cyber security, culture and UN peacekeeping, he said.

Obama said the US hopes to build stronger trade and investment ties with China, and make joint efforts with China on a wider range of fields, including regional and global security.

On the issue of Taiwan, Xi said China will resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and curb “Taiwan independence” activities in all forms. Xi also hoped the US would honor its commitment in Tibet-related issues, and not support secessionist activities.

Obama said the US opposes attempts aimed at seeking “Taiwan independence,” and reaffirmed Tibet belongs to China.

He said the US and China should make sure both countries could carry out fruitful cooperation in fields with common interests, while working to control differences so as not to impact bilateral ties.