Christianity in China – August 2014 Update

China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, has chosen to follow more closely in the paths of Chairman Mao. Hopefully he will no go to those same extremes – genocidal extremes – but now a political policy of retribution against foes and a collateral cleaning up of nationwide bribes and corruption. I keep up with Gordon Chang for my news.

The purge includes religion. China is trying to invent a new “Christianity.” They have tried this before with poor results. Religions that are invented generally collapse. Recently there has been destruction of church buildings and imprisonment of Christian leaders.

But as usual the church under pressure goes underground. There is a 3-Self Church which tries to endorse communist policy. Believers have their ways of handling this: (1) Ignoring it while practicing privately the true faith (2) Actually following it with meager attendance, or attendance that makes a public show for public purposes and (3) Disappearing completely underground. I made no attempt to visit underground churches while living in China lest I bring the wrath of the state down upon them.

Bibles have been confiscated in greater numbers than just a few years ago. However, both Protestant and Roman Catholic churches have increased their membership and attendance. And some leaders of the latter have openly endorsed the new Pope Francis which is also “illegal.”

Since religion is always personal it is almost impossible to make it anything else. Considering that government pressure against private disagreement has always backfired, one wonders why they continue it? Communist leaders have long recognized that Christian Chinese families are better citizens, pay their taxes and cause fewer ills. So it may actually be harder to make a public spectacle of them on a local level.

When I was in China and followed day and night for 5 weeks, it got to the point of being amusing. I was living a clean life. Eventually I received something of a public “apology” right before I left town. Anything like an apology is difficult for the Chinese because their government tells them they know everything and due to the communist system, they can’t possibly make a mistake.

It is true. Your life may be the only Bible some people can ever read. Meanwhile, Chinese Christians throughout the land are the real Bible of that country and there are millions of them, perhaps as many as 100 million. Pray for them.

China Update August 2014

Everything I said about China’s weak position last year is true now. Actually it is worse. Wealthy oligarchs are taking cash out of the country and saving it in banks primarily in Pacific Rim nations and Western Canada, commerce is slowing still and the government has become more Mao-like, that is, more of a police-state.

Educated Chinese are sending pregnant women to the USA for “anchor babies” – as children who have American citizenship may eventually allow the family to follow. Chinese signs are now being posted at our Southern border for people creeping in illegally. All these are bad indications of political failure. I wish it were otherwise.

You can learn more by listening to John Batchelor on American radio.

China’s Weak Financial Position

A trusted Chinese-American source verifies for me that China is in no position to threaten the USA. Written reports from Chinese sources regarding production, profits, workers on the job and other key economic factors indicate that a good bit of lying about all these factors means the economy of China is on serious skids. I do not say this to advise you regarding your investments of money. Just don’t invest any time or energy worrying about them buying up Nebraska or the Golden Gate bridge.

One of the other social endorsements whereby we know this is true is because China is sending in anchor babies. Pregnant women come from China in order to have a child born here who can promote the family’s immigration later.

This would hardly be done by well-to-do Chinese if they saw a future in their own nation. Since only the wealthy can afford the travel out of the country America finds itself in the same position it did as Germany under Nazi control. The best and brightest got out as quickly as they could.

Will China Take Over America because of our debt

No. In ancient Greece prophets whose words did not come to pass had their tongues cut out. Fortunately for me, Greece is many millennia behind and far away. But my prophecy still stands. And here is why.

Yes, China has been racking up America’s bank account but for the following reasons, in no particular order, not much will come of it.

  • The Chinese economy is “managed” which means someone decides what needs to be done and where. This is the same economy as had the Soviet Union, now pretty well dead. In contrast to the American economy when it is working properly, this means not economic but personal goals dominate decisions. For example, local politicians want to look good to others so they build large apartment complexes in open spaces where no one lives, and where no one is expected to live. Frequently the construction is shoddy, bids are based largely on bribes, so the buildings, not being lived in or maintained, soon fall into disrepair. If someone owned them and cared, this would not happen so often. Bad investment wastes resources which no amount of lending to the gringos will alleviate.
  • China is not run by businessmen but by politicians who have no especial interest in the country beyond their own family and future. Communist officials make large salaries but because they have total control and no free enterprise, they can on the side demand large bribes from contractors, businesspeople, vendors, builders and lesser politicians. They then take the money in billions to other parts of Asia, Canada which has an open door immigration policy or even America via anchor babies, now increasingly popular. China is being drained dry of everything but people. Still there are billions to feed, and they need seed corn, fertilizer, equipment and parts which all take money. It’s a recipe for unrest, war, starvation, and revolution.
  • Another important reason is the great unrest in China, particularly the young people who have computer skills and can by-pass many restrictions on the internet. Stuff rigidly controlled by the state leaks out anyway. They know much of the world is better off than they and not just Europeans. They see all kinds of free Asians in train stations and airports. Freedom apparently is something for others and they are not happy.
  • In contrast America is getting back on her feet. She is well on her way to dominating the energy market; technologically she is way ahead of everyone else. China spends a fortune stealing technology and by the time they have made something they can sell, the USA has a product even better to take its place. Finally, the west has a tradition of resilience, innovation and that stiff upper lip. Dependence on the government as a way life has always been lived in much of Asia. Change is hard for a society but changing one’s mind about the patterns of life is a great challenge. I believe China will do well in the long run but not because they have our money.

    Travel in China 2013

    Let me recommend this CNN site and possible click throughs from it.

    http://travel.cnn.com/20-china-trips-you-cant-find-any-guidebooks-075661

    Big Chinese urban areas are virtually identical.  This list and others at CNN open up new ideas.  I esp. like the Chinese cooking school in Beijing and the overnight in the yurt.

    The ONE thing you will never get in China

    China is a gifted, multi-level, multi-talented ambitious society but one thing you will never get in China is justice.

    Hong Kong Scraps Education (i.e.brain-washing) Plan

    http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/09/hong-kong-scraps-china-education-plan/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chinadigitaltimes%2FbKzO+%28China+Digital+Times+%28CDT%29%29

    http://t.co/uxllwDsR

    Every time China backs down on an important free speech issue we should notice and applaud as it means the Chinese are raising themselves up for a better government.