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.
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.
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.
Let me recommend this CNN site and possible click throughs from it.
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.
China is a gifted, multi-level, multi-talented ambitious society but one thing you will never get in China is justice.