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Enemy of Humanity

Chen Guangcheng, a civil rights activist and Chinese dissident, said that the Chinese Communist Party is an “enemy of humanity.”

Blind since childhood, Chen taught himself  law and became involved in “human rights” activism, particularly around issues of “forced abortions” and other abuses relating to the “one child policy.”

Known as the “Barefoot Lawyer” he was first “imprisoned” for four years in 2006, after which he was kept under “tight house arrest” for years until his dramatic 2012 escape.

“The CCP is an enemy of humanity. It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well-being of the world,” he said in a speech during the Republican National Convention, listening a variety of issues including China’s oppression of “Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, an ongoing crackdown in Hong Kong, and threats towards Taiwan.”  

Chen conducted his speech by reading Braille and speaking in English. He warned about the “evils” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after experiencing their “tyranny” firsthand.

He added that China’s silencing of dissent made it all the more urgent for the United States to “use its values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP’s aggression.”

“Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China’s ‘one child’ policy and other injustices, I was persecuted, beaten, and put under house arrest by the government. In April, 2012, I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in Beijing. I am forever grateful to the American people for welcoming me and my family to the United States where we are now free,” Guangcheng said.

“The Chinese Communist Party is an enemy of humanity. It is terrorizing its own people and it is threatening the well-being of the world. In China, expressing beliefs or ideas not approved by the CCP – religion, democracy, human rights – can lead to prison. The nation lives under mass surveillance and censorship. The CCP is focused on power and control, and acts without regard to the law or to human rights.  Countless activists have disappeared or are under house arrest. Just consider the sad plight of the Uyghurs in concentration camps.”

Guangcheng also discussed the CCP’s latest “assault” on the world.

“The coronavirus pandemic, originating in China—and covered up by the CCP—has caused mass death and social upheaval around the world. In the same way, the virus of the CCP is threatening the people of the world. The policy of appeasement of former administrations—including Obama and Biden—has allowed the CCP to infiltrate and corrode different aspects of the global community,” he said.

“The US must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law, to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop China’s aggression. President Trump has led on this and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future,” Guangcheng continued.

Chen Guangcheng, known for his harrowing escape from Chinese house arrest in 2012, praised Trump for leading the fight “to stop China’s aggression,” and called on Americans “to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world.” 

Speaking at the largely online Republican convention, Chen called the Chinese Communist party (CCP) an “enemy of humanity” and said Trump had led a coalition of other democracies to “stop CCP aggression.”

“It is terrorizing its own people and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China expressing beliefs or ideas not approved by the CCP, religion, democracy, human rights, can lead to prison or death,” he said.

The endorsement from the prominent dissident underlines how much Trump has centered his re-election bid on taking a hard stance with Beijing.

Chen escaped house arrest in 2012 by scaling walls and feeling his way through fields and farmland with a broken foot. He sought “refuge” at the US embassy in Beijing and became the focus of a “diplomatic” crisis between the two countries before he was allowed to leave China for the US.

Detailing his experience at the hands of Chinese security agents after speaking out against forced abortions and sterilizations as part of the country’s one-child policy, Chen said: “I was persecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the CCP. Standing up to tyranny isn’t easy. I know. So does the president.”

Chen is among a number of Chinese activists who have found an unlikely hero in Trump who they see as taking a harder line against China. Relations with Beijing have plummeted under Trump, who has made being tough on China a key plank of his reelection campaign.

Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, also inveighed against Beijing and praised Trump for pulling “back the curtain on the predatory aggression of the Chinese Communist Party.”

According to the Pew Research Center, Americans in both parties “now see China much more negatively than in the recent past,” with 83% of Republicans surveyed saying they have a unfavorable view of the country. While Republicans have long been suspicious of Beijing, Democrats in recent years have also become more suspicious — 68% of supporters surveyed said they viewed China unfavorably — so there is growing consensus on the issue.

Many Chinese dissidents living in the US are vocal supporters of Trump’s hard line on China. Chen is closely linked to Bob Fu, a conservative Christian pastor who has described himself as “God’s Double Agent.” Fu has met with Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence and praised Trump on social media.

Fu assisted in Chen’s departure from China and later was involved in him getting positions at the Witherspoon Institute, a conservative think tank based in New Jersey, as well as Catholic University in Washington.

While he expressed gratitude at the time, Chen has emerged as a frequent and fierce “critic” of the Obama administration and Democratic politics in general.  Ahead of his speech at the RNC, he tweeted a video of a pro-Trump demonstrator “defacing” a Black Lives Matter display in New York, with the caption “freedom.”

In prepared remarks sent out prior to the speech, Chen attacked “the policy of appeasement of former administrations, including Obama and Biden,” which he said had “allowed the CCP to infiltrate and corrode different aspects of the global community.” However, in the live speech to the RNC, he did not mention Obama.

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Chinese Valentine’s Day

The Double Seventh Festival “Qi Qiao Jie” 七夕节 is one of Chinese traditional festivals, also known as a “Chinese Valentine’s Day.” It falls on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar.

In 2020 that’s Tuesday, August 25. It is not a public holiday.

Other common names for the festival are the “Seven Sisters Festival” or the “Festival of the Double Sevens.” There are two legends surrounding the origins of Chinese Valentine’s Day. It’s based on a romantic story about a weaver girl and an ox herder.

According to the first legend, the seven daughters of the Goddess of Heaven caught the eye of a Cowherd during one of their visits to earth. The daughters were bathing in a river and the Cowherd, Niu Lang, decided to have a bit of fun by running off with their clothing. It fell upon the prettiest daughter (who happened to be the seventh born), to ask him to return their clothes.

Of course, since Niu Lang had seen the daughter, Zhi Nu, naked, they had to be married. The couple lived happily for several years. Eventually, however, the Goddess of Heaven became fed up with her daughter’s absence, and ordered her to return to heaven. However, the mother took pity on the couple and allowed them to be reunited once a year. Legend has it that on the seventh night of the seventh moon, magpies form a bridge with their wings for Zhi Nu to cross to meet her husband.

In the second legend, Niu Lang and Zhi Nu were fairies living on opposite sides of the Milky Way. Feeling sorry for the two lonely sprites, the Jade Emperor of Heaven actively tried to bring them together. Unfortunately, he succeeded too well. Niu Lang and Zhi Nu became so enraptured with each other that they neglected their work. Annoyed, the Jade Emperor decreed that from that point on, the couple could only meet once a year, on the seventh night of the seventh moon.

Today, stargazers celebrate “Qi Qiao Jie” by gazing up at the star Vega, east of the Milky Way which represents Zhi Nu, and at the constellation Aquila, on the west side of the Milky Way, where Niu Lang waits for his lover to join him.

Chocolate isn’t the only aphrodisiac. Luscious mango, shrimp, and even ginger are all “foods of love” rumored to help rouse passions. There are several charming customs and gift givings associated with this romantic day for lovers.

Chinese people have adopted the traditions of Westerners on celebrating Valentine’s Day, such as exchanging gifts (like flowers, chocolates, ties and watches), making a special date to have a romantic dinner or watch a movie in the evening, or even to make a marriage registration if Valentine’s Day falls on a work day.

Valentine’s Day in China

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False Teachers Exposed

Many churches these days preach a worldly man-centered, pragmatic, shallow “gospel” that focuses merely on this life, and is contrary to God’s Word and the true gospel in the Bible which is about the Good News of “repentance and faith” in Jesus.

Many professing Christians lack biblical discernment and should be diligently searching the Scriptures daily to discern what they are hearing from these False Teachers along with their false prophecies, and compare it with God’s Word.

It’s not always what False Teachers say, it’s what they “don’t” say. Many seem to only want to talk about “God’s Love” along with their deceptions of the prosperity gospel, self-esteem and pragmatic people pleasing talk. They are not at all preaching like Jesus, Paul, Peter warning people about “Sin, Hell and the Coming Judgment” (John 16:8). Love is not merely giving people what they want to hear, Love also warns of the danger that exposes the deceptions of False Teachers.

Should Christians Judge? We are not to Judge a person’s motives (Matthew 7:1), but we are to judge a fellow believer’s “fruit and actions” (Matthew 7:15-20, John 7:24, 1 Corinthians 5:12-13, 6:1-20, 1 John 4:1) to make sure they’re not teaching contrary to God’s Word, and that the essential Christian doctrine is correct, for the protection of Gods People (John 10).

If a certain Bible Teacher continually teaches erroneous Christian doctrine after they have been warned by the Body of Christ of his error, it would be very unloving and biblically incorrect if God’s people didn’t lovingly warn other fellow believers in Christ of these biblical errors. We are to warn others out of love for the Truth (Ephesians 4:15, Jude 1:1-4) and for the eternal safety of God’s People, His Flock (Acts 20:28-32, 1 Peter 5:2-4, John 10).

We warn others of the dangers of these teachings by False Teachers who are teaching things that are contrary to God’s Word, and those who are keeping people focused on their false life prophecies, and broad path leading to destruction and hell with their vague, watered down gospel of half truths. It does not matter what the intentions or motives of these False Teachers are either.

A False Teacher might be a well meaning person, who’s agenda might not be to intentionally hurt God’s People. In fact they might believe 1000% that they are doing God’s Work. But whether they’re out to deceive people on purpose or not, it doesn’t matter, as these False Teacher might be a victim of Satan’s Lies themselves, being that the are duped and deceived!

There are many Bible Teachers who are not doing what God’s Word exhorts them to do and guard God’s People that has been entrusted to them. (Acts 20:28-32, 1 Timothy 6:20-21, 1 Peter 5:2-4). We are to warn and lovingly correct any False Teachers out there who are saying things that are contrary to God’s Word. Acts 20:26-32; Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 2:17-18, Ephesians 5:11, Ezekiel 3:17-19.

We should be vigilant and disciplined in our study of God’s Word (1 Timothy 2) to be constantly searching  and “examining the scriptures” (Acts17:11) closely to see if what we ourselves or a Bible Teacher is saying is “truth” or not, or is it a twisting of the Scripture whether deliberately or not. If a Preacher is not  correctly teaching essential Christian doctrine and merely keeping people focused on false life prophecies (Deuteronomy 13:1-18, 18:20-22), we are to “Mark Them” by the name of the Deceivers, of which Paul did in 1 Timothy 6:3-10 Rom16:17-18,Titus 1:10-14,1 John 4:1, 1 Corinthians14:29, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, John 7:24)

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Thou Shalt Wear Masks

For those who are fairly regular church service attendees, it seems there is a bit of a “controversy” between those who “wear” masks and those who “refuse.”

They seem to have missed these verses from the Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46 The Sheep and the Goats.”

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people from one another, like a Wal-Mart greeter separates the masked from the unmasked. 33 He will put the masked on his right and the unmasked on his left.”

34 “Then the King will say to the masked on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”

35 “For I was shopping and you followed the arrows in the store aisles, I was standing in line and you maintained six feet of space, I was a stranger and you took a wide berth as we passed by each, 36 I needed hand sanitizer and you gave me a squirt, I was out of toilet paper and you spared a roll when there was not a square to spare, I was in public and you gave me an elbow bump rather than a hug or a handshake.”

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in masks and goggles? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’”

40 “The King replied, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

41 “Then he will say to the unmasked on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink.”

43 “I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed masks and goggles, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”

44 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we do these things you have described?”

45 “The King replied, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

46 “Then the unmasked will go away to eternal punishment, but the mask wearers to eternal life.”

Looks like King Solomon was accurate in Ecclesiastes 1:9 “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

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Shop Till They Drop

The retail sector will be crucial to stimulate a recovery for the world’s second-largest economy. “Shop till you drop” could have been coined for affluent Chinese consumers before the Covid-19 crisis.

But the origins of the phrase appear to date back to the early years of the 20th century with the catchy line particularly popular during America’s Roaring Twenties. A century later, Xi Jinping’s government will be hoping domestic spending power can kick start the world’s second-largest economy.

Crucial to this will be the e-commerce sector, which was valued at US$2.3 trillion, or 52% of online sales worldwide, last year.

“China’s e-commerce growth has been driven by the creativity and tenacity of its entrepreneurs and aided by supportive government policies. A sector that was once viewed as a collection of copycats is now producing globally-used apps,” Cheng Li and Ryan McElveen, of the John L Thornton China Center, said in a report for the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.

Overall, China accounted for 21% of the global retail market in 2019 and could replace the United States as number one next year. But that is far from guaranteed. Even though “Dragonomics” has fired up the furnaces of global growth in the past, a second Covid-19 wave would certainly dampen the flames. All eyes will now switch to the outbreak in Beijing.

“Economic data is frightful right now – from retail sales to exports, growth engines are sputtering sharply,” Trinh D Nguyen, a senior economist at Natixis, a French corporate bank in Hong Kong, said last week.

During the last five mounts, the stats have been brutal with China’s economy shrinking by 6.8% in the first quarter, the first contraction on record. In May, data published by the National Bureau of Statistics showed that retail sales in April dropped by 7.5% compared to the same period in 2019.

While the figures were grim, they were decidedly upbeat when measured against the 15.8% decline in March and the 20.6% fall in February during the height of the Wuhan epidemic.

The release of last month’s numbers did offer a ray of hope amid the gloom, despite remaining in negative territory after tumbling by 2.8% year-on-year.

“In the first five months, the total retail sales of consumer goods reached 13.87 trillion yuan [$1.96 trillion], down by 13.5% compared to the same period last year,” the National Bureau of Statistics reported.

Sluggish spending has certainly failed to match improved industrial production data. Last month, the sector expanded by 4.4%, a rise on April’s 3.9%, which was the first increase in 2020.

“We believe that the unstable job market and healthcare concerns are the main factors slowing down the recovery. This means that even during the long holiday month of May, people were still spending carefully,” Iris Pang, the chief economist for Greater China at ING, the Dutch multinational bank, said in a note.

“So May‘s sharp drop in the contraction of retail sales could be a one-off from the Golden Week holiday. We need to keep an eye on June’s data to confirm whether the trend of spending really continues to improve,” she added.

Another curve-ball will be China’s urban unemployment rate.

Official data showed it was 6% in April compared to 5.9% in the previous month but down from the record high of 6.2% in February. May’s figure was 5.9% but that does not include at least 290 million migrant workers.

Unemployment is a notoriously sensitive subject to the upper echelons of the ruling Communist Party.

“The Covid-19 shock to the job market is unprecedented in its scale, length and nature,” Societe Generale economists Wei Yao and Michelle Lam wrote in a research report last month when they suggested that up to 10% of people officially employed in China could actually be out of work.

Premier Li Keqiang has made tackling unemployment a priority along with new technology infrastructure and domestic consumption. At the National People’s Congress in May, he outlined plans to turbo-charge the economy during his annual state-of-the-union style speech.

“Given fiscal plans, infrastructure investment should continue to accelerate in the months ahead and push up growth in investment and industrial output. Services and consumption should benefit, too, as the construction boom will drive a rebound in high-paying migrant jobs,” Martin Rasmussen, of Capital Economics, a research consultancy, said.

For now, China’s consumers need the currency of confidence that the worst is finally over.

So, they can “shop till they drop” again.

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