Monthly Archives: November 2020

Year End Update 2020

It’s been a year unlike any other. Together, we’ve faced a global pandemic, sweeping political and economic uncertainty, social unrest … and in the midst of it all, we’ve seen God’s powerful intervention over and over again. He is faithful!

Despite 2020 going down in history as one of the most tumultuous year ever, our seven leaders in China were able to teach three 12-week “Faith of Fiction” curriculums. Because of your prayers and financial investments, 1290 participants experienced God’s salvation and were strengthened in their faith after receiving God’s Word through our Bible projects.

It’s no secret that we live in a sick and failing world. Even unbelievers want to improve the society they live in.  The Lord Jesus is continuing to bring in His harvest among the Chinese. Tens of thousands of lost people found salvation in Jesus, and tens of thousands more will be saved tomorrow, and every day after. Jesus’ kingdom is expanding and He is the Victor! His timetable is right on target, and one day when “the full number of Gentiles” has come in, God will close the curtain on this sick and sorry age. Until then, we are called to patiently endure, and to “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord,  and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:3-4)

It has been a great joy for us to be allowed to serve the Church in China, and to come alongside our leaders as they reach out to the lost. Many of those we serve have few possessions by the world’s standards, but they possess Jesus Christ and they desire to make Him known to as many people as possible. God loves such an attitude, and He empowers them to do great works and to bring multitudes into His kingdom. We are honored to assist and serve and we thank each person who prayed for and supported our work this year. Without your vital partnership and financial resources none of these things would have occurred.

“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened. But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:13-15).

May God bless you and your loved ones this “Thanksgiving Season” as together we continue to serve the Church in China.

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My Presence

“The Lord replied, My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

 

 You really want revival? It will ruin your schedule, your dignity, your image, and your reputation as a person who is well balanced. Men will weep throughout the congregation. Women will wail because of the travail of their own souls.

Young adults will cry like children at the magnitude of their sin. With the strength of My Presence, the worship team will cease playing. Time will seem to stand still.

You won’t be able to preach because of the emotions flooding your own soul. You’ll struggle to find words, but only find tears.

Even the most dignified and reserved among you will be broken and humbled as little children. The proud and self righteous will not be able to stand in My Presence.

The doubter and unbeliever will either run for fear or fall on their knees and worship Me. There can be no middle ground. The church will never be the same again.

Are you ready for revival?

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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

A new debate in the British Parliament calls to boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. A coalition forming to protest atrocities in Xinjiang offers hope that the CCP crimes will no longer be ignored.

The British government has Beijing roundly in its cross hairs following a debate in parliament urging sanctions over its treatment of Uyghurs. A petition garnering international support with almost 150,000 signatures precipitated the session, which was attended in person by members of parliament from every political party and corner of the British Isles, who spoke vehemently and persuasively of the need to act against China.

The number of debates and strength of feeling among members of the UK Parliament concerning atrocities meted out by the CCP against its citizens has grown in size and intensity over the past two years, since the scandal of organ harvesting of political prisoners was raised two years ago, and demands for sanctions have escalated.

Uyghur exiles asking, “Where are our relatives?” They have had no contact with their loved ones for more than three years.

This comes in the wake of another pivotal gathering of the UN Human Rights Council recently, where Germany on behalf of 39 countries made a statement, calling out Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs and demanding “unfettered access” to the Xinjiang region, based on “increasing numbers of reports of gross human rights violations.”

Turkey stepped off its wavering fence this year, and joined opposition to Beijing with ambassador Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu expressing concern. “As a country having ethnic, religious and cultural ties with the Uyghur Turks, we have been particularly alarmed by the recently published reports and news on human rights practices against the Uyghur Turks and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang,” he said.

Support for the Uyghurs in the UN has grown markedly since last year’s July assembly when only 22 nations opposed CCP’s policies. But Beijing was ready this year to counterattack, having primed a total of 70 countries to back them up. Pakistan had rallied 55 countries in support of China’s actions in Hong Kong, and Cuba 45 countries to support the CCP efforts in Xinjiang, with Kuwait making a parallel joint statement on behalf of three Gulf States.

China described attempts to “smear its human rights record” as doomed to failure. They were “despicable,” “poisonous,” and “standing on the wrong side of history,” they said, which echo strongly Xi Jinping’s conviction voiced recently that his policies on Xinjiang are successful and he was not going to back down.

Other international alliances have been forming in attempts to stem the tide of China’s relentless disdain for world opinion. In September, a coalition of 160 human rights groups delivered a letter to the “International Olympic Committee” (IOC) urging it to revoke Beijing’s hosting of the Winter Olympic Games. IPAC, the “Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China”, an international cross-party group of legislators working towards reform on how democratic countries approach China, headed by UK parliamentarian Sir Iain Duncan Smith, is also campaigning to see the sporting event moved.

Roadside posters leaving dissenters in no doubt of their fate should they demur.

A Washington Post editorial in September suggested that China should be stripped of the Winter Olympics. “The world must ask whether China, slowly strangling an entire people, has the moral standing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics,” it said. “We think not.”

Leading the UK debate in London, MP Chris Evans Islwyn, in the face of Beijing’s disregard of world opinion, urged for Magnitsky sanctions to be imposed by the UK on Chinese officials implicated in the Uyghur scandal. “The suffering that the Uyghur Muslims have undergone, and sadly continue to undergo is nothing short of horrifying,” he said, detailing the fears of the Diaspora now severed from their families, the harrowing tales of beatings, torture, rape and mass sterilizations, destruction of their language, culture and religion, and now the mass deportation of former camp detainees to work as forced laborers all over China making goods for Western brands.

“The image is dystopian,” he said. “The surveillance is total.” He went on, “Uyghur Muslims do not have the right to their religion, to their bodies, or to freedom of expression. The system is policed through directives given to officials in Xinjiang. The directives do not mention judicial procedures, but call for the detention of anyone who displays so-called ‘symptoms’ of radicalism or anti-Government views. The international community should be gravely concerned,” he urged.

Citing the US government’s implementation of Magnitsky sanctions against Russian human rights violators in 2012, and the UK’s own version devised earlier this year, he pointed out that already it had been used to sanction the killers of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, organizations implicated in forced labor in North Korea, and the very Russian officials who were allegedly involved in the mistreatment of Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow jail.

“The Magnitsky sanctions are effective, because sterling is a valuable global currency to hold,” he pointed out. “By having their assets frozen in Britain, sanctioned individuals are unable to have assets or continue to do their business.” The remit of the sanctions include no longer being allowed to enter the country or to own residences, and encompass people who act on behalf of a state to violate other human rights, such as the right not to be subject to torture, the right to be free from slavery or forced labor and, above all, the right to life.

Without exception participants in the debate asked why Britain was dragging its heels on sanctions. “China is undeniably an economic powerhouse, but we cannot let its strength in world economics shield it so as to allow atrocities and human rights violations,” urged Chris Evans, concluding that the time to act had come.

The time for mere “outrage,” expressions of “grave concern,” and just speaking out against human rights abuses, was over, he suggested. “We have an abundance of evidence in the form of leaked documents, satellite imagery and the harrowing testimony of victims. We cannot continue to listen to the mounting evidence and do nothing substantial with it,” he said.

Ploughshares into medieval weaponry, for ordinary every-day folk in Xinjiang… now guarding each other.

Many of the British MP’s calling for action pointed to the USA, whose Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 set a new bar for trade with China and goods produced with forced labor. Its Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, passed overwhelmingly on September 22nd, went a step further to ensure that U.S. entities are not funding forced labor among ethnic minorities in the region. Imports that have even a hint of slavery in their supply chains, are banned under the new legislation and the UK MP’s demanded Britain follow suit.

Responding to a welter of persuasive rhetoric from thirteen other MPs demanding fearlessness and maintenance of moral high ground against Beijing’s bullying and subversive tactics vis a vis not only Uyghurs, but Tibetans and more recently Southern Mongolians, Nigel Adams, UK government Minister for Asia admitted that the British government was not blind to the atrocities. “We are committed to responding robustly to all human rights violations in Xinjiang,” he promised, citing the government’s leading role within the international community to hold China to account.

While remaining vague on an expansion of the scope of the UK Magnitsky provision to include China, which in the final analysis was in the hands of the UK Foreign Secretary, he went so far as to state, “China must immediately end extrajudicial detention in Xinjiang, and uphold the principles of freedom of religion or belief, freedom of speech, and freedom of association for every single one of its citizens.”

He confirmed that any action taken on behalf of the British Government against Beijing, would always be in the context of national values. “As the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary have made clear, we want a positive relationship with China, but we will always act to uphold our values, our interests, and our national security. We are crystal clear with China when we disagree with its approach,” he stressed.

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Should You Fear Covid 19?

As A Christian, Should You Fear The Coronavirus?
By Christine Smith

Taking a look around me, I see panic, anxiety, sometimes anger and much worry. In short, I see “fearful” people.

I hope that doesn’t describe you. But if it does, you have made a very serious spiritual mistake. You are letting fear make your decisions and it’s a result of a lack of faith in God for your life. One can have wise and prudent concern over a matter without becoming fearful.

In 2nd Timothy 1:7 we are told: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” If God has not given you that spirit of fear, who has? The great deceiver “Satan.”

If you are feeling fear you are succumbing to Satan’s temptation to not trust God and once you let your faith and trust falter, Satan is right there to make you worry over everything. This applies not only to the virus our nation is fighting right now but to all of your life in which you face the unknown and unpredictable.

Throughout the Bible, we as children of God are repeatedly told a message of “fear not.”

This is always said very powerfully in the Bible and in a variety of circumstances. Fear not when facing a military battle; Fear not when facing a deceiving or strong foe; fear not when facing troubling difficulties and deprivation; fear not.

The message to us from God is the same now as then, as we face this invisible enemy of a virus which can be communicable on surfaces and present and communicable in people even before they exhibit symptoms, is fear not.

So the answer to my beginning question, should you fear the coronavirus, is a resounding no! So what should you do?

Jesus told us in 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Fear is what you see in those who panic and worry. But what about your feelings of caution and defense? You know there is a danger; you are aware of what is happening. Your natural God-given instinct is to address this in some way in your life, right? Is that fear? No, it’s not. I think it is very important for Christians to distinguish between “fear” is and what “concern” is.

Fear comes from a lack of love which in essence is a lack of faith. It’s thinking all is up to you and others and it manifests in wild, stifling, and dangerous behaviors.

Concern, on the contrary, is a wise rational approach using what God has given you. Concern is a legitimate response to any dangerous situation; while fear is the emotionalism that leads to reactions which can ironically actually increase danger and make situations worse.

Fear always happens when you cease to go to God first, while as concern is the way a believer relates to any situation knowing God is with him, loves him, and will guide him into the correct decisions.

Let’s take another look at that Scripture in 2nd Timothy, it said God has not given you a spirit of fear, instead, God has given you a spirit of 3 characteristics: “of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” Think about each of those in view of the crisis of this virus:

Characteristic 1 — Power: In a world where we see people behaving desperately, it is obvious they feel powerless. This is understandable when relatively unprepared to face any dangerous powerful enemy. It’s how people feel when they are failing to trust God with their life. A true Christian can maintain inner peace, or as Paul described, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

At all times you can keep this peace regardless of the circumstances surrounding you because God will guard your mind if you seek Him first and abide in His will. The more you do this, you will begin to experience a peace which comes from an awareness of the power you possess as a child of God. No matter the calamities and turmoil all around you, you can face it with the most powerful ally you can have — God.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). No matter the circumstances, as a believer, you must remember at all times God is with you and is the provider of all things. Residing in this realization brings the peace you should have as a child of God.

Jesus told us,  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) Living in His peace makes you view all circumstances entirely differently, not from the powerless weak state of being a mere man, but from the powerful enormously strong position of being a child of God.

Characteristic 2 — Love: How do we receive and evince this perfect love? Remember in scripture we are told to love God with all our heart and then to love all others. To love others requires you love yourself enough to first care for you and those close to you, only then can you be available to serve others.

In circumstances as this nation finds itself now, to love oneself can be shown by staying away from unnecessary risks, avoiding activities that require social contact. It is not loving to expose oneself unnecessarily and neither is it loving to possibly expose others. To love means to forsake your false self which wants to do whatever it wants in some twisted idea of freedom or liberty regardless of the consequences to others. There’s plenty of people like that who want to defy the recommendations or orders and it’s because they are selfish.

Love is never selfish. To love means to place something above your superficial wants and do what is most healing, healthy and considerate of all, even toward those you do not know. I reiterate, love is not selfish. And it doesn’t require being asked or ordered to do what is most considerate of other people as it does so willingly (ordered or not) because a loving individual always wants to do what is right.

Thus in your behavior, activities, and willingness to help or share you love at all times even it means giving up some activities you would otherwise want to do. Love also means praying in this time of much hurt for our President, our Vice President, those who counsel them, our healthcare workers and others who work diligently even at their own peril and for those suffering in any way as a result of the virus.

Characteristic 3 — Sound Mind: The scripture says God will give you a “sound mind.” What you do with it is up to you. The fact is many people do not have a sound mind, and sadly many Christians are far from being examples of being persons with a sound mind. Why? Because they allow emotionalism and a habit of irrationality to control their life and thus get awfully confused about what they should or should not do in a crisis.

They listen to fear and once they start worrying at all it will multiply into all manner of craziness thereby ending any “sound mind” they had previously. A sound mind, like a sound body, requires use/exercise to increase in soundness and to stay that way.

Sometimes weaker Christians, those who lack biblical understanding, get terribly confused in all of life, wanting to do what is right but being confused by the simplest instruction God has given us. What should they do? If they are not to fear, does it mean that they should not alter plans or priorities in order to show faithfulness to God. Should they act like nothing is wrong after all it’s in God’s hands so they need do nothing? No! Absolutely not. God has given us a sound mind, which implies you must use it, to do what? THINK. Not react, not complain, not cast blame, or anything else, you use a sound mind to think.

In my life, I’ve seen numerous examples of Christians showing a lot of stupidity. Frequently they are those who speak of God incessantly, but their lives show them doing such foolish things and when questioned they reply they trust God and dismiss caution. For example, such reckless people might say they will walk down any street even if known to be a dangerous part of town or that they will carry no cell phone for communication on a long desolate walk nor carry a means of self-defense against wild animals or take prudent precautions against evil human beings. They will open their door to anyone who knocks. Some tell me they do not lock their car or home doors, etc.

When it comes to this or anything like the current contagion, they might think it consistent with godliness to either do nothing and behave like everything is the same as before in their quest to not show fear or in another lack of understanding and lack of faith they panic in the ways I described earlier. With either choice, they could not be farther from the truth than if they were a non-believer or atheist.

A sound mind is a mind that is rational, thoughtful and logical. It remains calm and assesses a situation. It does not react — it acts afterthought.

Christians with a sound mind would have years ago anticipated possible disruptions in the economic supply chain or any other unknown situation in which it is either not advisable to go out among people or impossible. A wise individual, and wisdom is prized in the Bible, would have constructively used the resources God has given him to provide for himself and his family.

It reminds me of Jesus’ parable of the talents, where a master left his three servants in charge of a certain amount of money due to his leaving on a trip. On his return, he summoned the servants to see what type of stewardship they had shown. To those who had shown wise investment and use of what had been given and entrusted to him, he gave more. And to the one who had kept it doing nothing, he was punished and would never be trusted with anything again.

God gives us provision. Everything we have is from Him. A sound mind uses that provision wisely to his glory. Those with sound minds — living in God’s love — powerful beyond what the world offers — would have long ago taken steps to be ready for disruption to conventional life. And if not, if circumstances prevented it, which I think would be the case for very few, but let’s say someone did not think that way previously or truly could not have done so, they need to now begin prioritizing and without regard to what anyone else thinks of them.

Wise Christians will use the “power, love and sound mind” God has given them to let their concern lead them to prioritize everything in view of staying safe, healthy and helping their family and those they care about do the same. They will listen to the authority’s guidance and simultaneously they will use their sound minds to do what they consider prudent.

As my father has said for many years: “Crisis reveals character.” Let this crisis be a time you learn and grow from.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, choose faith over fear and let concern be met with wisdom, peace, and strength. Remember what Joshua wrote: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

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Mosques in Xinjiang

China has carried out a systematic campaign against mosques, destroying or damaging thousands of them throughout the “Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region” (XUAR), according to a report from the Australian Strategy Policy Institute (ASPI).

Despite Beijing’s repeated claims that Xinjiang has more than 24,000 mosques, the think tank estimates there are fewer than 15,500 left. “This is the lowest number since the Cultural Revolution, when fewer than 3,000 mosques remained,” the report said.

ASPI analysis found that since 2017, approximately 8,450 mosques were destroyed across Xinjiang, and another estimated 7,550 mosques were damaged or had Islamic-style architecture and symbols removed. The report found an additional 30 percent of Islamic sacred sites, including shrines, cemeteries, and pilgrimage routes have been demolished in the region, and another 28 percent have been damaged or altered.

A majority of the sites remained empty, others were turned into roads or parking lots or used for agriculture, while some sites were leveled and rebuilt on a smaller scale, according to the report. The only areas where mosques remained primarily intact were in tourist areas like Urumqi and Kashgar.

To collect the data, ASPI found the precise coordinates of more than 900 sites before 2017, including 533 mosques and 382 shrines and other holy sites. These sites were then compared to recent satellite photos and cross-referenced with census data to make “statistically robust estimates,” according to the Guardian.

According to Reuters, China’s foreign ministry denied the claims made in the ASPI report, and said there are over 24,000 mosques in Xinjiang, “more mosques per capita than many Muslim countries.”

But where is the outrage over the fact that at least 500 churches in London have been turned into mosques?

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A Dictator’s Fantasy

What happens when one man attains “absolute power” over hundreds of millions?

“I begged them to kill me,” said Mihrigul Tursun. “Each time I was electrocuted, my whole body would shake violently, and I could feel the pain in my veins.”

Tursun was describing the torture she suffered while being held for months with 60 other women in an internment camp. Their cell was small and suffocating. They slept in turns, with most standing to make floor space for the few whose turn it was to lie down. They were routinely beaten, electrocuted, and forced to take unknown medications, including capsules that caused them to blackout and a liquid that caused bleeding in some and cessation of menstruation in others. During Tursun’s final three months, nine women from her cell died. All the while, in an Orwellian twist, the women were made to sing songs praising their captors.

And here is an important detail: “Tursun’s nightmare did not happen decades ago in some long-shuttered concentration camp. It happened in an internment network run by her own national government, and it is still operating right now.”

Mihrigul Tursun is an ethnic “Uyghur” from Xinjiang. This region, south of Kazakhstan and Mongolia, was long contested by the Mongols, the Chinese and several Turkic groups until the Qing Dynasty brought it under China’s control in the 18th century. Ever since, Xinjiang has been an intermittent flash point for tensions between the Uyghurs, who are mostly Turkic-speaking Muslims, and the Han Chinese, Mandarin-speaking atheists who comprise more than 90 percent of China’s total population.

The anxieties intensified throughout the 1990s: The Kazakhs, Kyrgyzians and other Turkic-speaking, Muslim, Communist neighbors seceded from the Soviet Union and formed independent nations bearing their names. Many Uyghurs sought to make Xinjiang a sovereign nation as well: “Uyghuristan.” But Chinese leaders were bent on keeping Xinjiang locked into what they call “the great family of Chinese national territory.”

The tensions exploded in 2008 when Uyghurs protested Chinese oppression with terrorist bus bombings and attacks on police facilities. Chinese authorities said the violence killed hundreds of people, mainly Han Chinese, and deployed large numbers of People’s Liberation Army soldiers to Xinjiang’s largest city, Ürümqi. The violent outbursts continued throughout the next few years, but the Chinese Communist Party kept tightening its grip on Xinjiang.

Then a new man was appointed leader of China. He would tighten the Communist Party’s grip to a choke hold. When Xi Jinping became general secretary of the Communist Party in late 2012, he was a relatively obscure personality in Chinese politics. Most experts believed he would lead the nation in the tradition of his most recent predecessors, maintaining the status quo. But Xi began almost immediately to confound those forecasts.

Rather than keeping the “first among equals” brand of leadership followed by his recent predecessors, he embraced a strongman approach. He bypassed State Council authorities by creating policymaking party groups, many of which he personally chairs. He took direct control of writing policy on everything from China’s economy and international relations to its Internet regulations. Xi waged an anti-corruption campaign resulting in the arrest or imprisonment of a breathtaking 1.4 million Communist Party members. He disappeared dissidents and hundreds of human rights lawyers in waves of arrests. He also implemented profound military reforms that made him the unchallenged head of China’s vast army.

“He not only controls the military,” Shanghai-based military expert Ni Lexiong told the Associated Press, “but also does it in an absolute manner. He is ready to command personally.”

In April 2014, just weeks after knife-wielding Uyghur terrorists killed 31 people and injured 141, Xi made an official visit to Xinjiang. Hours after his departure, a Uyghur bomb tore through an Ürümqi train station, killing three and injuring 79.

Xi seemed to take the attacks as a direct challenge to his authority and to China’s overall stability. “Build steel walls and iron fortresses,” he said later that year while announcing a “People’s War on Terrorism.” He told party leaders in Xinjiang: “Set up nets above and snares below. Cracking down severely on violent terrorist activities must be the focus of our current struggle.”

Xi’s government lost no time making his vision a reality. And the campaign quickly began to extend far beyond a crackdown just on “violent terrorist activities.”

By May 2015, when Mihrigul Tursun was first detained, Xinjiang was being transformed into a state of inescapable surveillance and “predictive policing.” There were ubiquitous cameras, thousands of police checkpoints, and hundreds of what the Chinese government euphemistically calls “reeducation” or “vocational training” schools. It was in these facilities that Tursun was tortured for months on end.

She was detained upon returning to China from Egypt, where her husband lived. Since the Chinese Communist Party views Egypt as a potential “radicalization zone”, party officials snatched her and abused her until they were convinced that she posed no threat to societal stability. Vast numbers of other Xinjiang residents have suffered similarly for far less.

Various sources put the total number of Uyghurs and other Xinjiang Muslims detained in the camps in 2019 between 1.1 million and 3 million. This is of a total population of just 10 million Uyghurs, which grows to 12 million when the count includes non-Uyghur Muslims, some of whom have also been detained.

Xi’s government says the purpose of holding these individuals is to educate “religious extremism” out of their thinking and to teach them Mandarin and job skills. But evidence from survivors such as Tursun and from two caches of highly classified Communist Party documents reveal the true goal: “Xi Jinping is using his dictatorial powers to perpetrate cultural genocide.”

Before Xi, the Communist Party portrayed China as a multi-ethnic society that believed in cultural pluralism. In this spirit, it permitted various minority populations certain government-sanctioned expressions of distinction. But Xi has changed that. He has shown himself determined to “Sinicize” Xinjiang and to subdue and assimilate Uyghurs into a “monolithic Han culture.”

“The organs of dictatorship” must be used to subdue the region, Xi told Communist Party leaders during a 2014 speech that was transcribed among the documents leaked in 2019. “Show absolutely no mercy,” he said. “The weapons of the people’s democratic dictatorship must be wielded without any hesitation or wavering.”

Inside Xinjiang’s camps and prisons, Chinese agents are implementing these orders. They are forcing detainees to consume alcohol and pork and forbidding them to pray or speak their language. They are subjecting those who resist to “torture, sexual abuse, forced abortions, sterilization and transplanting their organs against their will.” The organs of dictatorship.

Outside of the camps, Xinjiang has been transformed into the world’s most technologically advanced and obtrusive police state. Arabic script and Islamic imagery is being “eradicated” from businesses and homes, often replaced by pictures of Xi and Communist China’s founder, Mao Zedong. Mosques and Muslim graveyards are being systematically destroyed.

The Communist Party is not only detaining Uyghurs, but they are often replacing them, in their own households and in their own beds next to their wives with Han Chinese men. The party is literally breeding Uyghur genes out of Xinjiang: “genocide by father replacement.”

This and more was confirmed to the world when the party’s internal documents were leaked. Yet the leak and the international condemnation that followed does not seem to have shaken Xi. He has claimed that the personal testimonies and leaked papers are “fabrication and fake news.” The Global Times, which his party controls, recently praised Xi’s “training centers” in Xinjiang for their success in turning potential extremists into “normal people.”

While he used the “organs of dictatorship” to commit “cultural genocide”, including cutting organs out of unwilling victims, Xi was also successful in early 2018 in removing the constitutional term limits on his rule. His “organs of dictatorship” can now continue for the rest of his life.

It is clear that this self-justifying and unfathomably powerful Chinese dictator will keep on asserting his will upon the Uyghurs and all of China’s 1.4 billion people. And this will result in profound suffering for millions far beyond “the great family of Chinese national territory.”

In the modern age, Xi’s immense and almost entirely unchecked powers seem somewhat anomalous. But history is filled with dictators like him. Such men have almost always produced broad-scale abuses of human beings like those now underway in Xinjiang. Give government enough power, and this is what happens.

Qin Shi Huang, Ghengis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Ivan the Terrible, King Leopold II and Adolf Hitler: “All used the organs of dictatorship to gruesome effect.” Xi’s fellow champions of “communism” are notorious for it:

Mongolia’s Khorloogiin Choibalsan killed tens of thousands of his people; Cambodia’s Pol Pot killed almost 2 million of his own people. But they were merely bullies on a playground compared to the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin, who slaughtered 20 million to 60 million. Then there was Mao Zedong, Xi’s recent predecessor, under whose despotic reign 65 to 75 million Chinese people were starved, tortured, bullied to suicide or executed as traitors. “Every Communist must grasp this truth,” Mao said. “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

Over and over again, when a human government is given great amounts of unchecked power, genocide, politicide, democide, repression and egregious human rights violations are inevitable. This is often because the leaders feel violence is justified to build a better world, and they succeed in selling their vision to supporters.

In many cases, it is a matter of leftist, utopianist tyrants who believe the ends justify the means. My vision is noble, and my ideals are virtuous. I must use absolute force to quash dissent so my ideals can become reality. I must wield my power pitilessly today to create a beautiful world for tomorrow.

When an authoritarian is driven by such thinking, the throat of liberty is slit. Human rights are blindfolded and shot in the street. And rule of law is publicly guillotined. These are all necessary casualties in the pursuit of the larger goal. They are the blood sacrifices that must be offered up to the “greater good.”

Xinjiang is just the beginning, such authoritarian governments and policies will soon dominate the world.

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