Monthly Archives: June 2021

Church Members Arrested

On June 15, the government in the northern province of Shanxi carried out a unified arrest operation targeting members of The Church of Almighty God (CAG). Up to June 26, 403 CAG members had been arrested, including 124 in Changzhi city, 83 in Lüliang city, 67 in Jinzhong city, 96 in Linfen city, and 33 in Datong city. According to a government insider, this arrest operation might last until the end of July.

One Office of State Security in Shanxi province issued a document about the maintenance of social order during the celebration of the CCP’s 100th anniversary. The document ordered to “put real efforts to strengthen surveillance over key personnel, and carry out severe crackdown on The Church of Almighty God” during the celebration days. The Church of Almighty God (CAG) is a Christian new religious movement. It is the most severely persecuted religious movement in China. Since April this year, the CCP has wantonly arrested CAG members throughout the country in the name of the maintenance of social order during the anniversary celebration.

From middle April to middle June, at least 265 CAG members were arrested by police in the central province of Henan. In Zhengzhou, the capital of the province, the authorities demanded all levels of governments in the province to ascertain the number of CAG members, cooperate with public security organs and related departments, use measures of household investigation, indoor “help and instruction,” mass report, and others, find out the actual situation and movements of local CAG members, and carry out crackdown, maintenance, control, and political work with targets.

Read more at 1000+ Church of Almighty God Members Arrested

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Hypersonic Missiles

“There is a Chinese saying, it takes 10 years to sharpen a sword. We have spent 60 years sharpening two swords and they are the best.” — Chinese researcher Han Guilai

Imagine a wind tunnel, capable of simulating flights at Mach 30 — that’s 23,000 mph, or, 30 times the speed of sound.

It may sound like science fiction, but in fact, China has built a hyper-sonic wind tunnel in Beijing which could put the superpower decades ahead of the West, according to a report in UK’s The Sun.

Researcher Han Guilai, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that together with another facility, also in Beijing, China will be about 20 to 30 years ahead of other powers.

Such futuristic aerospace technology could make it possible for super-fast jets to fly anywhere in the world in two hours or less.

It could also make space travel accessible to ordinary people as the hyper-sonic aircraft could cut costs by more than 90%, reports say.

Read more at Mach 30 tunnel will put China decades ahead

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June 2021 Update

Happy summer and PRAISES for another successful 12 weeks of “Faith or Fiction” classes! There were 324 that participated – that’s 324 lives that have been changed and transformed into the image of Christ!

In this season of many closed doors, the Lord has taught us to wait and pray. Despite the pain, difficulties, and disappointments of these last months, God has been and still is at work in China bringing healing, restoring relationships, transforming lives, and growing ministry partnerships for His kingdom and His glory.

As we look back, we could have easily been discouraged that we were not able to do ministry in person as we had imagined with our Chinese ministry team (they have named themselves In His Image). Now we see how the Lord has been preparing the way and orchestrating His purposes all along. We’d like to introduce you to this hard working, committed team of Chinese leaders:

  • Jennifer & Paul – Team Leaders, Business Focus
  • Ruth & Oscar – Deaf/Blind Focus
  • Martha & Jason – Church/Underground Focus
  • Anna & Waylon – Education/Teaching Focus
  • Marie & Jason – Medical/Health Focus
  • Rose & Craig – Neighborhood Focus
  • Lisa & Eric – Business Focus

Thanks to the Lord, our team has been able to take the Gospel to thousands who have never heard it before and we know how important it is to have people upholding those efforts in prayer. We hope when you receive our newsletters that you don’t just view it as information, but that you might be actively involved with seeing God’s kingdom expand in China through your prayers and support participation as the Lord leads “The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.” Quote from Andrew Murray

“Finally, dear brothers, as I come to the end of this letter, I ask you to pray for (our team)us. Pray first that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and triumph wherever it goes, winning converts everywhere as it did when it came to you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1)

Thank you so much for all your prayers, encouragement and support!  Please let us know how we can be praying for you.

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Bloody Holy Spirit

On June 7, 2021, the Qinnan District People’s Court of Qinzhou city, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GZAR), sentenced 21 members of the Christian new religious movement known as “Bloody Holy Spirit” (血水圣灵) to jail penalties under Article 300 of the Chinese Criminal Code, which forbids being active in a banned religious movement classified as a xie jiao. 15 of them were women.

They were part of a group of “Bloody Holy Spirit” devotees detained by the Qinnan Branch of Qinzhou City Public Security Bureau on September 2, 2020, and formally arrested on October 1, 2020.

The police found that the movement was active in Qinzhou city and Fangchenggang city, both in GZAR, where it had established several churches and a “Youth Formation Group” that was training more than 20 minors.

On August 17, 2020, the devotees hold a meeting for the anniversary of the foundation of the movement in Qinnan district, Qinzhou city. The meeting was raided and 24 participants arrested. According to the decision, the police also seized “113 books, 989 loose propaganda materials, 183 CDs, 1 notice paper, 2 large advertising cloths, 3 calendars, 2 diaries, 48 signs, 37 paper plates, and 2 photographs.”

The court also claimed that a well-organized fundraising operation had been organized through a “Logistics Business Group.”

The movement is mercilessly persecuted in China. In the last month of April, Bitter Winter reported on a similar case in Jiangxi, where members of the “Bloody Holy Spirit” received heavy jail penalties.

The official name of the group is “Blood and Water of Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit Full Gospel Evangelistic Group” (血水圣灵全备福音布道团). The movement was founded in Taiwan by Zuo Kun (左坤), aka Moses Tsuo (b. 1930), a former local leader of the New Testament Church (新约教会), founded by Taiwanese actress Kong Duen-Yee (江端仪, 1923–1966), who separated from the parent organization in August 1988. The movement claims to be a restoration of the primitive Christian church.

In China, the “Bloody Holy Spirit” was included in the list of the xie jiao in 1995.

Read more at “21 Bloody Holy Spirit Members Sentenced in Guangxi”

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Save Uyghurs

An independent tribunal in London, convened to investigate “ongoing atrocities and possible genocide” in China, is bringing to light horrific stories of torture inflicted on Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims. 

Tribunal testimonies reveal subhuman conditions, forced abortions, rape, and the systematic, indiscriminate use of torture against ethnic minorities in “re-education” camps in northwest China, leaving inmates traumatized or dead.

A former Chinese police officer now exiled in Germany, who participated in the arrest of the minorities, composed mostly of Uyghurs, explained in his statement that they “are tortured to remove all disagreement.”  

Read more at China tortures Uyghurs in brutal concentration camps to implement “One China” policy.

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China Wants a Baby Boom

After last year’s headcount of China’s 1.4 billion population, Beijing’s shift last month from enforced contraception to encouraged baby-making appeared to be opportune. It took less than 20 days from releasing key findings of the census in early May to relax birth control demands and encourage each couple to have up to three babies rather than two. 

While there have been tepid responses from Chinese in their prime reproductive ages, Beijing is trying new measures for more babies even with relaxed birth controls still in place. The latest turnaround was conceived when the National Statistics Bureau began to crunch census data since the first quarter. It presented a dire demographic picture that jolted the top leadership. The realization is that mere tweaks to population decision-making will not help reverse the downward demographic trend. 

The world’s most populous country faces a looming “baby deficit” and accelerated workforce graying. The census showed China’s fertility rate stood at 1.3 last year, meaning the average number of children to be born to a woman over her lifetime has slipped to an all-time low since such censuses were first conducted in the1950s. The rate is now among the world’s lowest, almost on a par with fast-graying Japan.

Read more at China wants a baby boom a little too late

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Shenzhou XII

China’s ambitious space program is continuing at a rapid pace. Within days, its space station, “Tianhe” will be manned with three crew members, who will enter the core module and work inside it for three months.

According to the China Manned Space Agency, the mission — Shenzhou XII — is slated to set off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China’s Gobi Desert on June 17 (tentative date).

A Long March 2F carrier rocket with the Shenzhou XII spacecraft on top of it was moved to its launch pad at the space complex on Wednesday evening, the People’s Daily online reported.

The agency said in a brief statement the rocket and the spaceship will receive prelaunch examinations and tests, adding the launch center is ready for the coming mission.

Read more at Shenzhou XII set to blast off for Tianhe space station

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Tiananmen Square Massacre

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, prayed for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre on the 32nd anniversary of their deaths. He also called for “justice” in his homily at a memorial Mass, reported by AsiaNews. 

“We refuse to be pessimistic,” Cardinal Zen said. “We will not be disappointed. In the remembrance of the dead – those killed 32 years ago, our prayer is also for the Lord to lead the rulers to walk on the path of justice and peace.”

On June 4, 1989, Chinese protestors were killed by the government after nearly two months of pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The Chinese government killed the protestors with tanks and gunfire. Although the regime claimed that 241 people died and 7,000 were wounded, a diplomatic cable from the British ambassador to China at the time said that at least 10,000 people were killed.

Authorities in Hong Kong for the second year in a row have curtailed planned events to commemorate the massacre, purportedly for pandemic-related reasons. In 2020, thousands defied police to take part in commemorations. Seven churches in Hong Kong had planned candlelight vigils to commemorate the massacre.

Chinese mainland authorities have seized greater power in Hong Kong, after the imposition of a national security law on the region in 2020. Cardinal Zen said that the massacre may “gradually go far from us, but it seems to reappear before our eyes.”

Read more at Cardinal Zen and U.S. Legislators Commemorate Tiananmen Square Massacre

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China Seizes Bhutan’s Territory

“Raise the bright five-star red flag high.” This was the rally cry that Communist Party official Wu Yingjie gave to Chinese citizens during a visit last year to a town China has recently built high in the Himalayas called Gyalaphug. But there is a big problem with Wu’s order and the very existence of Gyalaphug: “While the Chinese claim that the town lies in China, it is actually well inside the nation of Bhutan.”

Based on satellite imagery and Chinese media reports, Robert Barnett broke the story of China’s illegal construction of Gyalaphug in Foreign Policy last month. Barnett noted that Gyalaphug is one of three villages China has built in Bhutan’s Beyul region since 2015. It has also constructed “66 miles of new roads, a small hydro-power station, two Communist Party administrative centers, a communications base, a disaster relief warehouse, five military or police outposts, and what are believed to be a major signals tower, a satellite receiving station, a military base, and up to six security sites and outposts.”

These developments mean almost all of the Beyul and the entirety of the nearby Menchuma Valley is under Chinese control. These regions together make up 1 percent of Bhutan’s total territory. Were the nation to lose this land, it would be comparable to the United States losing Indiana.

And China seems prepared to make Bhutan’s loss permanent. Official government rhetoric calls the citizens China has installed in these locations “soldiers without uniforms.” It orders them to make “every village a fortress and every household a watch post.”

Read more at China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country’s Territory

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Private Health Care Data

China is amassing large quantities of private American health care data, including sensitive genetic information, as the coronavirus pandemic forces an unprecedented and often unregulated amount of cooperation between the U.S. government and Communist tied medical companies.

China has “made collecting health care-related data a national priority,” according to a new report submitted to Congress by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which is tasked with analyzing threats posed by the Communist regime. Beijing’s interest in this information extends far beyond the commercial realm.

Health care “data” can help China build complex portfolios on American citizens, inflating the risk they could be targeted, according to the U.S. intelligence community. The U.S. government has repeatedly warned that Beijing could exploit this information but still continues to work with Chinese companies deemed a security threat.

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated espionage concerns, according to the report. Chinese genetic sequencing companies and other medical firms have made major inroads in America as the country struggles to provide timely coronavirus testing and analysis to those at risk of getting the virus. China has supplied cheap COVID testing kits, giving it access to Americans’ genetic data, which it can use to build profiles on U.S. citizens. This has heightened worries about how China will use that critical information.

Genetic information “can be used from a counterintelligence perspective to either coerce you or convince you to help the Chinese,” John Demers, a top national security official in the Department of Justice, warned in an interview.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the United States to work closer with Chinese medical companies, which provide cheap supplies due to government subsidies. While the Trump administration was angling to crack down on China and its spy apparatus during its final weeks in office, the incoming Biden administration has promised to reset ties with Beijing—potentially paving the way for increased cooperation with Chinese companies.

One of the most closely scrutinized Chinese genetic sequencing companies is the “BGI Group”, which has sent coronavirus testing kits around the world. BGI has increased its footprint in the United States in recent years by acquiring smaller American companies. This has given the Communist tied company “access to proprietary sequencing technology in the United States,” according to the new report.

“In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the United States has further opened up its market to Chinese medical devices that collect U.S. health care data,” the report noted. In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed off on emergency use authorizations for BGI’s American subsidiary to test for coronavirus. This marked the first time in history the United States permitted Chinese-manufactured devices to be used in the country.

As of August, BGI has sold more than 35 million coronavirus tests to 180 countries, including the United States, according to the report.

BGI “labs are providing Chinese researchers with heterogeneous genetic data to serve Chinese ambitions to dominate the biotech market,” the report said.

BGI, which is a private company, maintains it is not controlled or funded by the Communist government and keeps a close guard on patient data. Its subsidiaries, however, have been sanctioned by the U.S. government for alleged human rights abuses related to the ethnic minority Uighur community.

Earlier this year, U.S. security officials warned Nevada against using BGI-made coronavirus kits, highlighting the difficulty this country has had balancing concerns about Communist China with its need to effectively combat the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. officials at the time cited “concerns about patient privacy and Chinese government involvement,” according to an Associated Press report. The state ultimately discarded 250,000 coronavirus tests as a result of the warning.

China experts view Beijing’s moves as dangerous for patient privacy. “China’s BGI Group may now have the largest database on Americans after acquiring Complete Genomics in 2013,” Gordon Chang, a veteran China analyst, warned last month. “Beijing is determined to dominate the biotech industry and may also be developing biological weapons designed to target certain ethnic groups.”

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