Monthly Archives: October 2021

October 2021 Update

China’s National Day, called 国庆节 (Guóqìngjié) in Chinese, is celebrated with great fanfare every year on October 1 as a public holiday. It is a major Chinese holiday to commemorate the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. The 7-day holiday begins from October 1st and runs until the 7th, and this period is called “Golden Week”.

It is called “Golden Week” because normally it is the biggest week for tourism and when many Chinese people take time off to reunite with families and travel around the country to enjoy the holiday. However this year travel was restrained by the lingering impact of the coronavirus and closed borders. But the Chinese are very resourceful and made up for it with a large spending boom on local forms of entertainment!

In the midst of holidays and celebrations, however, persecution is still spreading among Christians in China. Church leaders face many threats and dangers. Some churches have been raided and ordered by local authorities to remain closed, crosses have been removed from churches, Bibles are being confiscated and churches are even being bulldozed and destroyed. Pray for believers to stand strong in the Lord and for their faith to mature in spite of opposition. Pray for house church leaders to boldly witness to the lost and disciple them. Pray for a harvest of equipped leaders to start and lead reproducing churches. Ask God to send laborers to pursue the unreached people of China.

On a positive note our Team Leader reported 386 participants signed up for the new 12-week “Faith or Fiction” class which started on October 2nd lasting through December 18! We are excited to hear this and look forward to hearing about the changed lives that will result!! Pray for our team members as they minister to the participants. Pray the students will be diligent and God will enable them to hear and understand their need for Him and grow in their faith. Pray for God’s encouragement for our leaders on days when they may be frustrated with slow progress. Pray that they will celebrate the victories, thanking God for them and keeping their eyes on Him.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV

As we continue to wait in this state of limbo for things to change so that Rolf can return to China we are so grateful our ministry has continued to grow and flourish, but we also realize Rolf being able to return may not happen in the very near future. So the question is how we humbly serve God and seek His grace and strength as we continue the mission that God began and entrusted to us.    

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8 NIV

Pray we rely on the Holy Spirit’s divine power to motivate and complete the tasks He has called us to do.

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Missile Attacks

Despite spending billions of dollars, the US still lacks a credible ballistic missile defense to protect its territory from Russia, China or Iran. The US does have some defenses against a possible missile strike from North Korea but even these systems require billions of dollars in new investment for needed improvements.  

A good interim solution for the US would be to adopt Israel’s Arrow-3 for homeland security defense, buying time to develop a new and capable ballistic missile defense system.

The US has three land-based missile defense systems and one sea-based system. Of the land-based systems, the Ground Based Midcourse Interceptor (GBI) is potentially the most important to protect US territory from an ICBM launch.  

Read more at America is highly vulnerable to a missile attack

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Private Companies

Private companies will be prohibited from publishing or broadcasting news about politics, culture, sport, and pretty much everything else.

Every year, China publishes a “Negative Market Access List,” jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce, and approved by the Central Committee of the CCP. The list explains what activities are forbidden to non-state actors, including foreign investors and “non-public capital,” meaning private companies.

As many other Chinese regulations, first a draft is published for comments, and then the norms are enacted, normally with few changes if any with respect to the draft. The draft “Negative Market Access List” for 2021 has been published on October 8.

Read more at “China, All Information Should Be Produced and Distributed by the State”

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Killer Robots

High-end autonomous weapon systems set to spark new arms race and diminish massively the cost of waging war.

Autonomous weapon systems – commonly known as killer robots – may have killed human beings for the first time ever last year, according to a recent United Nations Security Council report on the Libyan civil war.

History could well identify this as the starting point of the next major arms race, one that has the potential to be humanity’s final one.

Autonomous weapon systems are robots with lethal weapons that can operate independently, selecting and attacking targets without a human weighing in on those decisions.

Read more at “AI robots may have already killed in combat.”

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Uyghur Family Fortunes

Millions of dollars of assets, mysteriously vanished together with the Uyghurs who owned them, have just as mysteriously reappeared on China’s equivalent of eBay.

When Bitter Winter interviewed Istanbul-based Omerjan Hamdullah in April 2020, he had recently heard, via the Diaspora grapevine, that his property mogul brothers, Rozi Haji, 43, and Memet, 37, co-owners of Xinjiang Ruzi Haji Ltd., a shipment company, and the Korla Chilanbagh Real Estate Development Company, had been sentenced in secret trials to 25 and 15 years for “unspecified crimes,” and their multi-million dollar property empire seized by the CCP.

A recent report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project, Under the Gavel, has unveiled cases involving 55 individuals, including the Hamdullah brothers, and many as yet unreported cases, whose combined assets ranging from home appliances to real estate and company shares, total at least $84.8 million.

Read more at “Uyghur Family Fortunes Mysteriously Reappear for Auction”

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Hidden Enemies

On the eve of China’s October 1 National Day celebrations, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) expelled former vice minister for public security Sun Lijun – not for corruption but serious political crimes almost tantamount to something like an attempted coup.

Specifically, he was accused of “serious violations of discipline” and building cliques and cabals to take over a key government department.

Sun, apprehended about a year ago, is guilty of “overweening political ambitions” and “arbitrarily disagreeing with central policy guidelines,” the mighty party disciplinary committee CCDI wrote in a statement on its official website.

Read more at “The hidden enemies in Xi’s midst”

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Universal Declaration

DAFOH and four other NGOs launch an appeal at the end of the “World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting.”

Organ harvesting is a crime against humanity, and the Chinese Communist regime is totally responsible for it. The entire world should do whatever is legally possible to stop it now, and hold Beijing publicly accountable for it. This is what the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting calls for.

Everybody can sign the Universal Declaration, which comes in different languages, both individuals and organizations. It is important to gather as many signatures as possible. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” goes a famous sentence attributed to Irish philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke (1729–1797), but we all know that propaganda and above all silence are strong allies of evil-doers.

Read more at “A Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting”

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A Biblical View of Persecution

“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord” (Proverbs 21:30-31).

In our last newsletter we “celebrated” the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party in China by looking back at some of their diabolical achievements. Throughout a century of death and destruction, the Lord Jesus Christ has shown ever brighter, resulting in more than 100 million people gladly surrendering their lives to Him. Jesus truly has been the Hero of the Century in China!

Sometimes at Asia Harvest we may become so focused on our work in Asia that we forget that many of the things we take for granted are astonishing to believers elsewhere. For example, someone recently emailed us, asking, “Are you guys aware that in China some Christian websites have been blocked by the government?” We smiled, because the Asia Harvest website has been blacklisted in China since 1998!

Read more at “A Biblical View of Persecution”

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Cultures of Strategies

Different cultures see and represent reality differently. The West was keen on strict realism: “reproduction of the naked anatomy of a body and of realistic visual perspective.”

China was more interested in representing the “emptiness and symbolism of the mind.” Different forms of representation entail different approaches to dealing with reality.

Anatomy and perspective led to confidence in the ability of men to control, reproduce and perfect their own personal reality, which once free would fall in place in natural order, as with market forces.

Read more at “How strategies differ between China and the US”

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Battle at Lake Changjin 

Chinese President Xi Jinping, besieged by crises from China Evergrande to power outages, may take some comfort in recent news: “A human wave of enthusiastic citizens is storming his nation’s cinemas.”

The historical blockbuster Chinese are watching in record numbers is state-funded Korean War epic Battle at Lake Changjin. Its popularity suggests that Beijing’s drive to inculcate patriotism and machismo is bearing fruit.

Making the story even sweeter for Beijing mandarins, it is based on the true story of a torrid Chinese victory over America’s premier troops.

Read more at “China’s winter warriors rout US Marines”

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