Chinese Christians in the US did not make a big stir when President Hu Jintao of China visited a few weeks ago, but they are meeting today with President Bush to encourage his growing impatience with the Communist regimes restrictions on religion.
AsiaNews/Agencies (05/11/06) A group of Christian dissidents are set to meet US President George W. Bush today at the White House to discuss freedom of religion in China .
One member of the group, which is very critical about Beijing s control over religions, is Yu Jie, a Beijing-based writer and evangelical Christian, Li Baiguang and Wang Yi: the three said they wanted to return home after visiting the United States .
Bob Fu, a former unofficial Protestant pastor of Beijing , will also take part in the meeting. Fu now leads the China Aid Association, an organization based in California that monitors the plight of Christians in China .
Fu said the meeting reflected Bush’s growing impatience with the Communist regimes restrictions on religion, including its attempt to exclude the Vatican from control of Catholic bishops appointments. He said: This meeting sends a strong signal to Beijing that President Bush is very determined on this issue.
Yu, who forms part of an unofficial Christian congregation, said: China ‘s small but growing band of politically engaged Christians might have attracted Bush’s interest. This is a new phenomenon – young supporters of democracy and human rights who have also embraced Christ.