China Rips U.S. House Bill on Religious Persecution
ICC NOTE: there seems to be this ongoing disagreement about the religious atmosphere of China between U.S. and Chinese government officials. This difference in opinion also showed itself during the recent China Bible Exhibition launched on U.S. soil. What the Chinese saw as a large step forward, some Americans saw as another attempt for the Chinese government to cover up the religious persecution occurring in China . This legislation is another example, and it will only further complicate and intensify U.S.-China relations.
China ‘s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said a resolution by U.S. lawmakers condemning Beijing for allegedly stepping up religious persecution was a ”groundless accusation.”
Tuesday, Jun. 13
BEIJING (AP) – China ‘s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said a resolution by U.S. lawmakers condemning Beijing for allegedly stepping up religious persecution was a ”groundless accusation” that interfered in China ‘s internal affairs.
The House of Representatives on Monday approved the resolution condemning China for rising persecution of religious believers.
The resolution “constitutes a gross interference in China ‘s internal affairs,” said Jiang Yu, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman. “We express strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition.”
Jiang said the passing of the resolution was a “groundless accusation and attack against China ‘s religious and human rights.”
“We advise the U.S. to take more care of their own issues and do more to address the human rights violation issues in the United States ,” Jiang said. “They should stop interfering with other countries’ internal affairs under the pretext of religious affairs and human rights.”
China maintains tight control over all religions. Those who attend underground Protestant or Catholic churches routinely face detention, harassment and sometimes imprisonment.
“The Chinese government protects the freedom of religious beliefs of citizens in accordance with the law,” Jiang said. “After reform and opening up … we have made great progress in our human rights and people’s livelihoods. This is obvious for all to see.”