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ICC Note: Despite cultivating an image of greater freedoms, China continues to tightly monitor and restriction the growth of religion among its 1.3 billion citizens. Christians are able to worship relatively freely in some unregistered churches, especially in major cities, but an unknown number are regularly detained and sentenced to serve time in labor camps for refusing to join the government controlled church. Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey has long led the way in promoting human rights globally and in China especially. His recent letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urges the secretary to do more to pressure to China to increase human rights and specifically mentions Chen Guangcheng, a blind human rights lawyer who dramatically escaped house arrest and fled to the United States last year. 
8/7/2013 China (ChinaAid) – The annual Human Rights Dialogue between China and the United States on July 30-31, 2013, has ended in Kunming, China. As recently as last year, the international community and human rights organizations had questioned past China-U.S. human rights talks that had borne no fruit. During the Obama administration, this dialogue has become completely ineffective, despite the hopes of many. Since the Democratic Party took power in 2008, human rights talks between China and the United States have been conducted in total secrecy. The content of these secret talks is unknown to the outside world. Therefore, is there any reason these talks should continue?
In truth, the human rights situation in China continues to worsen; here are examples: A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, reformer Liu Xiaobo, is still serving his sentence in prison, and his wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest for no known reason. House churches and other believers experience more and more serious persecution. Internet censorship has become stricter, and the opportunity for freedom of speech has been under constantly increasing repression. The policy of forced family planning is carried out more secretly, with countless, unimaginable horrors inflicted by “family planning authorities;” families with children exceeding the one-child quota and the children themselves do not get just treatment. To extinguish the voice of the people and “to build a more peace civil society,” authorities crack down severely on those who call for political reform. One example of this heavy-handedness was the arrest of Dr. Xu Zhiyong and netizens who asked officials simply to publish the values of their properties.
Governments at various levels treat with extra-legal means those petitioners and citizens who defend their rights in accordance with Chinese law; the policy against the Tibetans, Uyghurs, and other ethnic minorities are even more brutal. What the Chinese Communist government is doing deviates progressively further from the norm of universal human rights. Chinese society is filled with tyranny. On one side, China experiences economic growth, but socially it is a human rights disaster. This outcome is directly related to China’s “human rights appeasement” policy toward western democratic societies, headed by the United States. When dealing with the Chinese totalitarian government, the West appears to have lost its will to exercise the basic principles and traditions of respect for freedom and human rights.

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