The U.S. should focus on finding solutions to its problems with racism instead of criticizing China over its religious freedom state, Beijing has said in response to the U.S. State Department's report which highlighted Christian persecution in the Communist country.
In an email sent to The Christian Post on Aug. 17, China Aid president Bob Fu said China was wrong in comparing its religious freedom state to America's white supremacist issues. He explained that Beijing was "directly responsible" for the persecution of religious minorities, while the racism issues are perpetuated by white nationalist individuals in the U.S.
"The Chinese government is directly responsible for their abuses, while the U.S. government is not necessarily responsible for racism," Fu said in his email. "In Charlottesville, racism occurred because a group of white nationalist individuals who are not affiliated with the government acted on their prejudices, and many U.S. officials went on to condemn their actions, demonstrating that this is not a human rights abuse that can be tied to the government."
In addition, Fu said China's policies are meant to target certain groups or people. He pointed out that the Communist government even holds official conferences to discuss the proper execution of these regulations, which Fu said is tantamount to "direct government responsibility" for the acts of persecution.
The U.S. State Department's 2016 annual religious freedom report highlighted recorded incidents of human rights abuses by the Communist nation. The records include a church demolition which ended up with the death of a pastor's wife when the couple was buried alive for opposing the order.
Christian churches in China continue to be targeted by the government in a widespread crackdown. The situation has forced a lot of believers to hold their religious gatherings and prayers in secret in so-called "house churches," SBS reported.
In Xinjiang, one Christian was charged with "disturbing public order" for opening his home to a Bible study attended by four individuals. Previously, persons slapped with this charge were detained for a maximum of 15 days, but now, they are reportedly being handed jail terms that run from three to seven years.