Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says China is “growing into a respectable nation,” despite humanitarian violations and the persecution of both Christians and Muslims.
“We hold China as a potential trading partner, as a country that has pulled tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time, and as a country growing into a respectable nation amongst nations,” Feinstein says during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. “I deeply believe that.”
China imposes restrictions on church activity, internet access, social media and people have limited freedoms. An estimated 260 million Christians live in areas of great persecution — an increase of 10 percent compared to 2019, Open Doors USA reports.
“The Chinese government has now placed severe restrictions and policies on the house churches asking neighbors to spy on one another, pressuring school teachers and college professors to betray and sign a statement to denounce their own faith as well to do the same to students,” Pastor Jian Zhu tells Fox News.
China is torturing Muslims, taking millions of Uighur Muslims into concentration camps. In 2018, a UN committee heard that up to one million Uighur Muslims and other Muslim groups are detained in the western Xinjiang region.
Federal agents seized hair weaves over allegations that the individuals making them were suffering human rights abuses. Authorities believe it contains human hair taken from detainees detained in China’s now-infamous internment camps in Xinjiang. A group of Congressmen introduced the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act in March. This ensures that goods made from forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China do not enter the United States market, and for other purposes.
“The drivers of persecution are still very significantly entrenched. Islamic extremism is spreading in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia,” David Curry, the president and CEO of Open Doors USA, shares with Fox News. “Then you add this rise of surveillance technology and strategy by China.”
China denies the existence of the camps and considers them as training centers.