China takes youngsters away from Christian dad and mom and threatens to ship them to re-education camps

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Members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in China.Facebook / Early Rain Covenant Church

China has threatened to send children from Christian families to re-education camps, according to alarming reports from a member of a local church in the country.

A member of the Early Rain Covenant Church in China has described the Chinese Communist Party's increasing persecution of Christians, saying the authorities have threatened church members to confiscate and take their children to re-education camps. Others had been told that their adoptive children could be forcibly removed from their Christian parents.

Liao Qiang, a member of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, told International Christian Concern (ICC) that her church had previously been closed by the authorities and that pastor Wang Yi was arrested in 2018. Even so, the government continues to harass and persecute Church members.

Qiang himself had to flee China and now lives in Taiwan with an extended family after the Chinese Communist Party carried out "unlimited persecution."

He said, "They not only threatened us, normal adults, normal members of the Church, but also our children. Some of our members adopted children, and CPC forcibly returned the adoptive children to the original family. That is the main reason why we are from China have fled because we cannot guarantee that our adoptive child will not be taken away from them. "

The ICC previously reported that the Chinese authorities had forcibly removed children from the family of Pei Wenju and Jing Jianan Church members. Chinese Communist Party officials said they would be removed because the children were "trapped by an evil religion."

Qiang also described how the Chinese authorities instructed some parents not to send their children to Christian church schools. Others had been told to risk taking their children to re-education camps.

He said, "The biggest help is to report the persecution. Report it fairly. We are not saying that the US government should put pressure on the Chinese government. We do not hope so.

"What the CPC fears most is the revelation. They are afraid of transparency. We do not want the government or the public to pressurize the CPC, because in such circumstances, the CPC will definitely increase religious persecution. Relations between China and the USA are getting worse. " The more CPC Christians persecuted. "

According to Qiang, the brutal Chinese regime hopes to use the persecution as a tool to negotiate with the West when it comes to trade negotiations. He said that the CCP "makes you think you are willing to compromise because you know that Americans care about religious freedom. If China makes a concession to religious freedom, the US should compromise on trade." "

The ICTG's regional manager for Southeast Asia, Gina Goh, wrote in a report: "Given the stricter approach against state-sanctioned and underground churches, there is no longer a safe place in China to be a Christian." She said that "almost every province in China has experienced increasing Christian persecution," but particularly the Henan and Anhui provinces "have had a high percentage of Christians" and experienced brutal "cross-destruction campaigns".

Goh said: "Thousands of crosses have been removed since 2018, with some churches being grounded. Worsening China-US relations could further promote action against churches in 2020."

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