The trade war with China is not just about trade — it’s about human rights and values

The trade war with China is not just about trade it’s about human rights and values

By Dawn Hoagland

China has fooled American presidents for four decades. President Trump is the first one to defend America. The Chinese Communist Party leaders have a long history of making promises during trade negotiations which they have no intention to keep. They have lied, cheated and stolen billions of dollars of intellectual property. They have not complied with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules since they joined in 2001.

The Chinese Communist Party has been in a vulnerable position three times: 1972, 1989 and 1999, when American presidents have saved the communist system from collapse. In 1972, Nixon brought China onto the world stage. This gave communism and Mao international legitimacy even though Mao’s Great Leap Forward and his Cultural Revolution resulted in the deaths of millions of Chinese people. Nixon’s hopes for social reforms never materialized.

George H. Bush publicly denounced China but gave secret support

In 1989, after the Tiananmen Square massacre, George H. Bush lifted sanctions on China and sent a secret envoy to Beijing to ensure Chinese trade, making it possible for the Chinese Communist Party to get through the crisis of international isolation and condemnation. China’s human rights abuses have been routinely ignored since then.

President Clinton was caught in a 1996 re-election scandal in which foreign Chinese donations to the DNC of 2.8 million dollars had to be returned because investigations revealed that China was trying to influence an American election. In 1999, Clinton awarded China “permanent most favored nation trade status, “and supported China’s acceptance into the WTO. Entrance to the WTO kick-started China’s ascension.

The internet opened our eyes to human rights abuses

The internet allows independent journalists to offer an alternative to the mainstream media. Previously ignored subjects and people can now be written about or filmed so that information can be disseminated widely. It has opened our eyes to undeniable abuses around the world.

More video content is uploaded to YouTube (since it gained popularity in 2008) in a 60-day period than the three major U.S. television networks have created in 60 years. Interviews of real people from amazing walks of life are now routinely available.

YouTube provides a platform for people to tell their stories

Thae Yong-ho, former North Korean Ambassador to the UK, who defected in 2017, can be seen giving an interview in which he describes the abysmal life from which he escaped. He described Kim Jong-un as someone who only retains power through a reign of terror. Kim even ordered his own uncle to be assassinated in public.

Thae told us how China sends defectors back to NK where they will be beaten and imprisoned instead of helping them get to South Korea, where they would be welcomed as citizens. Thae Yong-ho’s opinion is that without China, North Korea would collapse in one day. Thae has to retain a bodyguard because he has been so vocal about his experiences inside North Korea. He is brave to bring us his story.

Prisoners provide China with a supply of organs for transplants

Asylum seekers tell their stories about relatives who have disappeared in Chinese prison camps. A Chinese intern describes his shock when forced to participate in organ harvesting for a heart transplant operation in a military hospital in China. Xi Jinping visits elderly people living in a remote village in China making sure they have food and medicine. It is our job to evaluate which videos and articles contain the truth and which are just propaganda.

The 2016 report “Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update” was published by David Kilgour, David Matas and Ethan Gutmann.  They investigated claims that young political prisoners in China are being killed for their organs. Their findings show the high number of organ transplants conducted in China could have caused as many as 1.5 million deaths from illicit organ harvesting. The report contains footnotes detailing other reports and interviews of witnesses which further corroborate their claims.

Trump met with people persecuted for their religious beliefs

On July 17, 2019, President Trump met with 27 people from around the world who have been persecuted for their religious beliefs. This group included four people from China: a Christian, a Tibetan, an Uyghur, and a practitioner of Falun Gong. All told him of the persecution, imprisonment or death of their family members. Trump assured them that he would investigate their stories.

What really makes the Chinese government nervous is Christianity’s claim to universal rights and values. Bibles are not sold in China and are no longer available for purchase online, a loophole which recently disappeared. Bibles are being burned again. A government plan exists for “retranslating and annotating” the Bible, to find commonalities with socialism and establish a “correct understanding” of the text.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  2 Corinthians 3:17

I wonder what the new socialist translation of that verse will look like. Privacy and private ownership are the keys to freedom. State ownership of everything, perpetual surveillance of everyone, and censorship of information are the tools of enslavement. Google and other American companies have given technological assistance to China’s tyrannical government. Peter Thiel has gone so far as to label Google as “treasonous.”

Under Xi Jinping, China has become more aggressive and brutal about disallowing Christians to practice their faith. God created us in His image with the ability to love each other and glorify Him. Any system that doesn’t allow us to do that is of the devil.

Communism is not just a failed system. It is evil.

Communists do not allow Christians to worship God. Communism is not just a failed system. It is evil. Physical brutality is not an acceptable form of governing. Let the people speak. Let the people worship the Lord Jesus Christ, Creator of the universe, and the ultimate Judge who will bring justice at the end of days. The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church. Beatings and imprisonment will only strengthen the faithful.

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom to cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16 

People in China suffering under surveillance and repression perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party need international help to put pressure on Xi Jinping. Trump and Pompeo have done more than any previous U.S. administration for people whose relatives have been killed because of religious persecution.

However, organ harvesting is still going on in China on a massive scale and it is funding the Chinese Communist Party. It is definitely time to remind ourselves that we promised “Never again” to allow a madman to persecute people on ethnic or religious grounds. Why are we standing by while Xi Jinping orders the killing of Christians, the Muslim Uyghurs, the Falun Gong, and the Tibetan Buddhists for their organs?

We have statistics from each Chinese hospital. We have interviews from doctors and witnesses who have actually participated in organ harvesting for transplant operations. We have testimony from ex-prisoners and people whose relatives have been imprisoned and disappeared. Chinese doctors routinely test blood and give MRIs to prisoners to match blood types and locate healthy organs for transplants. We have enough proof.

Xi Jinping lies, cheats and steals, making a trade agreement worthless

Xi Jinping needs to hear the voice of international condemnation for his deafness to the demands of protesters in Hong Kong, his military threat to invade Taiwan, his brutal treatment of Uyghurs, Tibetan monks, Falun Gong and Christians. The world must loudly protest Xi Jinping’s ignorance of the value of human life as he orders the killing of healthy young prisoners in order to harvest their organs to fund his reign of terror.

President Trump has been willing to confront China about its theft of intellectual property and unfair trade practices. He has banned U.S. cooperation with Huwai. Next, he must publicly confront China for stealing the lives of thousands of young people who just want to worship God.

If only the internet in China was not censored…then 1.4 billion Chinese people could find out what their Communist leader is actually doing. How long would it take for Xi Jinping to lose all legitimacy?

Dawn Hoagland is a writer and a teacher who lives in upstate New York. 

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