CHINA: Special weekly FoRB newsletter (09-15.01.2021)

News from Bitter Winter

14.01.21 – Chinese spies tried to create false “Uyghur terrorists” in Afghanistan

Ten Chinese agents were arrested and quietly expelled after trying to establish a false branch of the defunct East Turkestan Islamic Movement.

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13.01.21 – Akida’s story: The desperate cry of a Uyghur woman

 “Dear world, please help!” The heartrending plea of a daughter who has been searching in vain for her mother, folklorist Rahile Dawut, for the past three years.

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12.01.21 – British MPs, jewish leaders ask Twitter to block Chinese embassies’ accounts

They argue that CCP “wolf warrior” diplomats are “not less violent and active in spreading fake news than Trump.”

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 11.01.21 – China Tries to Disrupt Tibetan Parliamentary Elections

Tibetans abroad vote to elect the members of the Central Tibetan Administration. The CCP mobilizes its spies, and asks friendly governments to harass voters.

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14.01.21 – Once imprisoned for fifteen years, Heilongjiang man arrested again

Having spent 15 years in detention during the past 21 years, a Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province resident was arrested again in a police sweep for his faith in Falun Gong in mid-December 2020.

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14.01.21 – Uyghurs in Turkey face an uncertain future as Ankara considers the fate of its extradition agreement with Beijing.

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress ratified the extradition agreement signed in 2017 with Turkey on December 26, 2020.

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14.01.21 – 71-year-old woman sentenced to one year for putting up Falun Gong materials

A Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province resident was quickly sentenced to one year after she was arrested in July 2020 after being reported for putting up information about Falun Gong.

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14.01.21 – Christian Bian Bingling & two sons pursued for their belief, husband sentenced 4 years in prison

Bian Bingling, female, born in 1967, from Weishan county under the jurisdiction of Jining city in the eastern province of Shandong, is a Christian of The Church of Almighty God (CAG). In 2012, she was listed by the police as wanted, and had no choice but to go on the run. The police repeatedly visited her home to arrest her but failed every time.

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13.01.21 – US Coordinator For Tibetan Issues Speaks With Dalai Lama in a Virtual Meeting

The U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues spoke on Wednesday with the Dalai Lama in a virtual meeting, telling him that Washington will continue to urge Chinese authorities to meet with the exiled spiritual leader or his envoys to find ways to protect the region’s culture and religion.

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12.01.21 – Addendum for: CCP authorities sentence house church Pastor Li Juncai to five years in prison plus heavily fine him for refusing demolition of church cross

On January 11, ChinaAid secured a copy of the last page of verdicts for Pastor Li Juncai and three other Christians, Wu Raoyun, Ban Yun, and Ma Yanfang, arrested the same day [February 20, 2019].  ChinaAid has not yet confirmed details regarding the detainments of Xiao Guangang, and Meng Guozhen.

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11.01.21 – CCP authorities sentence house church Pastor Li Juncai to five years in prison plus heavily fine him for refusing demolition of church cross

Recently, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities sentenced Yuanyang County Central House Church Pastor Li Juncai to five years in prison plus ordered him to pay a fine of 210,000 Chinese Yuan (32,423.42 USD). For objecting to the CCP’s forcible cross removal and refusing to change a church proclamation “Love God and people” to “Love the country…,” authorities accused Pastor Li of 1) embezzlement, 2) obstructing government administration and 3) destruction of accounting records.

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09.01.21 – Beijing authorities use the pandemic to shut down all 155 religious venues, promise to stop illegal gatherings

The decision was taken despite the fact that religious activities have had “zero infections”. Strict measures and continuous controls have led many priests to close their churches at Christmas. On social media, Catholics are accused of spreading the virus, a charged rejected by the Patriotic Catholic Association. The authorities put a stop to “illegal activities” by underground communities.

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08.01.21 – Dozens of Chinese officials raid house church, detain pastor and 5 members

Local authorities in China’s Taiyuan city raided the house church of An Yankui, the preacher of Xuncheng Church during a Bible study. International Christian Concern (ICC) reported.

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