China Protests US Criticism of Policies on Religion

HONG KONG (AP) — China has issued a protest over remarks the U.S. ambassador-at-large for worldwide spiritual freedom made criticizing Beijing’s insurance policies towards Muslim and Tibetan Buddhist minorities and saying the nation was “at war with faith.”

The overseas ministry’s workplace in Hong Kong stated the speech Sam Brownback gave Friday “slandered” China’s spiritual insurance policies. It stated it had registered its dissatisfaction Saturday with the U.S. Consulate within the semi-autonomous Chinese area, the place the speech was given.

China’s structure and legal guidelines shield freedom of faith and critics ought to “cease their slander of China’s policies on religion and the situation with freedom of faith and cease using religious issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs,” the workplace stated in an announcement.

U.S. officers and UN specialists say China is believed to be holding 1 million Uighurs, Muslims and members of different majority Muslim ethnic teams in political training camps in Xinjiang. The U.S. and different governments have criticized the crackdown.

The Chinese authorities says these camps are vocational coaching facilities designed to rid the area of extremism.

Brownback stated President Donald Trump’s administration is “deeply concerned and considered it a deliberate attempt by Beijing to redefine and control these Muslim minority groups, (their) identity, culture, and faith.”

He urged Beijing to grant free entry to the camps to research claims of abuse of inmates.

More usually, Brownback stated, China is “at war with faith.”

“It’s a war they will not win,” he stated. “The Chinese Communist Party must hear the cry of its people for religious freedom.”

Brownback was anticipated to fulfill native spiritual leaders and non secular research college students and instructors whereas in Hong Kong. The territory enjoys freedom of speech and faith far past that in mainland China, the place the formally atheist authorities retains tight management over any potential challenges to its authority.

Brownback, the previous governor of Kansas, was as a consequence of journey to Taiwan for a regional assembly on spiritual freedom Monday.

In his speech, the Catholic conservative known as on China to launch Wang Yi and John Cao Sanqiang, detained pastors within the “underground” church that operates independently of official authorities businesses.

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