China’s communist government is cracking down on Christianity and other “western religions” throughout the country, removing iconic symbols and replacing them with paintings of President Xi Jinping.
According to the Sun, the regime’s new restrictions on Christianity include banning children from attending various churches, reducing the number of bibles within the country, and including communist ideology in sermons and teachings.
“China has taken extreme measures to wipe out all traces of Christianity in the country, by tearing down posters of Jesus and replacing them with images of President Xi Jinping,” writes the Sun. “The country’s ruling Communist party has chosen to eradicate the faith amongst its 1.38 billion residents, going as far as banning children from visiting churches.”
Last April, the nation’s Religious Affairs Department issued new guidelines for all religious services within the country, saying only communist-inspired churches “can obtain God’s love.”
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BACK IN BEIJING: Kim Jong Un in CHINA to Brief Officials on Singapore Summit
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was back in Beijing this week, speaking with Chinese officials over his historic summit with President Trump and the possible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Kim traveled to Beijing Tuesday to meet with President Xi Jinping in their first face-to-face meeting since the Singapore Summit; making the trip his third visit to China this year.
“Trump agreed to work with Kim toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, committed to provide the North with security guarantees and pledged to end ‘war games’ with South Korea, which North Korea and China have long seen as provocative,” writes the New York Post.
“We hope this visit can help to further deepen China-North Korea relations, strengthen strategic communication between both countries on important issues and promote regional peace and stability,” said a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry.
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BEIJING BETRAYAL? Trump Accuses China of MEDDLING in North Korea Talks
President Trump hinted Monday that the Chinese government may be meddling in bilateral negotiations between the United States and North Korea; saying Beijing may be “exerting negative pressure” as Pyongyang aims to denuclearize.
The Commander-in-Chief called out President Xi Jinping on social media earlier Monday, saying he was “confident” that Kim Jong Un was prepared to honor his agreement but said Beijing may be meddling over the United States’ trade posture towards China.
“I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!” the President tweeted.
I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2018
The President’s comments come just days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang, meeting with high-ranking North Korean leaders to advance their commitment to abandon Kim’s nuclear weapons program.