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North Korean Defector Recounts 10 Years of Abuse, Starvation, and Enslavement She Endured as an Orphan

Park Ji-Hye speaks during a North Korea Freedom Week event held at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2019. | The Christian Post
A North Korean defector recounted Thursday the “hell” she experienced during a decade full of abuse, starvation and enslavement as an orphan in the rogue nation, a fate that too many kids are still experiencing today under the Kim regime.
As part of a week-long advocacy effort in support of human rights reform in North Korea, Park Ji-Hye told attendees of an event held at the Family Research Council headquarters that she spent time in two different orphanages after her father died of starvation during the famine in the 1990s.
With her mom having been trafficked to China, Park said she knows too well the desperate situation ...

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World Vision Told to Leave Pakistan After 13 Years

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Pakistan has told 18 international organizations, including the Christian charity World Vision, to pack up and leave. Their departure will affect millions in poor communities across the country, the sixth most populous in the world.
Church leaders—who represent a small Christian minority in the Islamic Republic (1.5% of 210 million people)—support regulations for non-governmental organizations but want groups backed by national churches to be allowed to continue operating legally.
World Vision served more than a decade in Pakistan before the country formally joined its Asian neighbors like India, Russia, and China in restricting international involvement, claiming security concerns...

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China’s Communist Government Institutes Point Evaluation System for Arresting Christians, Orders Police to Meet Certain Quota or Be Fired

Police officers monitor a church service in China in this footage posted on March 22, 2018. | (Screenshot: YouTube/ITV News)
China’s Communist government has been threatening to fire police officers who fail to meet a quota for arresting Christians, according to one officer.

The officer from the city of Dalian, who wasn’t named, said the police station where he works received a quarterly performance assessment plan in September that lists the number of believers officers need to detain, according to his interview that was detailed in the religious liberty magazine Bitter Winter.
“The assessment is based on a 100-point evaluation system with specific scores assigned for each arrested believer depending on his or her faith...

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Four Chinese Christian Churches Ordered to Join Government Network or Be Shut Down

Four Christian churches in China’s Sichuan province have been given an ultimatum and told they must join the official Communist government network or be shut down.
ChinaAid, which monitors the persecution of believers, reported on what it called a “massive crackdown” on unregistered churches in the southwestern province, explaining that the final warnings have recently been sent to the pastors, asking them to make a decision.
“A few churches’ pastors, who I have connections with, already received the government’s final warning, requiring that they should make a decision within two weeks: either join Three-Self Churches or be disbanded,” said one local area Christian, who wasn’t named.
The four churches in particular that need to decide whether to join the state-run Three-Se...

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Eric Metaxas and Anne Morse on China’s One Child Policy & Their Suffering Widows

We say it all the time. Ideas have consequences, bad ideas have victims. Just look at the widows of China.
Seven years ago, Mrs. Wu’s husband threw himself into a dam. He’d recently been diagnosed with liver cancer and could not afford to have it treated.
He left behind a wife and two small children—and their story is an example of the terrible, continuing fallout of China’s One Child Policy, begun 38 years ago.
Mrs. Wu began a pattern of overworking on the family farm. She knew she would likely never remarry: China’s One Child Policy meant that she would not be allowed to have children with a second husband, so who would want her?
In time, Mrs. Wu’s overwork led to health problems. Four years ago, she suffered a stroke, and is now confined to a wheelchair...

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Catholic Priest Warns That China’s ‘Ultimate Goal Is to Eliminate All Religion’

A Roman Catholic priest has warned that China’s ultimate goal is “eliminate all religion,” urging the Vatican to reconsider a major deal with the Communist government.
Father Paul of Hebei province, as the priest was identified by International Christian Concern, was responding to discussions about how Chinese Catholics should feel about the deal, when he said that the current Chinese regime’s “ultimate goal is to eliminate all religion.”
As evidence, Paul pointed to the revised Regulations on Religious Affairs that were implemented in February, and have seen church closures, congregants being detained, Bibles burned, and students being forced to sign documents renouncing their faith.
Other religious minorities, including Muslims, have also faced widespread crackdowns, including detention...

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Missing Interpol President Meng Hongwei Resigns After Being Quietly Detained by Chinese Authorities on Allegations of Bribery

Interpol says President Meng Hongwei resigned on Sunday. Chinese authorities say they’re investigating him as part of an anti-corruption campaign.Mikhail Metzel/Mikhail Metzel/TASS
Interpol President Meng Hongwei has resigned, after being detained by Chinese authorities who accuse him of corruption. The shocking turnabout comes days after Meng’s wife said the career police officer had disappeared; one week ago, he left France to visit his native China.

Interpol said Meng resigned his post on Sunday, “with immediate effect.” On the same day, his wife, Grace, told journalists in Lyon — where Interpol is based — that she had received a troubling text message from her husband’s phone: a knife emoji...

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Plans to Meet Privately With Top GOP Lawmakers to Discuss Company’s Alleged Political Bias

Google CEO Sundar Pichai plans to meet privately with top Republican lawmakers on Friday to discuss a variety of topics, including the company’s alleged political bias in search results.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), who is organizing Friday’s meeting, told the Wall Street Journal that Pichai has “kindly” agreed to address Republican congress members’ questions on Friday.
“Google has a lot of questions to answer about reports of bias in its search results, violations of user privacy, anticompetitive behavior and business dealings with repressive regimes like China,” McCarthy told the Journal, which reported the meeting Monday.
Friday’s private meeting, and a public hearing later this year before the House Judiciary Committee, comes amid growing bipartisan concern of la...

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EU, China and Russia Defy Trump, Plan to Continue ‘Legitimate’ Business With Iran

The European Union, China and Russia backed a mechanism to allow “legitimate” business to continue with Iran, a plan aimed at sidestepping American sanctions and allowing international trade to continue unimpeded as President Donald Trump pursues his “America First” agenda.

The push for such a channel, announced by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini in New York late on Monday, reflects growing calls in countries such as France and Germany for the EU to adopt tools that will allow it to pursue its foreign-policy goals with less recourse to an unpredictable U.S. ally. A chief catalyst was Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal even as world powers urged the U.S. to stick to its mandate.
“In practical terms this will mean that EU member states will set up a leg...

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Chinese Official Says Beijing Should Target Goods Needed by US

One of China’s most prominent figures in global finance says Beijing should press Washington to end their tariff battle by clamping down on exports of goods needed by American companies, according to news reports Monday.
The comments by Lou Jiwei, a former finance minister and chairman of China’s sovereign wealth fund, follow reports regulators are squeezing American companies by slowing down customs approvals and stepping up environmental and other inspections.
Also Monday, an official newspaper called for more aggressive measures to “make American pain worse” following tariff hikes by both sides on $50 billion of each other’s goods.
Beijing is considering Washington’s invitation last week to revive talks on their fight over Chinese technology policy and plans for state-led deve...

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