Posts Tagged ‘President Xi Jinping’

China leaves Pope without power to choose bishops

Monday, March 1st, 2021

A September 2018 agreement between China and the Vatican on selecting Roman Catholic bishops in China may not be as historic as it was described when announced. The way the government of President Xi Jinping views it, nothing really changed. The accord was supposed to end decades of disagreement between the church and Beijing by Read more

It’s time for western universities to cut their ties to China

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

It’s time for Western universities to close their Confucius Institutes and end their academic cooperation with China. In the three decades following the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, one of the ways China sought to rebuild its image abroad was by systematically forging partnerships with Western universities. At first, these partnerships mainly focused on research collaboration. Read more

The end of Hong Kong is being prepared

Thursday, June 4th, 2020
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History is repeating itself in Hong Kong. In 2003, after the SARS epidemic, attempts were made to introduce a national security law. Similarly, it is happening now as the coronavirus recedes. But this time we fear there will be no happy ending. It is difficult to find words that we have not already written to Read more

Chinese underground bishop on the run from authorities

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Chinese underground bishop Msgr. Vincenzo Guo Xijin (Guo), is being hounded by public security agents to force him to sign up to an “independent Church” in exchange for government recognition. The Chinese Communist Party also wants Guo to attend a meeting of the “independent” clergy of the Fujian, where he is the bishop, after he Read more

China: Xi Jinping ramps up religious persecution

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Over the past decade, rash optimism that China was finally moving past the era of former Communist dictator Mao Tse-tung’s influence has given way to president Xi Jinping’s reconsolidating his power. One of the major ways he’s done that: persecuting religious believers. Demanding psychological submission to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), teachers in China are Read more

Vatican says China should not fear Church

Monday, March 18th, 2019

A Vatican official says China’s government should not fear “distrust or hostility” from the Roman Catholic Church, amid speculation over whether President Xi Jinping will meet Pope Francis this week. Read more Related Posts:Pope discusses climate change and China with BlinkenPope could be hospitalised for a weekVatican archbishop: Traditional Latin Mass ‘experiment’ not…Cardinal Zen’s arrest Read more

China’s five year plan to develop Catholic Church

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

The Patriotic Association of Chinese Catholics and the Council of Chinese Bishops has approved the “Five-Year Plan of Development for the Sinicisation of the Catholic Church in China.” The plan aims to develop the Catholic Church altering religious principles and practices to match Chinese communist ideals and eliminate “foreign influence” ensuring governmental control of all Read more

Chinese paid to swap crucifixes for President’s portrait

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s portrait is replacing crucifixes and other religious images in parts of China. A priest says removing the Christian images involved officials giving money to poor households in return for hanging Xi’s portrait. Officials from China’s Yugan County in eastern Jiangxi province say Christians have “recognised their mistakes and decided not to Read more

China’s president trying to control religion

Monday, October 30th, 2017

China’s President Xi Jinping says he wants to make the country’s many religions more Chinese-oriented by instilling socialist core values. Speaking at the country’s five-yearly Communist Party conference, Xi said religion poses threats to national security. He told the conference that separatism promoted under the guise of religion would not be tolerated. Although China officially Read more

Pope flies over China and sends message to President Xi

Friday, August 15th, 2014

As he flew over China’s airspace on his way to Korea, Pope Francis sent a telegram to President Xi Jinping. Soon after crossing into Chinese airspace on August 14, the Pope dispatched the message which read: “I extend the best wishes to your excellency and your fellow citizens, and I invoke the divine blessings of Read more