Several US legal experts have warned of the “disastrous consequences” that could follow the re-election of Xi Jinping as leader of the People’s Republic of China.
Last week, Xi Jinping was re-elected for a third term as President of China and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, less than five years after the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party lifted the two-term limit for presidents that had been in place for more than three decades, Christian Megaportal inVictory reports with reference to The Christian Post.
Xi’s re-election comes as China faces international scrutiny over its treatment of religious minorities and political dissidents, as well as China’s role in causing the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed millions of lives around the world.
While China operated for decades as a one-party state fully controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, in the second half of the 20th century the country expressed a willingness to implement market reforms, which prompted it to join the World Trade Organization.
The Chinese Communist Party’s support for Xi’s continued rule has raised concerns among U.S. religious freedom advocates, who believe it is a step back to the dark days of the Cultural Revolution led by Mao Zedong and an alarm about the rising persecution of religious and ethnic minorities.
The East Turkestan National Awakening Human Rights Movement and the East Turkestan Government-in-Exile staged numerous protests in front of the US State Department headquarters in Washington, DC, calling on the US government to take stronger measures to protect the Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group. This ethnic group constitutes a significant part of the population of East Turkestan.
East Turkistan is a territory recognized by the international community and the Chinese government in Xinjiang Province, with Xinjiang being an occupied territory.
The Uyghurs ended up in concentration camps, which, according to critics, aim to take away the ethnic minorities’ “culture, language and religion and indoctrinate them into mainstream Chinese culture.” Salid Khudayar, founder and president of the East Turkestan National Awakening Movement, detailed his concerns about Xi’s re-election.
“For the Uighurs and the people of East Turkestan, this means more genocide and suffering,” he said. Khudayar said in a recent interview that Xi is committed to “China’s national rejuvenation,” which he said “is disastrous for non-Chinese like Uyghurs, Tibetans, Mongols and others.”
Khudayar said that while the Chinese government has always persecuted the Uighurs since occupying East Turkestan in late October 1949, their treatment has worsened significantly under Xi.
“Before that, it was about how to assimilate us so that we become Chinese. But after 2014, we will either become Chinese or be sent to camps. We are brainwashed, tortured, sterilized, raped and either become Chinese or die,” he said.
Gordon Chang, a senior researcher at the Gatestone Institute, a “nonpartisan, nonprofit international policy council and think tank” dedicated to informing the public about military and diplomatic threats, published a similar analysis of Xi’s re-election in The Christian Post.
“Xi Jinping is a genocidal monster. He is the most ambitious aggressor in history. The Communist Party just gave him almost unlimited power. He won’t stop until he’s stopped. Yes, we should worry. Xi Jinping believes that the Communist Party should have absolute control over society and must have absolute control over the Party. He will not stop until he achieves both goals,” he warned.
Chiang said Xi Jinping is not only embarking on the fastest military build-up since World War II, but is also mobilizing Chinese civilians to fight.
“We don’t know what he is actually going to do, but he is leading China into conflict. And into a very bleak future,” added Chiang.
Bob Fu, president and founder of China Aid, an international Christian human rights organization, said Xi’s unprecedented third term will make his nickname “Chairman Mao Junior” a reality.
“After decades of authoritarianism, China is officially entering the dictatorial era of Maoism 2.0,” he added. – “Xi’s ruthless governing style, the ‘Great Struggle’ with its ambitious global dominance, replaces the CCP’s post-Maoist economic reform and opening-up program of the 1980s. The international community must prepare for the continued escalation of human rights abuses and religious persecution in Xi’s new Cultural Revolution.”
Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reacted to Xi’s re-election on Twitter, calling China a real threat that the military should focus on.
Concerns about China’s treatment of religious minorities also concern Christians, whose places of worship have been raided or destroyed when they have refused to comply with the demands of the Chinese government.
The Vatican announced over the weekend that it had extended an agreement that gives the Chinese government a say in appointing bishops to Roman Catholic dioceses in China. The deal comes months after Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen was arrested for taking part in a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong.
This agreement between the Roman Catholic Church and the Chinese Communist Party drew criticism from Sam Brownback, the former US ambassador for international religious freedom. Noting that the Vatican and Beijing reached an agreement on the appointment of bishops, in which critics must accept China’s growing control over religion, Brownback described the development as “a big disappointment.”
“The Chinese Communist Party is at war with all religions, trying to eradicate all religions. This renewed agreement comes as Cardinal Zen is on trial on trumped-up charges,” Brownback tweeted.
Xi will remain in power until at least October 2027, when the next 21st National Congress of the Communist Party of China is scheduled.