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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Chinese Embassy in the United States claimed on Thursday that according to studies “the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines.” According to independent observers, however, the decline in birth rates among Uighur women is due to “draconian measures” such as abortion and sterilization.

The Chinese Embassy tweeted that Uighur women “are more confident and independent” thanks to the Chinese government, and linked to an article by a Communist newspaper in an effort to deny responsibility for dropping birth rates in the Uighur population.

The article credited the findings to “An Analysis Report on Population Change in Xinjiang” by Li Xiaoxia of the Xinjiang Development Research Center. According to the report, plunging birth rates among Uighur women are not the result of forced abortion or sterilization imposed on women by the Communist regime. Instead, the report attributed the decline in birth rates to a sense of confidence, autonomy, and the “emancipation” of Uighur women’s minds from Islamic “extremism.”

“The changes were not caused by ‘forced sterilization’ of the Uygur population, as repeatedly claimed by some Western scholars and politicians,” the report stated.

“In recent years, young people in Xinjiang have discarded backward and outdated thoughts on partner selection and procreation, and an increasing number of youths belonging to ethnic minorities chose to spend more time and energy on personal development,” MSN summarized the report.

This latest report might be an effort at doing damage control after countless reports of human rights violations committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Uighur minorities have been published. The Uighurs, a persecuted population of Turkic minorities in China, have been labeled as the enemy of the state by the CCP. Beijing has cracked down on the Uighurs and arrests have increased in East Turkistan in the last few years.

Somewhere between 1 to 3 million Uighurs have been arrested and detained in Chinese concentration camps since 2017. In those camps, Uighur adults are indoctrinated, starved, humiliated, tortured, raped, and forced to have abortions. Any trace of religion and cultural identity is squashed, and Uighurs are routinely executed. Uighur children are regularly taken to boarding schools that are referred to as “kindergartens.”

However, China Daily, the daily publication owned by the CCP’s Publicity Department continues to deny any wrongdoing and even claims there is population growth among Uighurs: “The truth is Xinjiang’s Uygur population has been increasing. The rights of all residents in the region, including those of Uygurs, have been protected during the law-based implementation of the family planning policy.”

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Over the past year, informed Catholics and Christians in the West have watched helplessly as the Communist government in China has cracked down harder and harder on our Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ.

Incidents of persecutions, occurring over the last year, include the fact that:

  • Christian churches have been destroyed by authorities. 
  • Two million Christians and Buddhist are being kept in detention.
  • Christian teachings have been reinterpreted according to socialist doctrine.
  • Churches in Hunan province were forced to remove displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes of President Xi Jinping.
  • Churches in Jiangxi province were ordered to remove biblical paintings and crosses and replace them with portraits of the president.
  • In some areas, all public displays of Christmas decorations have been banned.
  • In December, Christians belonging to “house churches” not recognized by the government were ordered to refrain from publicly celebrating Christmas.

In the latest assault on the practice of one's faith in China, and, indeed, on freedom of conscience, new draconian rules, set to go into place in February, absurdly require that religious groups “spread Communist Party principles.”

Of course, the Church has been persecuted in China for decades. But, these latest attempts to squelch the independence of the Church are coming in spite of the recent agreement the Vatican signed with China’s communist government.

Or, could it be, as some suggest, that the latest persecution against Chinese Christians is coming at least, in part, because of the recent agreement the Vatican signed with the communist government?

Perhaps, appeasement is seen by the Chinese government as a weakness to be exploited.

Some senior Catholic prelates have been increasingly vocal in speaking out both against the communist government's treatment of religion, as well as aspects of the recent Agreement.

Now, a letter from Cardinal Zen to the rest of the Cardinals in the world (please read, below), more clearly delineates his grievances with the new Sino-Vatican Agreement. It also brings new light to the questions ('Dubia') he posed to Pope Francis about the Agreement in July (but, which have, to-date, gone unanswered).

One of the most striking insights the Cardinal makes about the new Sino-Vatican Agreement can be found in the second paragraph of his letter (reproduced in its entirety, below): "From my analysis of the document of the Holy See (June 28, 2019), “Pastoral guidelines of the Holy See concerning the civil registration of clergy in China,” it is quite clear that it encourages the faithful in China to enter a schismatic church (independent of the pope and under the orders of the Communist Party)."

This is a devastating insight, and the good Cardinal, and faithful Catholics and Christians in China, now needs our support, both moral and prayerful.

This petition, therefore, both supports Cardinal Zen and his quest to stop the "murder of the Church in China," as well as Chinese Catholics and Christians as they face an intensifying crackdown.

Please SIGN this urgent petition, today! It will be CC'ed to Vatican authorities.


Your Eminence,

Pardon the inconvenience my letter will cause you. It is just that, in conscience, I believe that the problem I present here concerns not only the Church in China, but the whole Church, and we cardinals have the grave responsibility to help the Holy Father in guiding the Church.

From my analysis of the document of the Holy See (June 28, 2019), “Pastoral guidelines of the Holy See concerning the civil registration of clergy in China,” it is quite clear that it encourages the faithful in China to enter a schismatic church (independent of the pope and under the orders of the Communist Party).

On July 10, I presented my “dubia” to the Pope. His Holiness, on July 3, had promised to take an interest in them, but to this day I have still not heard anything.

Cardinal Parolin says that today when we talk about the independent Church, this independence should no longer be understood as absolute, because the agreement recognizes the role of the pope in the Catholic Church.

First of all, I cannot believe that there is such a statement in the agreement, and I do not see it there. (By the way, why must such an agreement be secret, and why is it not granted even to me, a Chinese cardinal, to see it?) But, even more clearly, the whole reality after the signing of the agreement shows that nothing has changed. Cardinal Parolin quotes a sentence from Pope Benedict’s letter completely out of context — indeed, diametrically opposed to the whole paragraph. This manipulation of the pope emeritus’s thought is gravely disrespectful; indeed, it is a deplorable insult to the person of such a meek pope, who is still alive.

But it also disgusts me that they often declare that what they are doing is in continuity with the thought of the previous pope, while the opposite is true. I have reason to believe (and I hope one day to be able to prove with archival documents) that the agreement signed is the same one that Pope Benedict had, at the time, refused to sign.

Your Eminence, can we passively witness the murder of the Church in China by those who should protect and defend her from her enemies?

Begging on my knees, your brother,

Card. Joseph ZEN, SDB


List of Cardinal Zen's Questions (Dubia) to Pope Francis (Scroll down):

'Cdl Zen urges cardinals to stop the ‘murder of the Church in China’ -

'Chinese bishop sleeping on street after refusing to join communist schismatic group' -

Vatican’s June release of new guidelines concerning the civil registration of clergy in China -

'Chinese govt demands Christians use religion to ‘spread Communist Party principles’ -

'Vatican doesn’t understand that communist China will never compromise' -

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A September article in the same publication accused German scholar Adrian Zenz of being anti-China and of lying in an earlier Xinjiang Development Research Center report for exposing forced sterilization, IUDs and other forms of coercion against Uighur women by the CCP to suppress their population.

An AP article stated earlier this summer, “The population control measures are backed by mass detention both as a threat and as a punishment for failure to comply.”

“Having too many children is a major reason people are sent to detention camps, with the parents of three or more ripped away from their families unless they can pay huge fines,” the article added. “Police raid homes, terrifying parents as they search for hidden children.”

The latest available government statistics detail a sharp population decline of more than 60 percent from 2015 to 2018 in the Uighur regions of Hotan and Kashgar.


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