China demolished a church. Not just any church; this was an impressive megachurch that was built for massive worship services. There was no warning. Demolition crews and police showed up during a worship service, started tearing the building down with a large track crane, and evicted the worshippers. The next day they arrested the pastors:
“…officials detained the church’s pastors, Geng Yimin and Sun Yongyao, on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.””
This church was part of the officially-recognized network of Christian churches in China.
China has been cracking down hard on all religions. At least they have not been harvesting organs from Christians, at least, so far we have not learned of such. There are credible reports that they do murder Uighur and Falun Gong prisoners on occasion to fill black market orders for organs for transplant.
Christians have been the most recent to come under pressure from the totalitarian regime. Catholics expressed their great distress last year when Pope Francis agreed to bishops approved by the Chi-coms. Underground churches have been rounded up and disappeared.
Last month, churches were forced to replace the Ten Commandments with patriotic sayings of Xi Jinping.
The destruction of this church seems to mark an escalation.
I hope President Trump does not flinch in his trade war with China. Their economy will suffer much more than ours. However, their government is not sensitive to the will of the Chinese people. The Chinese Central Committee probably does not care that their people are experiencing a major reversal in standard of living.
Their propaganda is very effective; mainland Chinese think that the protests in Hong Kong are an American plot.
I don’t know the way forward, but I fully support President Trump. China has been stealing and extorting technology from American businesses, and stealing copyright and trademark materials for decades. It is long past time to upset their apple cart.
I personally think that the crackdown on religion is a sign that Xi is nervous.