Trump Says Chinese Communist Authoritarian is ‘Great Leader’ and ‘Good Man’

By Staff | August 15, 2019 | 10:30am EDT
President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Beijing, Nov. 9, 2017. (Getty Images/Thomas Peter-Pool)

( - President Donald Trump said in a Tweet he sent out on Wednesday night that Xi Jinping, the Communist leader of the People’s Republic of China, is “a great leader” and “a good man.”

“I know President Xi of China very well,” Trump said in his Tweet. “He is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people. He is also a good man in a ‘tough business.’ I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?”

The State Department reports on human rights and religious freedom in China describe Xi as an authoritarian leader who runs a Communist regime that habitually violates the rights of the Chinese people—including holding people in internment camps and forcing people to renounce their religious faith.

“The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is an authoritarian state in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the paramount authority,” says the State Department report on human rights in China. “CCP members hold almost all top government and security apparatus positions. Ultimate authority rests with the CCP Central Committee’s 25-member Political Bureau (Politburo) and its seven-member Standing Committee. Xi Jinping continued to hold the three most powerful positions as CCP general secretary, state president, and chairman of the Central Military Commission.”

“Under the law and in practice, there are financial and administrative penalties for births that exceed birth limits or otherwise violate regulations,” said the report. “The law, as implemented, requires each woman with an unauthorized pregnancy to abort or pay the social compensation fee, which can reach 10 times a person’s annual disposable income.”

“There were reports of coerced abortions and sterilizations, although government statistics on the percentage of abortions that were coerced during the year was not available,” the report said.

“During the year the government significantly intensified its campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang),” said the report. “Authorities were reported to have arbitrarily detained 800,00 to possibly more than two million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in internment camps designed to erase religious and ethnic identities.”

Xi’s Communist government also controlled the media in China.
“The CCP and government continued to maintain ultimate authority over all published, online and broadcast material,” said the report. “Officially, only state-run media outlets have government approval to cover CCP leaders or other topics deemed ‘sensitive.’ While it did not dictate all content to be published or broadcast, the CCP and the government had unchecked authority to mandate if, when, and how particularly issues were reported or to order they not be reported at all.

“During the year,” said the report, “state media reported senior authorities issued internal CCIP rules detailing punishments for those who failed to hew to ideological regulations, ordering a further crackdown on illegal internet accounts and platforms, and instructing the media to engage in ‘journalism based on Marxism.”

Xi’s government also maintained surveillance on theoretically “private” communications.

“Authorities monitored telephone calls, text messages, faxes, email, instant messaging, and other digital communications intended to remain private,” said the report.

Xi’s government also maintains surveillance cameras inside churches and monasteries.

“Authorities maintained extensive and invasive security and surveillance, in part to gain information regarding individuals’ religious adherence and practices,” said the State Department report on religious freedom in China.

“Authorities continued to arrest Christians and enforce more limitations on their activities, including requiring Christian churches to install surveillance cameras to enable daily police monitoring, and compelling members of house churches and other Christians to sign documents renouncing their Christian faith and church membership,” said the report.

“Authorities continued to exercise strict controls over religious practice and maintained intrusive surveillance of many monasteries and nunneries, including through permanent installation of CCP and public security officials and overt camera surveillance systems at religious sites and monasteries,” said the report.

The report cited a statement by Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

“On September 21,” it said, “the Secretary of State said, ‘Hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of Uighurs are held against their will in so-called reeducation camps where they’re forced to endure severe political indoctrination and other awful abuses. Their religious beliefs are decimated. And we’re concerned too about the intense new government crackdown on Christians in China, which includes heinous acts like closing churches, burning Bibles, and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith.”


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