(CNSNews.com) -- Former Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) condemned Western companies and law firms that help Communist China economically and politically, stressing that religious persecution in China is now the worst it has been in 30 years.
Wolf made his remarks during the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on July 16.
“The number of companies that are willing to do business and aid the Chinese government,” said Wolf. “I mean, in 1980 no law firm in this city would have represented the Soviet Union. Today, the number of law firms representing China [is large], and yet look what’s taking place in the Uighurs, what’s taking place in Tibet.”
When asked about the persecution in China Wolf said, “Well, I think it’s been the worst it’s been in 30 years. The Uighurs, you currently have the National Endowment for Democracy, Carl Gershman, said up to 3 million, is it 1 million, 2 million, 3 million? But it's basically what I would call internment camps, concentration camps, almost reminiscent of Mao, or reminiscent of Stalin and even in some respects reminiscent of the Nazis.”
“In the late ‘90s I slipped into Tibet with a trekking group and what we saw: the cultural genocide against the Tibetan people, cameras all over the place, Buddhist monks and nuns taken to the Drapchi prison and basically tortured, 140 or more set themselves aflame to protest,” said the retired congressman.
Over 6,000 Tibetan monasteries have been destroyed by China in recent years, in addition to Tibetans being forcibly removed from their homes, dissenters tortured, passports revoked, and borders closed.
By some estimations more than 2 million Uighurs (Muslims) are in concentration camps in Xinjiang, China, where it is reported they have been separated from loved ones, placed in austere fortified camp environments, and forced to adapt their religious beliefs along Communist lines.