China’s economic development over the last 40 years has been spectacular. However, its record on human rights remains abysmal. In years past, the rich countries of the West used to be more vocal about human rights violations in China, but in the last 10 years or so, diplomats have been very quiet about it. They seem more interested in making money by doing business with China than seeing any real progress in democracy or fundamental rights.
The Church, however, is not remaining silent. Last week, the Church issued a sizzling rebuke of the Chinese government. Even some in the secular media are recognizing it. Read the coverage in the National Post here.
It’s about time the West stops subordinating human rights violations to economic interests. We need to step up the heat on China.