The head of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has applauded the Trump administration’s new restrictions on individuals and entities responsible for or implicated in religious repression in western China.
The Department of State announced visa restrictions Tuesday (Oct. 8) on Chinese government and Communist Party officials considered to be responsible for or complicit in the persecution of Uighur Muslims and members of other minority Muslim groups in Xinjiang, also known as the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. The action came a day after the Department of Commerce disclosed it would constrict exports to 28 Chinese government and business organizations implicated in the repressive campaign in Xinjiang.
Russell Moore, the ERLC’s president, called the news “welcome and sorely needed.”
“China’s reign of terror on religious minorities must be met with a vigorous response from the United States,” Moore said in an ERLC news release, adding the restrictions on those “responsible for the persecution of religious minorities are just and wise.”
He prays the United States “will continue to act until the day that the Chinese Communist Party no longer terrorizes religious people for believing and living out their deepest held convictions,” Moore said.
The administration’s announcements followed by about two weeks a Sept. 22 column by Moore in The Wall Street Journal in which he called for the United States to challenge China morally, not just economically and militarily.
In the column, he said Americans “cannot ignore the Chinese Communist Party’s shredding of human rights and religious freedom” while a debate continues regarding the proper response to the economic and military dangers presented by China.
President Trump has utilized tariffs against China in his administration’s trade relationship with the world’s most populous country.
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Source: Baptist Press