Yu Si-kun, speaker of Taiwan’s parliament, spoke at the International Religious Freedom Summit on Wednesday and voiced why it is important that free nations defend Taiwan.
He said, “If Taiwan falls under the sphere of influence of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), the beacon of democracy will be destroyed. And China may be the first to invade the island chain and pose a threat to the whole world.”
Freedom House’s 2022 Freedom in the World report gave Taiwan a perfect score of 4 regarding religious freedom.
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“Taiwan has shown that Western-born democracy can indeed flourish in Chinese-speaking regions,” the speaker said.
Intrusions by the Chinese Army have become routine. Beijing has continued to fly military aircraft near Taiwan in an effort to reinforce its stance that the island is part of China.
In a memo last month, US Air Force General Mike Minihan instructed officials to prepare for a US-China conflict over Taiwan in 2025.
An annual report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom states, “The Communist Chinese government has used facial recognition and artificial intelligence to monitor and harass Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong and other religions on a high level.” Tech created the surveillance state.”
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It is also said that an estimated 900,000–1.8 million Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Muslims are detained in over 1,300 concentration camps in Xinjiang.
Representative Mike McCaul, R-Texas, spoke at the summit on Tuesday and said the Chinese Communist Party is waging an all-out assault on religion.
He said, “They are committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims. The stories of forced vasectomy, forced abortion, brainwashing and even murder are appalling.”
Former Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., said any firm representing China should be “absolutely banned.”
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“How can one advocate? [Washington] That’s what we’re seeing today, a law firm, representing China when they’re committing genocide, genocide against Uyghur women. … How do you get up on the hill and say, ‘I’m representing Chinese interests,'” he said.
In response to ongoing criticism against his country, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2021 that “the basic facts are [that] show that there has never been any so-called genocide, forced labor or religious persecution in Xinjiang.”
“Such inflammatory allegations are fabricated out of ignorance and prejudice. They are merely malicious and politically motivated propaganda and cannot be done.” [farther] Seriously,” he said at the time.
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Reuters contributed to this report.
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