The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has intensified its crackdown on religion in an attempt to “sinicize” the population and assert itself as a “new authoritarian model” for developing nations, a report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) showed.
USCIRF released its annual report that assesses religious freedom violations and improvements in 26 countries on Wednesday. China was among the ten countries that the commission recommended be classified as a “country of particular concern” over the worsening religious freedom conditions, the report said. (RELATED: ‘A Regime That Fears Religion’: New Report Details China’s Crackdown On Religion)
Although the CCP has long been hostile toward religion, the report says that conditions have only “deteriorated” in 2020, and followers of Islam, Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity were targeted due to alleged “foreign” influences that the CCP is trying to eradicate.
Gary Bauer, a USCIRF commissioner appointed by President Donald Trump, described how the CCP views religion as an “existential threat” that stands in the way of its ability to enforce its influence domestically and abroad.
“When you read the literature of Communist Chinese thinkers thinkers, they think the 21st century will be the Chinese communist century,” Bauer told the Caller. “Their aim is to replace the U.S. as the dominant world power.”
The report highlights forced labor practices targeting Uyghurs and Turkic Muslims, particularly in the Xinjiang region. The Chinese government is accused of expanding its detention centers in 2020 and detaining Muslim minorities for wearing long beards, refusing alcohol, or showing signs of “religious extremism.”
Detainees of the camps have reported torture, rape, and forced sterilization. Many U.S. lawmakers have referred to the Chinese government’s actions in Xinjiang as “genocide.”
Bauer said China’s influence is so widespread in the economic sphere that the products of Uyghur forced labor have reached far and wide through supply chains.