Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Thursday, January 10, 2002
The Bush administration last year ended the annual battle between trade and human rights, but China should not be allowed to get away with its increased persecution of Christians and other religious believers. China has signed international agreements, promising to protect religious freedom, but it has ignored all of them.
The State Department reports that Chinese officials are destroying churches, demanding kickbacks to avoid prosecution and harassing so-called licensed churches. As USA Today says, "the sad trend comes as China is getting more and more of what it wants." Something should be done.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.