BEIJING (BP)--Canadian diplomats, in a confidential report from Beijing, state that China is making "incremental progress" in human rights and may make "steady forward movement" in the future, according to The Globe and Mail newspaper.
Ottawa, however, is not convinced.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet are so critical of the human rights record of next year's Olympics host that they have cancelled Canada's annual human rights dialogue with China. The apparent discrepancy between the Ottawa administration's perceptions and those of Canada's Beijing diplomats mirrors the debate within Christian circles....
From the article,"But those who on conscientious grounds refuse to accept the atheist Communist Party domination of, and interference in, church affairs â- and they are the majority of both Protestants and Catholics â- still face a rough ride.
According to a leaked internal document, the Chinese Communist Party waged a secret campaign against unregistered house churches for nearly six months, from mid-June until the end of November...."