On the third night of the Republican National Convention (RNC,) blind Chinese refugee Chen Guangcheng spoke of the horror he endured in his homeland for strongly speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP.)
Chen was “prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison, and put under house arrest” for speaking out about the CCP’s one-child policy.
“I escaped and was given shelter in the American Embassy in Beijing,” the human rights activist, known for his work against forced abortion in China, said.
“I am forever grateful to the American people for welcoming me and my family to the United States where we are now free,” he said during his speech. “The CCP is an enemy of humanity. It is terrorizing its own people and it is threatening the well-being of the world.”
Chen continued, “In China, expressing beliefs or ideas not approved by the CCP—religion, democracy, human rights—can lead to prison. The nation lives under mass surveillance and censorship,” reported the Daily Caller.
Chen rounded out his speech by imploring Americans to support the president in the fight against these atrocities.
“President Trump had led on this and we need the other countries to join him in this fight, a fight for our future. Standing up to fight unfairness isn’t easy, I know. So does President Trump, but he has shown the courage to lead that fight,” Chen said.
China has fallen under strong criticism from President Trump and the Republican Party, with other nations joining in the condemnation of the CCP after they knowingly allowed the CCP Virus to spread internationally before telling the world about it. International flights had continued from Wuhan after the virus began spreading there, despite the ban they had placed on domestic flights, thus seeding the rest of the world with the virus, creating a pandemic.
The pandemic has been responsible for almost 2.4 million infections and 160,000 deaths worldwide, and endless heartache for businesses and the economies in major cities.
China’s lack of transparency caused Australia to condemn the CCP, with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne calling for an international investigation into the CCP in April, after reports of the number of deaths in Wuhan from the virus had been falsified.
The Australian prime minister has insisted the country stay committed to an independent review, despite the push back from the CCP that has called any inquiry groundless.
“It’s not pursued as an issue of criticism, it’s pursued as an issue of importance for public health,” he said, reported SBS. “This is important regardless of where a virus may break out—if it happened in Australia if it happened in China if it happened in parts of Africa or the Pacific or the Middle East or wherever it would happen to be.”