The Rise of China

The Rise of China

All eyes are on China.

As the country quickly becomes an economic superpower, human rights violations and religious persecution continue to be a cause for concern.

Uyghur Muslims are placed in re-education camps, working in forced labour. The women are sterilized; their children are ripped from their families. Canada, the U.S., and many human rights organizations have called it genocide.

And Chinese Christians continue to be persecuted. Government officials shut down more than 100 churches in 2020. But many continue to join underground churches – risking imprisonment.

The detainment of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig for three years put a strain on Canada-China diplomatic relations. And calls for boycotts to the upcoming Beijing Olympics come as virtual disappearance of tennis star Peng Shuai.

But as the human rights abuses continue, the global community can’t ignore China’s economic superpower, with experts saying China could have the world’s largest economy as early as 2030.

So what is the recourse? How does the world hold China accountable?

This week on Context, what the rise of China means to Canada and the rest of the world.

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