1989 protest leader says Christ is China’s hope

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WASHINGTON (AP)

A leader of the June 4, 1989, pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square says Beijing’s bloody crackdown drove her into exile and ultimately to faith that China’s hope is in Jesus Christ.

Chai Ling now heads All Girls Allowed, a ministry opposed to the forced abortions under China’s one-child policy.

She told a congressional subcommittee that her homeland is now materially rich but spiritually poor, without a moral anchor to restrain selfishness and corruption. The survivor of the massacre that left hundreds dead 24 years ago said she now prays that Chinese conversions to Christianity will lead to “a godly partnership between America and China.”

Congressman Chris Smith said that when President Obama meets China’s new president this coming weekend, “a robust discussion of human rights abuses in China must be on the agenda.”

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