Updated at 8:18 a.m. on July 19, 2019. A previous version of this report incorrectly stated that Bob Fu met with President Trump. This version corrected the error.
Secretary Pompeo and Amb. Brownback at the Ministerial
(Washington D.C. – July 17, 2019) Amid the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. this week, ChinaAid President Bob Fu spent time with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Pastor Andrew Brunson, among others. U.S. President Donald Trump also met with victims of persecution.
At the meeting with Trump, which was attended by Manping Ouyang, the wife of persecuted house church leader Su Tianfu, and prominent victims of religious persecution, the president demonstrated concern for religious freedom and support of those who have been victims of oppression for their faith.
A video of the meeting can be viewed on the White House’s YouTube channel.
Taking place from July 16-18, the Ministerial was convened by Secretary of State Pompeo.
The final day included an address by Pompeo, and Vice President Mike Pence, who notes attendees are present “because we believe in the freedom of conscience, the right of all people to live out their lives according to their deeply held religious beliefs.”
Pence also voiced his support of Ouyang.
Fu expressed thanks on Facebook for the chance to “spend some substantive time” with Pastor Brunson and his wife, whose “dedication, calling and heart” towards China he calls encouraging.
Fu also spent time with Taiwanese Representative to the United States Stanley Kao, alongside other prominent leaders in the U.S. and overseas.
In a different Facebook post, Fu writes how a session with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and former Congressman Frank Wolf, anchored by U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, sent a powerful message to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
According to Fu, America “is united with bipartisanship to take action for religious freedom in China,” especially concerning the Uyghurs in concentration camps.
Fu was also featured at a July 15 event in the Dirksen Senate Office Building called “Silicon Valley and China: The Rise of Religious Oppression through Tech.”
A variety of religious persecution survivors were invited to the Ministerial in order to emphasize the importance of advancing religious freedom as a foreign policy component. Those invited include representatives of the North Korean people, Rohingyas, Uyghurs, and Yazidis, among others.
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