Tobias Brandner on "" on the situation of Christians in China

Photo: Delf Bucher/reformed

Tobias Brandner has been an international co-worker of Mission 21 in Hong Kong for many years. As a theology professor at the Chinese University in Hong Kong and as a prison chaplain, he has insight into various, very different areas of society.

In an interview with the members' magazine "reformed." he first explains his stance that it was understandable that China was awarded the Winter Olympics. As an athlete, he would certainly participate, but try to subtly criticize the Chinese leadership. A signal of criticism, Brandner said, would show "the international public that human rights violations in China must not simply be accepted."

Tougher course towards Christians

Tobias Brandner observes that conditions in China have deteriorated since Xi Jinping came to power ten years ago. He refers in particular to human rights and freedom of expression. Repression against Christians in particular has increased. Behind this repression lies the regime's insecurity and fear that Christian communities could be disloyal to the state.

Theologian Christoph Stückelberger, who teaches at several universities in China, was also interviewed. He agrees with Brandner that repression in China has increased, but gives greater weight to the successes of the Chinese state in the fight against poverty and hunger in the country.

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