President Hu Jintao of China was warmly welcomed by President Barack Obama during an official visit to the U.S. and honored with a rare State Dinner while his visit presented an opportunity to expose the horrific human rights violations taking place in China today.
New Speaker of the House Republican John Boehner pressed Hu on forced abortion during a congressional leadership meeting stating: "When it comes to guaranteeing the freedom and dignity of all her citizens, including and especially the unborn, Chinese leaders have a responsibility to do better, and the United States has a responsibility to hold them to account."
PNCI, the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues report that U.S. Representatives Chris Smith and Frank Wolf hosted a press conference with prominent Chinese human rights activists who spoke for the millions imprisoned, tortured and killed by the repressive Chinese regime and gave testimony against China's population control policy. According to Smith, "The Chinese government's one-child-per-couple policy, with its attendant horrors of forced abortion campaigns and rampant sex-selective abortion, is, in scope and seriousness, the worst human rights abuse - the worst gender crime - in the world today."
The Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, presented President Hu with a list of concerns about human rights violations in China during the meeting in the US Capitol. Hu responsed on only one issue--forced abortion. According to Ros-Lehtinen "Out of all of the issues I raised, the only one which received a response from Mr. Hu was my statement urging the end of China's forced abortion policy. I was astonished when he insisted that such a policy does not exist."
Hu's denial of the practice of coerced abortion in enforcing the one child policy casts serious doubt on his credibility as global media coverage voiced the concerns of Chinese human rights advocates who exposed the brutality of China's population policy.
Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights without Frontiers condemned the violence of coerced abortion in China and former Tiananmen Square student leader Chai Ling made an impassioned plea for the end of the daily 35,000 coerced and forced abortions in China. Ling, founder of All Girls Allowed was hopeful that more Americans would voice their opposition to the abuse inflicted on women in China and to the killing of baby girls through sex selective abortion and infanticide.
Ling told the meeting
"As we gather here in Washington, over 35,000 forced and coerced abortions are taking place today in China; every 2.5 second a precious baby's life is taken; among every six baby girls, one will never be born simply because she is a girl; 500 women will commit suicide, at five times the world average rate; 3000 baby girls are abandoned on street corners; and more than 200 children and women are trafficked into slavery […]
"Yesterday we celebrated Dr. King's birthday. His passionate dream led to a generation and a world that restores life, value and dignity to all races. Today, we too have a dream! We dream a dream that will restore life, value and dignity to all children, all gender, in China and around the world.
"We dream a dream that tomorrow China's Forced One Child Policy will become history; we dream a dream that children will grow up with brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts; we dream a dream that all tears will be wiped from the faces of parents whose children were taken; we dream a dream that all young men will have brides and taste the sweetness of being newly wed; we dream a dream that all mothers will mourn no more because they are with children; we dream a dream that the oppressed will find freedom and the exiled will return home; we dream a dream that justice will roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
We dream a dream that God would bless his promised land of China and the world: that there will be no more death, no more mourning; no more crying; no more pain, for the old order of things has passed away. We know these dreams will come true because God's words are trustworthy and true (Revelation 21:4-5).