China News & Prayer (2018.12.23-31)

Tongzhou: Beijing Deputy Center

In 2012, at the 11th Party Congress in Beijing, the Beijing Municipal Committee decided to build a fully functional Beijing Deputy Center in Tongzhou. This is a major strategic decision: package Beijing into a cosmopolitan city with lavish Chinese characteristics to help promote the scientific development of the capital. Shifting some of its administrative functions out of the city center will enable Beijing to address her “urban ills” by better spatial restructuring and redeveloping the city. The move is part of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integrated plan. According to reports, the planned Tongzhou will have a working population of 600,000 to 800,000 who mostly takes up residence in there. The moving of offices to Tongzhou Deputy Centre has started recently, including those of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee, the Municipal Government, the Municipal People’s Congress and the Municipal People’s Association.

(“Beijing News”, November 9, 2018)

  • Pray for the construction of the Beijing Deputy Center, so that the ills of the capital can be removed on the one hand and a green city for the benefit of the people will be created on the other hand.

Filling the Gap

“My dad, who has a bad relationship with us, was yelling to divorce my mom last year. The crisis was settled grudgingly but we, as their children, wonder what role to take over the matter. My mother is tired of my dad, as well as their marriage; but grandma’s feeling concerns her very much. Except father, everyone in the family has believed in Jesus. Father claims that he is the God, as Jehovah is translated as ‘I am’; and God is in his heart, father therefore becomes the representative of the Lord, he declares. Father would never admit his mistakes and my mother seems to be extremely exhausted. In fact, my childhood was also very unpleasant as my father beat me a lot. Thank God for giving me a good sister to make up for this flaw.”

(Audience “Heart Keeper”)

  • Pray for the family of “Heart Keeper” so that his father would introspect the hurts he made. May the Lord keep her mother strong and after all the hardship in life can she experience the deepest love of the Lord.

Ecological Protection

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was officially opened in October, and the number of Chinese white dolphins listed as national first-class protected animals in the nearby waters has been receiving much attention. The Bridge Authority recently said that the number of white dolphins in the Mainland has not decreased. However, the monitoring report commissioned by the Hong Kong Agriculture and Fisheries Department showed that the number of white dolphins in the waters of Hong Kong fell by more than 40% to 47 after construction. The monitoring report of mainland Chinese institutions also showed that the number of white dolphins in the Mainland fell by 20% to more than 900 after the construction of the bridge. It is known that since 1997, the South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences has been monitoring the number of white dolphins in the Pearl River Estuary and the monitoring method is the same as that of the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

(Editor’s Take, Ming Pao, November 12, 2018)

  • Please pray for the rapid exploration and development of Chinese societies, so that the authorities would pay attention to the protection of China’s natural ecology.

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