Epoch Times: American Survives CCP Detention and Torture

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

June 20, 2021 

Santa Clara, California—Steven Schaerer, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, is a survivor with a harrowing story to tell.

After graduating from college, he worked in Beijing for five years and founded an educational consulting firm in his 20’s. In October 2016, while still in China, he was wrongly accused of illegal employment and was arrested and thrown into prison, even though he and his employees were all legally employed with visas. He said the Chinese regime often views foreigners as a threat, especially if they are successful.

"Most of Chinese kind of ‘security laws,’ they’re incredibly vague, don’t really mean much, you don’t know what they are,” Schaerer, author and China policy expert, told NTD television.

“And so, when I was in interrogations for hours with Chinese police officers, one of the first questions, one of the questions they routinely ask was, ‘Do you know how much money we make?’ And they were looking at my tax documents, and they said, ‘Do you know how much you make? You make more than we make,’ kind of implying that was in and of itself illegal. I should not as a foreigner be making more money domestically in China than the police officers.”

Bob Fu, PhD., founder and president of ChinaAid, encourages:


People of all political parties and religious beliefs should emphatically agree on this: China's human rights violations should not be tolerated, overlooked, or swept under the rug.

I created ChinaAid in the attic of my [former] Philadelphia home many years ago. Our organization is still going strong.... I'd love for you to join in our efforts to promote freedom [includes religious freedom and human rights for all] and the rule of law in China. All Americans should be able to rally around freedom [and human rights].


In the Family Research Council article, "The Long Arm of the Chinese Communist Party," Arielle Del Turco wrote:

...  Bob Fu has a long history of defending human rights in China. He was a student leader in the Tiananmen Square protests. Later, he went on to pastor a house church in China, for which he and his wife, Heidi, each spent two months in prison. In 1997, they were exiled to the United States. Bob founded ChinaAid in 2002 to promote religious freedom and rule of law in China. Today, he also serves as a Senior Fellow for International Religious Freedom at Family Research Council.

... Ultimately, threats of violence posed to Chinese human rights activists are cowardly and immoral regardless of who makes them. They ought to be strongly opposed wherever they arise. Family Research Council stands in support of Dr. Fu, and [other] defenders of human rights everywhere fighting for a better future for the Chinese people.


Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, 
Whose mouth speaks lying words, 
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood—
                                                                                 ~ Psalm 144:11 (NKJV)

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