Tuesday marks the 24th anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square protests. The bloody 1989 crackdown by the Chinese military drove one of the protest leaders, Chai Ling, into exile but also to faith in Jesus Christ.
Chai, 47, now heads All Girls Allowed, a ministry opposed to China's forced abortions under the one-child policy.
On Monday, she told the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations that her country may be materially rich, but it is spiritually poor and needs a moral anchor to restrain selfishness and corruption.
Ling said she believes Christ is her country's best hope, and she prays that Chinese conversions to Christianity will lead to "a godly partnership between America and China."
"Despite constant acts of terrorism, threats in the Middle East, and turbulence around the rest of the world, a godly partnership between America and China holds the key to a peaceful, stable and prosperous world," Ling told lawmakers.
"To understand the truth and lessons from the Tiananmen Square massacre is the beginning of forging such a partnership," she said.
President Obama is scheduled to meet with China's new president next week.