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by Bernardo Cervellera | VATICAN-HONG KONG-MACAO-CHINA

The ad limina visit of the two territories has not been held for 10 years. Yesterday bishops met with Secretary of State Card. Pietro Parolin. The need to continue dialogue with China, despite issues about which  "we do not agree". Praying for the Pope, the Church in China and "for all those who have sacrificed their lives for their faith". The impatience of young people, frustrated by the lack of perspectives and freedom.

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A study by the National Audit Office denounces the proliferation of hydraulic works along the Blue River. About 300 rivers and tributaries dry up due to the use of dams. Irregularities in the use of funds allocated for environmental care.

| 23/06/2018
| CHINA
by Lawrence Jangma Gam

"Patience and time are required to restore trust between the communities,” says the democratic leader. UN special envoy visits Rakhine State, meets victims of violence. Buddhist leaders reject the number of Muslim refugees. Myanmar lacks “credibility or impartiality”, says High Commissioner for Human Rights.

| 22/06/2018
| MYANMAR

Islamist infiltrations in the educational systems of more and more Southeast Asian countries is a problem. Sarah L. Handang approves the government's policy of supervising what is taught in the country’s Islamic schools. This way radicalism and extremist ideologies will not be taught to children. Filipino Muslims are used to living together with Christians.

| 22/06/2018
| PHILIPPINES

The solidarity of the whole Catholic world "has come to meet the emergencies of wars and migrations, but above all it has been able to guarantee the life of the Churches, pastoral and evangelization activities, social and welfare works". The distinctive identity and vocation of Jerusalem "must be preserved beyond the various tensions and disputes".

| 22/06/2018
| VATICAN

Countries making "intermediate goods" like Taiwan, South Korea and South-East Asian nations are the hardest hit. Experts note that the trade war is having ripple effects across the region. Local currencies fall. After Turkey India announces duties on US food imports worth US$ 240 million.

| 22/06/2018
| ASIA - UNITED STATES

Exercises scheduled for this fiscal year were designed to prepare the population for evacuation in case of a North Korean missile attack. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants a tête-à-tête with Kim Jong-un.

| 22/06/2018
| JAPAN
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Pope Francis is hopeful about relations with China, which are not just based on diplomatic talks but also on cultural exchanges and friendship. For him, Card Zen is "a little scared".

| 20/06/2018
| VATICAN – CHINA
 

One hundred families went back to the eastern sector of the northern metropolis. A Chaldean priest talks about reconstruction. In addition to houses, social and economic life must be rebuilt. For Muslim leaders, there is no rebirth without Christians.

| 20/06/2018
| IRAQ – REFUGEES
 

With today's signature, the two leaders commit to a lasting and stable peace on the Korean Peninsula. The deal calls for the recovering the remains of prisoners of war. Kim makes an "Unwavering commitment" to denuclearise the peninsula. Trump offers security guarantees to North Korea. China approves; France has doubts. South Koreans “hope” for peace. North Korean refugees are concerned.

| 12/06/2018
| KOREA – UNITED STATES – ASIA
 
by Lawrence Jangma Gam

The civil war in the northern state has entered its seventh year. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has exceeded 150,000. Some tell of their flight from their homes and of their life in the reception facilities.

| 12/06/2018
| MYANMAR
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