22/07/2017 - CHINA
No response to foreign journalists ' request for news. Friends say they have no information about Liu Xiaobo's wife and believe sh is being kept under police control in the southern Yunnan province
21/07/2017 - CHINA
Communist Party threatens to punish members if they are religious
The party remains concerned about the enduring issue. “Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party rules and stick to the Party's faith,” one official writes. They should not be “allowed to seek value and belief in religion”.
20/07/2017 - EGYPT – CHINA
China is suspected in the arrest of hundreds of Uyghur students
China appears to be behind the round-up to get students home where they face long prison sentences on terrorism and extremism charges. Activists and international NGOs slam the "ridiculous" charges and the lack of legal protection for those in custody.
20/07/2017 - ASIA
Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai among most sought-after destinations in 2017 City Index
New York is still first, but Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong are second and third for business. The top ten includes Tokyo (fifth), Beijing (seventh), and Shanghai (tenth). The younger generation prefer Abu Dhabi and Tokyo. The data comes from the Ipsos Global survey of the best cities in which to live, work and visit.
20/07/2017 - CHINA
Liu Xia on forced "vacation". Activists remember her husband seven days after his death
According to the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in China, she it is being held in isolation by police in Yunnan province. Ceremonies are being held everywhere to remember the Nobel Prize laureate one week after his death, but Beijing is closely monitoring and censoring any reference to the dissident.
20/07/2017 - CHINA - INDIA
Modi’s Hindu nationalism could trigger another war, the Global Times says
A belligerent editorial in the Chinese Communist Party newspaper clarifies Beijing's position. Tensions have reignited between China and India near the border with Bhutan, on the Doklam plateau claimed by China. The armies have been facing off for about a month. India feels still surrounded.
19/07/2017 - CHINA - TIBET
Gansu: Beijing forces Tibetans to wave the Chinese flag
The incident occurred at a summer festival that opens the region's picnic season. In the past, Tibetans had refused to obey and the authorities had sent soldiers disguised as Tibetans to carry the Chinese flag.
18/07/2017 - CHINA
Xi Jinping wants more imports and foreign investment
The Chinese president said that foreign firms should be able to benefit from the same treatment as Chinese companies. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Xi stood as a defender of free trade and globalisation against Donald Trump's protectionism, but foreign companies operating in China complain of obstacles they face to do business in that country.
18/07/2017 - VATICAN
Pope on twitter reaches 35 million followers
Benedict XVI launched the account 3 December 2012. Available in nine languages, it is one the most followed in the world with the most retweets. In recent weeks, the pope’s thoughts about Charlie Gard and very sick children was extensively retweeted.
17/07/2017 - CHINA
China censors Winnie the Pooh
The Disney-owned character has become a “sensitive” topic in recent years after a less-than-flattering comparison was made between the portly bear and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Some post the name and picture just to see how quickly they are censored.
17/07/2017 - CHINA
Liu Xiaobo: a torch that enlightens human civilization
The testimony of the great nonviolent dissident is the highest contribution to humanity in the last (sterile) 500 years of Chinese history. A priest from North China offers an elegy in memory of Liu (and his wife).
16/07/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Jesus invites us to look inward and carry our rocks and brambles in the confession
"Let us ask ourselves if our heart is open to accept faithfully the seed of the Word of God. Let us ask ourselves if the rocks of idleness are still numerous and big. Let us identify and call by name the brambles of vices. Let us find the courage to clean properly the ground, bringing our rocks and brambles to the Lord in the confession and in prayer.”
15/07/2017 - HONG KONG – CHINA
Court removes four opposition members for failing to take their oath of office properly
With their disqualification, the opposition loses its ability to block parliamentary decisions. The court acted on the urging of the chief executive, “inspired” by Beijing.
14/07/2017 - CHINA
China, Liu Xiaobo: Global criticism of Beijing
Harsh comments on the government's no to overseas treatment. Focus now on concerns for his wife, her mental health and calls for her freedom. Twitter creates #FreeLiuXia hashtag.
14/07/2017 - CHINA - TIBET
The Dalai Lama’s condolences for Liu Xiaobo
According to the Dalai Lama, "although he is no longer living, the rest of us can best pay honor to Liu Xiabo by carrying forward the principles he has long embodied, which would lead to a more harmonious, stable and prosperous China." “It is my belief that Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s unceasing efforts in the cause of freedom will bear fruit before long”.
14/07/2017 - CHINA - HONG KONG
China, Liu Xiaobo: Hong Kong's mourners call for the liberation of his wifeby Victoria Ma
Cardinal Zen: "Your blood has not been spilled in vain." Candel light vigils organized in Hong Kong and throughout the country. Alliance: the population has the right to cry for Liu, no interference in the mourning.
13/07/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: visiting the sick or giving food to the poor "is already preaching"
13/07/2017 - CHINA
China: Djibouti home to Beijing’s first foreign military base
The main role of the base is to support the Chinese warships used in the region in anti-piracy operations. Even the United States, France and Japan have permanent military bases in Djibouti. The former French colony is strategically located, offering access to the strait of Bab el-Mandeb connecting the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.
12/07/2017 - CHINA
Hong Kong Christians seek overseas care for Liu Xiaobo
According to Shenyang Hospital's medical report, the dissident's conditions are critical: the liver cancer is in terminal, requiring dialysis, and resuscitation. But foreign doctors allowed to visit him on July 9 said he could still travel. Christians in Hong Kong cite to art. 33 of the Chinese Constitution: "The country respects and protects the human rights of citizens," they demand respect for Liu Xiaobo's right to life and for his choice to seek treatment abroad.
11/07/2017 - CHINA
Xi Jinping and the Restoration of Traditionalism in Chinaby Zi Yang (*)
A new campaign is underway to rediscover and implement Chinese traditional culture. The promoter is the state and the general secretary of the Communist Party. Marxism has lost all its charm with the people. The campaign responds to the spiritual void felt by many Chinese and at the same time draws the fascination that Western culture and democracy exemplify between intellectuals and people. Confucianism, once despised by the party and Mao, now becomes an educational model. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
10/07/2017 - INDIA – CHINA – TIBET
The Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday sparks Beijing’s anger against Delhi
A Chinese Communist Party's newspaper slams the celebrations, which saw the Tibetan flag hoisted. For the paper, India uses the “Tibet card” in its diplomatic relations with Beijing; however, "more Western countries have snubbed the Dalai Lama." The incident raises the possibility of trade sanctions.
10/07/2017 - CHINA
American and German experts say Liu Xiaobo can be treated abroad
Two doctors visited the dissident. According to Beijing authorities, Liu was too ill to be transported. For the Chinese hospital "he does not have better options abroad".
10/07/2017 - NORTH KOREA – UNITED STATES
Pyongyang reacts to US bombers in Korean skies
"The US, with its dangerous military provocation, is pushing the risk of a nuclear war on the peninsula to a tipping point,” wrote North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper in an editorial. “The US saying it will regularly deploy strategic bombers to the Korean Peninsula is the same as a crazy act of playing fire on top of an ammunitions locker. A small misjudgement or error can immediately lead to the beginning of a nuclear war, which will inevitably lead to another world war,” the paper added. Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-In tries to keep the door open to dialogue.
09/07/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Jesus "does not take the Cross from us, but carries it with us", let us entrust people and situations to him
“So many goals are illusory: they promise some respite and distraction, they guarantee peace and fun, only to leave the same solitude as before, they are "fireworks". That is why Christ indicated where to go:"Come to me".
08/07/2017 - VATICAN
Card Sarah: Ensure the validity of bread and wine for the Eucharist
Letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship. Bishops must ensure that the material for the celebration is valid: wheat bread and grape wine. The exceptions for celiac and for those who do not drink wine but can drink mustum. Verification is needed because today these products are also sold in supermarkets and via the internet.
08/07/2017 - HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong Christians pray for Liu Xiaobo and his wife. Cardinal Zen: Tell the truth like himby Victoria Ma
A vigil of almost 300 Catholics and Protestants for the great dissident who is dying from terminal cancer liver cancer and for his wife. Liu is "China's Conscience." Cardinal Zen: He is like a prophet of the Old Testament. Rev Wu: His writings are full of Christian values. Postcards to sign and send to the Liu family: "Xiaobo, we are with you".
08/07/2017 - UN
Over 100 countries vote for the prohibition of nuclear arms, but big powers rebel
The text was approved with 122 votes in favor, one against, one abstention. But none of the nine nuclear countries - US, Russia, China, France, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel - took part in the debate or vote. Vatican support and the appreciation of UN Secretary-General Guterres.
07/07/2017 - VATICAN
Pope to G20: Address ongoing conflicts and migration for an inclusive and sustainable global economy
Following the request of Angela Merkel, Pope Francis writes to heads of state and government in Hamburg for the summit of the world's major economies. A "heartfelt appeal" to address the tragic situations of South Sudan, Lake Chad, Horn of Africa and Yemen, where there are 30 million people who have no food and water to survive. " The contradiction between apparent unity in the "common economic forums" and the persistence of "armed conflicts". Take an example from the great leaders of the recent past: Schuman, De Gasperi, Adenauer, Monnet. Bear in mind the great majority of the population, even though it represents only 10% of the world economy.
07/07/2017 - CHINA
Doctors tell Liu Xiaobo's family to prepare for his death
Treatment against liver cancer interrupted, in preference of palliative care. The invitation from specialists from the United States and Germany halted over bureaucratic issues. Liu's friends suspect that authorities want to let him die.
06/07/2017 - CHINA
Protests and arrest in Hunan after flooding hits southern China
Bad weather continues in at least 11 provinces. More than 11 million people are affected. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged, crops lost, trains and flights cancelled. At least 3,000 policemen have been deployed in rescue and security operations. Protesters clash with police over the government's slowness.
06/07/2017 - CHINA
Chinese family bound and gagged to demolish house
The family had refused compensation from local authorities for their home. Forced removal and demolition are a persistent problem in China, especially in its vast rural areas, after decades of rapid development and urbanisation. Home owners who refuse to leave have been beaten and even killed, making the issue one of the main causes of social tensions and unrest.
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