18 January 2017
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    18/01/2017 - CHINA

    The growth data raised the GDP to 23%. The provincial governments, driven by a desire to make a career, have published spectacular (and false) results for growth, in the People's Daily. The National Bureau of Statistics send out a warning.


     




    17/01/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea’s desperate war on demographic decline


    Population decline threatens the country. The government offers financial incentives to young couples. In the last decade, more than 101.6 trillion won have been offered to tackle the crisis. The record low of 1.08 children per mother was reached in 2005. Statistics indicate that people over 65 could represent 24.5% of the population by 2030.


    17/01/2017 - SWITZERLAND – CHINA

    Xi Jinping’ s first time in Davos


    In the opening address of the World Economic Forum, China’s president defended globalisation and the free market despite China’s own "protectionism" and yuan "manipulation". Police detain at least 32 people demonstrating for a Free Tibet.


    17/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: No to "parked Christians." The courage of hope


    At Mass in Santa Marta, Pope Francis exhorts people to walk in hope, which is like "an anchor" to which we are attached. "To live by hope, always looking ahead with courage ... even where everything seems dark". "Stop to selfish Christians."


     


    17/01/2017 - CHINA

    Party Member fired for criticizing Mao cult


    Zuo Chunhe, deputy director of the Culture and  News Bureau in Shijiazhuang, called Mao "a devil." He was found guilty of "wrong remarks" and violation of Party discipline. No one is allowed to study the critical aspects of history of Mao and the Party.


     


    16/01/2017 - CHINA

    Drugged and schizophrenic: the fruits of the imprisonment and torture of Human Rights lawyer Li Chunfu

    by Wang Zhicheng

    In prison, he was forced to take daily medicine "against the high blood pressure" (which he has never had). Long periods spent locked in a narrow iron cage. The testimony of his sister-in-law Wang Qiaoling and thanks his wife Bi Liping: "Expose the crimes of the Tianjin police. Show them to the light of day". The magazine "China Change" demands an international investigation into abuses against Human Rights lawyers (many of them are Christians).

     


    16/01/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Jae-yong arrested in connection with President Park’s scandal


    He is accused of paying bribes to Choi Soon-sil worth more than US$ 36 million US. Prosecutors allege that the group also financed a Choi-owned sports company to the tune of US$ 18.3 million.


    16/01/2017 - TAIWAN

    A prize for "hidden people": 30 people who improve the lives of others in the peripheries

    by Xin Yage

    The award created and given by Kuangchi Program Service (光啟 社) in collaboration with AsiaNews and the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference. Prizes donated by category: social commitment; music; art; proclamation of faith; training and education; jobs for migrants; spiritual accompaniment; responsibility towards society. Pope Francis in favor of  program called  "Not I (wu wo)", which means: "Not I, but the people I serve."

     


    15/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Church does not proclaim itself, it proclaims Christ; it does not bring itself, it brings Christ


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that "The Church, in every age, is called to do what John the Baptist did – show Jesus to the people." The pontiff warned though, “Woe, woe to the Church when it proclaims itself, for it loses its compass, and does not know where it goes.” On the World Day of Migrants and refugees, dedicated to migrant children, “It is necessary to take every possible measure to ensure protection and defence to migrant children, as well as their integration." Speaking to ethnic communities, he expressed his hope that they will “live peacefully in the towns that welcome you, respecting their laws and traditions and, at the same time, maintaining the values ​​of your cultures of origin.” He thanked the Migrantes Office and cited the example of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, patron saint of migrants.


    14/01/2017 - CHINA

    Lawyer Li Chunfu shows signs of deep mental and physical scars after 18 months in prison

    by Wang Zhicheng

    He has represented 200 miners in Hebei and some members of the Falun Gong movement. His brother, a Christian lawyer, has represented members of house churches and political dissidents. The police have probably threatened him of jailing him again if he talks about his situation and if he meets other human rights lawyers, or their spouses, who are fighting for their release. China Change calls for an international investigation into torture and violence in China.


    14/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mother Teresa is an icon for all those who treat irresponsible globalization


    In his meeting with members of the Global Foundation, Pope Francis condemned the "culture of waste" and the "capitalist system”, as had John Paul II in his encyclical Centesimus Annus. Mother Teresa welcomed “every human life, whether unborn or abandoned and discarded". For a " fraternal and cooperative" globalization, we need to learn “compassion for those suffering”, and be guided by the Church's social doctrine.


    13/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Church must listen to "the sensitivity of the faith; even the doubts and criticism" of young people


    Francis writes a Letter to present the preparatory document of the 2018 Synod, on "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment". Online questionnaire for young people announced.


    13/01/2017 - CHINA – RUSSIA – SOUTH KOREA

    Wary of South Korea-based THAAD, Beijing and Moscow discuss "countermeasures"


    The two countries held joint anti-missile drill in May last year, plan another one this year.


    13/01/2017 - CHINA

    As Chinese exports drop in December, all eyes are on Trump


    In 2016, Chinese exports fell by 7.7 per cent, the worst decline since 2009. With Trump’s victory, the yuan weakened to its lowest level since 2009.


    13/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: following Jesus "is not easy, but it's nice! It is always a risk". And to do that you have to get moving


    "To follow Jesus, because we need something or follow Jesus because we are in danger and that means following Jesus in faith: this is the faith. Trust in Jesus, trust Jesus. "

     


    12/01/2017 - UNITED STATES – CHINA

    Tillerson sets stage for confrontation with Beijing over South China Sea islands


    "Building islands and then putting military assets on those islands is akin to Russia's taking of Crimea. Its taking of territory that others lay claim to," Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson said.


    12/01/2017 - MYANMAR - CHINA

    Kachin: Thousands of displaced persons and civilians fleeing army offensive against rebels

    by Francis Khoo Thwe

    At least 4 thousand people sought refuge in Chinese territory. But the Beijing authorities are continuing rejections and repulsed the displaced across the border. Caritas and international NGOs speak of a serious humanitarian crisis, calling for an end to violence and aid for civilians. Naypyidaw denies UN envoy permission to visit the war zones.


    12/01/2017 - CHINA

    University of Guangzhou prohibits teachers to criticize the Party


    The prestigious University of Sun Yat-sen has issued 10 bans for teachers to "improve the quality of teaching". The first three prohibitions are on "criticizing the constitution", "criticizing the Party" and "spreading religion and superstition."

     


    11/01/2017 - CHINA

    After ending its one-child policy, China plans to improve the country’s health care system


    Beijing’s new ‘five-year health plan’ includes child health care, primary education, as well as more staff and beds.


    11/01/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    More than 6,000 Koreans ordained priests


    Some 5,021 are still active in their vocation, 560 have died and 440 have left the priesthood to return to their previous life.


    11/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: hope in God, who never disappoints, and not in idols like power and wealth


    It is important that hope "is placed in what really can help us live and give meaning to our existence." "Placing your hope in idols, you become like them: hollow images with hands that do not touch, feet that do not walk, mouths that cannot talk", "and we, men of the Church, we run that risk when ‘we become worldly '. We have to stay in the world but defend ourselves from illusions of the world. "


    10/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Jesus had authority because he served people, was close to the people and was consistent


    Those like the doctors of the law, who pass themselves off as princes, “are clericalist” which is hypocritical, they say one thing and do another. "They will speak the truth, but without authority. Instead Jesus, who is humble, who serves, and is close to others, who does not despise people and who is consistent, has authority. And this is the authority that God's people listens to".

     


    10/01/2017 - CHINA

    Chinese professor fired for criticizing Mao Zedong online


    The "President" accused of having caused the death of millions is people. Dozens gathered around the university to protest against the teacher. The academic committee of the Party: "False claims".


    10/01/2017 - CHINA

    Four herders arrested in Inner Mongolia for online petition


    Ethnic Mongols, who represent 20 per cent of the region’s 23 million people, are increasingly complaining about widespread environmental degradation and unfair development policies in the region.


    09/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Religions can help the world find peace, no to weapons and terrorism


    In his speech to the diplomatic corps Francis stresses the importance of religions for peace and therefore their commitment to deny that one can kill in God's name, promote disarmament, particularly nuclear, and non-violence , the migrants and the protection of children, the protection of nature, the value of religious freedom.

     


    09/01/2017 - CHINA

    Guizhou Protestant pastor jailed on espionage charges


    “This is political persecution pure and simple," his lawyer says. “From a legal point of view, the charges against pastor Yang just don't stand up. How could he have revealed any state secrets?” a fellow pastor asks. " I think Yang Hua is innocent, and yet they have locked him up for such a long time."


    09/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christian life is simple, know, worship and follow Jesus


    "This is the center of our life: Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is manifest, has shown himself to us, we are invited to know him, to recognize him, in life, in so many circumstances of life, recognizing Jesus, knowing Jesus. "


    09/01/2017 - SRI LANKA - CHINA

    Southern Sri Lanka: clashes and wounded in protests against a Chinese port


    Colombo is finalizing an agreement with Beijing for the concession of a coastal area for a period of 99 years. The project will force the eviction of the local population. The investment plan is part of the Chinese strategy of "One Belt, One road".

     


    09/01/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Seoul warns Pyongyang: Another missile test will bring tougher sanctions


    In his speech for the new year, Kim Jong-un has announced that an intercontinental missile capable, of hitting the US is almost ready.

     


    08/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "I like to think that the first sermon of Jesus in the stable was a cry, the first"


    Francis baptizes 28 children. “The faith given in Baptism, means a life of faith, because faith is lived, it means to walk on the road of faith and bear witness to the faith. "






    Editor's choices

    CHINA – VATICAN
    Old guard and illegitimate bishops dominate the new Catholic Assembly

    Elizabeth Li

    Ma Yinglin and Fang Xingyao are re-elected presidents of the Bishops Council and the Patriotic Association, respectively. The principles of independence, autonomy, self-management and sinicisation are extolled. There is no "positive signal" as hoped by the Vatican.


    CHINA - VATICAN
    Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives extolls "independence and autonomy"

    Bernardo Cervellera

    59 bishops present at assembly, as well as the state administration for religious affairs director and members of the United Front. Future changes in the leadership of the Council of Bishops and the Patriotic Association. Extolling of autonomy (from the Holy See), a non-positive sign. The Global Times reiterates preconditions for dialogue. A state church. The criticism of Card. Joseph Zen and Hong Kong’s Justice and Peace. One Catholic: This assembly is a slap in the face to the Vatican.


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