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Since last Sunday, Masses can be celebrated in various parts of the country, including Bangkok. But not in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, where people will have to wait until 7 June. The “new normal" includes masks, distancing and temperature detection. Priest in the capital notes “great enthusiasm", but also a little unease about precautionary measures.

 

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by Wang Zhicheng

At the press conference marking the end of the National People's Congress, Premier Li listed policies designed to boost the economy, such as special government bonds, tax breaks, lower business expenses, cuts in bank interest rates, and more welfare spending. Xi Jinping's "dream" of beating poverty by the end of 2020 remains valid. Li’s speech was nice but was thin on relations with the US and Taiwan.

| 29/05/2020
| CHINA

Since the anniversary of the encyclical, a special year to "encourage and promote concerted individual and community actions for the care of our common home" and to "promote good practices".

| 29/05/2020
| VATICAN
by Biju Veticad

According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), unemployment reached 27.52 per cent in the first week of May, up from 8.54 per cent in March before the lockdown.

| 29/05/2020
| INDIA
by Sumon Corraya

Local authorities blame the massacre on traffickers holding the workers hostage. At least 12 million Bangladeshis live abroad, just over 21,000 in Libya. In 2020, 654 Bangladeshi illegally entered Europe from Libya. Caritas Bangladesh notes that migrants pay more than 10,000 euros to end up in the hands of unscrupulous criminals.

| 29/05/2020
| LIBYA – BANGLADESH
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The 75 years since the Great Patriotic War will be celebrated on June 24 and July 26. Preparations for vote on changes to the constitution that will give power to Putin's regime for life. Sergij, a rebel igumen, who refused the safety instructions on the coronavirus, has been suspended. He often urged the faithful to "ignore the self-isolation imposed by satanic authorities".

| 29/05/2020
| RUSSIA

Police identified centers that offered treatment to people with symptoms related to coronavirus. The patients were all foreigners, mainly Chinese. The fear is that the sick could still be infected and spread the virus. In the archipelago over 15500 infections and 921 official victims.

| 29/05/2020
| PHILIPPINES
by Bernardo Cervellera

The green light for the national security law, has saddened a large part of the Territory's population while the social networks on the mainland celebrate. The "war" between China and the USA, regardless of the rights of the local population. The law will stifle the catalytic function of Hong Kong towards China. Dreams of political and social reforms stopped by Xi Jinping. Doubts about the "China model": is freedom of trade possible without civil liberties?

| 29/05/2020
| CHINA - HONG KONG

The United Kingdom, Australia and Canada are also part of it. For these, the measure is contrary to the international commitments made by the Chinese government. USA and Great Britain threaten retaliation. European Union: Basic Law violated.

| 29/05/2020
| USA-EU-HONG KONG

Last Saturday, a man attacked the Saint Gregory the Illuminator Church in Galata, Istanbul’s oldest Armenian Apostolic church. For an Armenian member of the Turkish parliament, attacks against Christian places of worship continue. Hate speech by those in power is normalising criminal behaviour. Earlier this month, the door of another Armenian church was set on fire.

| 28/05/2020
| TURKEY

Taipei plans to offer humanitarian assistance to Hong Kong citizens. Japan and South Korea have expressed concern. The Chinese embassy in Seoul is the scene of protests. India and ASEAN members have not yet reacted.

| 28/05/2020
| ASIA – HONG KONG

The pandemic could wipe out millions of jobs, primarily in tourism (2.5 million out of 3.9). Also, at risk are manufacturing (25 per cent) and the services sector (43 per cent). Only the food and electronics sectors are spared. Koh Lan island is set to reopen for tourism on 1 June.

| 28/05/2020
| THAILAND
by P. Stanislaus (达尼老神父 )

A Chinese priest explains what fascinates Hong Kong's way of life: freedom of speech, of press, of religion, in short, what is lacking on mainland China. One of the rare public interventions of Chinese from the motherland to defend Hong Kong. On the very day the National People's Congress passed a national security law that threatens to destroy the liberal experience of the former British colony.

| 28/05/2020
| CHINA - HONG KONG
by Biju Veticad

On behalf of all Christian denominations, Card George Alencherry wrote to Kerala’s chief minister a few days ago, asking that worship resume in churches. But Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan refused fearing the spread of COVID-19.

| 28/05/2020
| INDIA

The Standing Committee of the Chinese "Parliament" will be able to give the final green light already at the end of June. The measure passed with 2878 votes in favor, one against and six abstentions. Hong Kong residents may be arrested for subversion, secession, terrorism and collaboration with foreign forces interfering in the affairs of the city.

| 28/05/2020
| CHINA - HONG KONG
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