» 05/06/2008, 00.00
VATICAN - CHINA
The concert of the Chinese orchestra at the Vatican
The China Philharmonic Orchestra of Beijing and the chorus of the Shanghai Opera will perform Mozart's Requiem and Chinese folk songs for Benedict XVI. Interpretations of the event abound: preparation for diplomatic relations; publicity by Beijing to improve its image, after the violence in Tibet and international criticism. It is clear that there is division within the Beijing leadership on questions of religious freedom.
08/05/2008 CHINA - VATICAN
Chinese websites on the concert of the Beijing orchestra for the pope
Many sites highlight the words of the pontiff, while others - the official ones - do not quote them at all. Some cite the pope's remarks to Chinese Catholics; all speak of a small step toward diplomatic relations.
07/05/2008 VATICAN - CHINA
Pope: an homage to Chinese culture, and to the "faithful" Catholics
Thanking the Chinese orchestra and chorus that performed Mozart's Requiem at the Vatican, Benedict XVI speaks of the Church's openness to all cultures, and of the value of religion. A reference to the Olympics.
03/05/2008 CHINA - TIBET
Beijing will have Tibetans carry the torch on Everest
The Chinese government confirms: among the 50 climbers who will carry the Olympic symbol to the roof of the world, there will also be Tibetans. The climb should begin on May 5, while envoys from the Dalai Lama are arriving in Beijing to find a "common solution" to the crisis of Tibet.
03/08/2008 VATICAN - CHINA
Benedict XVI's wishes for Beijing and the Olympics
The "cordial greetings" at today's Angelus might bring hope that a step forward has been made by China and the Vatican on the occasion of the Games. But many international Catholic websites are still blocked, while three bishops have disappeared, dozens are under house arrest, and a number of priests are in prison.
10/05/2008 CHINA - JAPAN
Hu's visit to Japan ends, without turmoil or serious disputes
The first visit abroad after the repression in Tibet served only to reaffirm the new "warm spring" between the two countries. Each has much to gain from the other, but they must overcome decades of accusations and mistrust.
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