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Zhu Fenglian, from the Taiwan Affairs Bureau, was slamming the new US arms sale in Taipei when she was asked an embarrassing question. Caught off guard, it took her several minutes to respond with “pre-packaged” answers. Taiwanese politician notes that Beijing has not yet considered the quasi war scenario, and its press officers cannot act independently.

| 29/10/2020
| CHINA – TAIWAN

In a telegram to the bishop of Nice, signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Pope Francis condemns “in the strongest possible way such violent acts of terror” and blesses “all those touched by the tragedy”. The pontiff is also praying “for people to look at each other again as brothers and sisters and not as enemies”.

| 29/10/2020
| VATICAN – FRANCE

More than 70 million voters are called to vote in three phases with official results announced on 10 November. The ruling coalition promises free vaccines for all in case of victory. The opposition focuses on jobs in one of India’s poorest states, badly affected by lockdowns. Distrust is strong among voters.

| 29/10/2020
| INDIA
by Shafique Khokhar

Demonstrations and protests over the  kidnapping of a thirteen-year-old Christian girl by a 44-year-old Muslim who forced her to convert and marry him. The authorities must respect the laws that protect minorities.

| 29/10/2020
| PAKISTAN

Russia wants to integrate the Eurasian Economic Union with China’s Belt and Road initiative to create a large geopolitical block in opposition to the one led by the US. Trade "de-dollarisation" will help resist US sanctions. However, Sino-Russian rivalry makes integration efforts harder whilst Beijing's presence in Central Asia is a source of dissatisfaction.

| 29/10/2020
| RUSSIA – CHINA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Principal Br. Joseph: the pandemic made St Catherine "respond positively and find solutions, so that the education of poor children continues".

| 29/10/2020
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Written by Vladimir Zobern, who has worked in the publishing sector of the Moscow Patriarchate since the 1970s. The book is inspired by the Letter of St. James (5.15). "Turning to earthly doctors, we must not forget the heavenly ones". The prayers concern the sick, but also healthcare workers, volunteers and those who sacrifice themselves to help "the country and the world". Buddhists and Muslims also have special invocations against the pandemic.

 

| 29/10/2020
| RUSSIA
by Paul Wang

The former founder of the Studentlocalism group is also accused of money laundering, because he had a bank account and a Paypal account of about 700,000 Hong Kong dollars. He is also accused of "conspiracy" for posting material on social media. The judges apply the new security law and a colonial-era law. Two other former members of the group, Yanni Ho and William Chan, face jail time.

| 29/10/2020
| HONG KONG-CHINA

Tensions build between Paris and Ankara. Charlie Hebdo publishes a new cartoon targeting Erdogan. The Turkish president presents himself as defender of the Muslims of France. Hocine Drouiche: problems can be solved with dialogue, no need for winds to fan the flames from "Turkey". In Indonesia the Nahdlatul Ulama calls for calm, while criticizing "extreme secularism".

| 29/10/2020
| FRANCE - TURKEY - ISLAM

The Senate, controlled by the premier's military allies, will be deprived of the power to elect the prime minister. However, democracy protesters want Prayuth's resignation and a review of the king's role. The former general ready to create a "reconciliation committee" to calm dissent.

| 29/10/2020
| THAILAND
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by Nirmala Carvalho
Bishop Machado: Violence against women and girls has become a chronic disease and a spiritual failure. Two days ago, two other 8 and 12-year-old girls were found dead with rape marks and eye injuries.
| 18/11/2020
| INDIA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
Lukashenko stated this in an interview on the Tut.by website yesterday. Protests against fraud in presidential elections exceede 100 consecutive days. Police continue arrests even in private homes. New economic sanctions are on the way against Belarusian ...
| 18/11/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The new cardinal of Brunei describes his Church and the mission that characterizes it based on education, friendship, the dialogue of life with people of other faiths. "We must not forget that the people here in Asia are hungry for God."
| 17/11/2020
| BRUNEI-VATICAN
 
by Fady Noun
Despite its limitations, Lebanon’s example provides a model for divided societies, like France torn between new secularism and Islamic religious extremism, and warring Armenia and Azerbaijan and the flight of a population in tears, forced to abandon ...
| 17/11/2020
| LEBANON – ARMENIA – FRANCE
 
by Ati Nurbaiti
Alert levels are up for Mount Merapi in Central Java and Sinabung in North Sumatra. Many towns and villages around the volcanoes have been evacuated, but some residents resist and continue to farm and tend to their livestock. For children, distance learning ...
| 16/11/2020
| INDONESIA
 
The "Report on the Holy See’s Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017) is published. Card. Parolin: "We publish the Report with sorrow for the wounds that this has caused to ...
| 11/11/2020
| VATICAN
 
The center hosts 76,000 refugees who have fled Syria due to the war. The international NGO has opened a center for the treatment of mild or moderate cases, with 30 beds available. Physical distancing and compliance with hygiene standards difficult. The ...
| 07/11/2020
| JORDAN - SYRIA
 
Fr. Lu Genjun, former vicar general of the diocese, also forcibly removed. The incident occurred only a short time after the renewal of the provisional agreement between China and the Vatican. The bishop of Baoding, Msgr. Giacomo Su Zhimin has been missing ...
| 06/11/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
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