09/30/2014CHINA Need a driver's license, donate a pint of blood to the state In the city of Baoji, new regulations impose a "voluntary donation" of blood for municipal services. Soldiers and university students are urged to donate at least once a year. People react online. For one netizen, "donations should be voluntary". Others tell the authorities to remember country's health scandals. Beijing (AsiaNews) - New
regulations in a city in Shaanxi Province, due to come into effect next week,
"urge" first-year college students and serving soldiers to donate
blood at least once a year to the state.
want a driver's licence, a school...
09/30/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong Chief Executive calls for immediate end to protests. Occupy Central calls for his resignation by Paul Wang Day three of Occupy Central. Sit-ins extend to Yau Ma Tei and Des Voeux Road. Schools are still closed; 37 banks are closed. There is growing solidarity among population towards the demonstrators. Yesterday evening, tens of thousands of people were in the street. Last night in Mong Kok, a speeding car tried to crash into some of the demonstrators. Many commuters accept transport difficulties because they share the ideals of democracy. "Proud" to be Hong Kongers.
09/29/2014PHILIPPINES - UNITED STATES - South China Sea: Manila and Washington play war games against Beijing Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers begin 12-day joint military exercises today near Palawan Island, where Manila is involved in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing. Recently, the Philippines boosted its military presence in the area.
09/29/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong protests: police violence "a boomerang against the government" A Catholic source in the city tells AsiaNews that "police behaviour shocked people". Increasingly, Hongkongers want democracy. "Now the only way out is for Leung to resign" and open channels of communication." Protest turnout is increasing. Kowloon Peninsula is blocked.
09/29/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Day two of Occupy Central. Police violence comes under fire by Paul Wang The downtown streets are closed: Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay. In Kowloon, Nathan Road, Mong Kok and Argyle Street closed. Schools and banks closed. The teachers union joins the strike. Overnight police used batons, spray, tear gas to disperse protesters, who are demanding the resignation of Leung Chun-ying. Beijing slams the movement as "illegal".
09/28/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central launches civil disobedience. Solidarity with arrested students by Paul Wang The announcement was made at 1.45am by Benny Lai, one of the leaders. Supporters present include Card. Joseph Zen, the Catholic politician Martin Lee, the entrepreneur Jimmy Lai. Three students, one 17 years old, remain in detention without aby charge. The governor Leung Chun-ying refuses to meet with students. Fears of police raids. Demonstrations in nine cities in support of democracy in Hong Kong. Silence of Xinhua news agency.
09/27/2014HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong police arrest 50 students The student class boycott has culminated in clashes with security forces. Young people react peacefully, shouting: "No fear for civil disobedience". The authorities deny bail to one of the student leaders.
09/26/2014TIBET - CHINA Dalai Lama: A Conclave to choose my successor The leader of Tibetan Buddhism denies reports on the end of his lineage. "Gravely concerned" about Chinese interference in recognition of his heir, announces “similar selection process to that of popes of the Roman Catholic Church” or “written instructions” before he passes away.
09/25/2014HONG KONG - CHINA - TAIWAN Occupy Central issues 'manual of disobedience" to avoid provoking authorities in Hong Kong Pro-democracy group releases a manual on peaceful demonstrations. Participants are asked to bring what they need for due days, advises them on how to avoid violence. Beijing plans to send "observers" to monitor the sit-in on 1 October. In Taiwan, civil society groups warn that under mainland rule there will be no freedom.
09/25/2014CHINA New attacks in Xinjiang, 12 dead and over 100 injured The attacks targeted government buildings and police stations in the Bugur county. Chinese authorities blame separatists from the Uyghur minority, who have long complained of being subjected to ethnic discrimination, oppressive religious controls, and social boycott.
09/24/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central calls on Hongkongers to join in its "democracy banquet" on 1 October The chosen date is no accident. In mainland China, it marks the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. "While others celebrate [. . .], we will [. . .] push for Hong Kong's democracy," said Occupy Central founder Benny Tay. A survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong found that the government's popularity is at its lowest level since June 1995.
09/23/2014UNITED NATIONS - ASIA China and India snub climate summit at the United Nations Carbon emissions in China eclipse those of the United States and European Union combined, increasing by 4.5 per cent this year to reach 10.4 billion tonnes. In 2013, China burnt 3.7 billion tonnes of coal, and will burn even more in the future. The United Nations wants countries to offer "promises" of "specific action" on climate.