10/13/2015CHINA September imports drop to under 20.4% Imports and exports drop for 11t h consecutive month. Fears for equity markets and Chinese markets. Analysts predict a massive government intervention to stem unemployment and declining purchasing power. Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - For the 11th consecutive month China’s import and export data has dropped. Incoming goods fell by 20.4% in September 2015, while outgoing lost 3.7 percentage points...
10/12/2015VATICAN Synod: accompanying families as Jesus did with the disciples in Emmaus Today, the work groups discussed the second part of the Instrumentum laboris. Some proposed a day of prayer and adoration for marriage and the family. Others suggested a "catechumenate as part of marriage preparation with witnesses, and not only experts. Participants mentioned Asia Bibi and Coptic martyrs. Questions about the final report and a letter by 13 cardinals to the pope were mentioned at the briefing.
10/12/2015NEPAL Nepal elects Communist Sharma Oli as prime minister by Christopher Sharma He stood against outgoing Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. During his campaign, he pledged to lead the country’s reconstruction following its recent earthquake and resolve the diplomatic and economic crisis with India. India and China sent congratulations.
10/12/2015CHINA Myanmar detains activist’s 16-year-old son on behalf of China Working with Myanmar authorities, China gets Bao Zhuoxuan as he tries to flee the country. His "fault" is that he is the son of Wang Yu, one of China’s foremost human rights lawyers. Meanwhile, the crackdown against China’s legal profession continues, but some members are still holding their head high, demanding justice in an open letter.
10/12/2015TAIWAN Taipei’s National Museum celebrates Jesuit artist Giuseppe Castiglione by Xin Yage To celebrate the 90 years since the founding of the museum, one of the world's most important, exhibit of Jesuit artist who served three emperors living 51 years in the Forbidden City. Ceramic work, based on his paintings, was given to Pope Francis for the start of his pontificate.
10/11/2015VATICAN – TURKEY Pope: Great sorrow over the "terrible massacre that occurred in Ankara, Turkey" During the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for a silent prayer in memory of the victims of the twin bombing in the Turkish capital that killed at least 95 deaths. Speaking about “Jesus’ three gazes with regards to ‘The Rich Man’ and the disciples, the pontiff said, “Money, pleasure, and success dazzle, but then let down”. Addressing “young people, young women and young men who are in the streets,” he asks, “Have you felt Jesus' gaze on you? What do you say to that?” He noted that this Tuesday, 13 October, is International Day for Disaster Reduction. Yesterday, he sent a telegram to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
10/10/2015TAIWAN 2016 Presidential elections: Taiwan’s opposition leader in Japan to seek support Tsai Ing-wen, who is the Democratic Progressive Party’s presidential candidate, met with Japanese government ministers, Prime Minister Abe’s younger brother as well as other sympathizers. Her victory in the election would pave the way for the resumption of diplomatic ties with Tokyo, analyst says. Taiwanese are dissatisfied with the ruling Kuomintang’s pro-Beijing trade policies.
10/09/2015CHINA China’s sluggish economy boosting strike actions and protests over wages In a report on the third quarter of 2015, the China Labour Bulletin shows, with figures and tables, the rising tide of labour protest, with almost 600 incidents. Contraction in manufacturing and unscrupulous employers are behind the trend. In some instances, this is taking an extreme turn. In the city of Jiaxing alone, three groups of workers commit suicide over a ten-day period.
10/07/2015HONG KONG Academic barred for being "a friend of Occupy Central" Johannes Chan Man-mun has been barred from the post of pro-vice-chancellor. Fr Gianni Criveller, PIME missionary in Hong Kong, gives his opinion on the matter. Yesterday, 2,000 students and teaching staff marched in silence through the HKU campus for their autonomy from China. "This is one of many episodes,” Criveller said. "From now until the 2017 elections, Beijing will make its presence felt more and more.” A second rally is scheduled on 9 October.
10/07/2015CHINA - UNITED STATES ‘Big Xi’ idolatry fails to dispel doubts about US visit by Willy Lam The Chinese leader’s visit to the United States and the United Nations did not produce concrete results. However, for Chinese media - and to some extent international media – it was a milestone. The president wanted to distract the average Chinese from the country’s economic problems. Although he partly succeeded, he did not bring home anything significant. What follows is an analysis by the great China expert, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
10/07/2015CHINA Beijing "100%" under control with cameras and sensors Proudly announced by municipal police: "No corners have escaped us". The "coverage" is part of a national policy called skynet: big cities will be all and always under the eye of the authorities. The dissidents protest "they speak of security, but it's just another way to control us all. "
10/06/2015ASIA - UNITED STATES Pacific free trade treaty signed, covering 40% of the world economy After five years of negotiations, the United States reaches deal with 11 other nations in the region on treaty which provides for the removal of trade barriers - including tariff - and adaptation of commercial standards. Obama: "We cannot allow the rules of the world economy to be set by China." Beijing welcomes "with caution" the news but does not join group.
10/06/2015CHINA Beijing’s pride over Nobel for Tu Youyou: Proves China’s progress In a letter sent to the scientist, the Premier Li Keqiang writes: "Tu's winning the prize signifies China's great contribution to the cause of human health." The researcher, never admitted in the Academy of Social Sciences, used traditional herbs to treat malaria. Rewarded with her Irish colleague William Campbell and Japanese colleague Satoshi Omura.