07/30/2015CHINA Zhejiang: 16 Protestants opposed to cross demolition detained Believers and clergymen are held “on suspicion of ‘running an illegal business,’ ‘obstructing official duty,’ and ‘running secret accounting procedures’”. For their lawyer, the charges are “random stuff” when the real reason is “they refused to allow the cross to be taken down”. Wenzhou (AsiaNews) – Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang arrested 16 Protestant believers and clergymen “on suspicion of ‘running an illegal business,’ ‘obstructing official duty,’ and ‘running secret accounting procedures’,” a lawyer for the church members told Radio Free Asia.
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07/28/2015CHINA-HONG KONG China shares continue to fall, despite the assurances of the government After the big crash yesterday (-8.5%), the Shanghai stock market lost 1% today; Shenzhen 1.3%. At least 900 companies have withdrawn from trading after losing 10%. The central bank of China promised to inject 50 billion yuan in the money market, but the production figures do not favour optimism.
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the Jesuit priest, the two Orthodox bishops and all those who have been kidnapped, calling on all present to join him in the recitation of a Hail Mary. Joined by the presence of two young people, he opens registration for WYD in Krakow and registers himself as teh first pilgrim online with a tablet. Commenting on today's Gospel: "Who among us does not have his" five loaves and two fish "? If we are willing to put them in the hands of the Lord, they will be a bit more love in the world to go around".
07/24/2015CHINA Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions by Joseph Yuan This is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
07/24/2015CHINA Beijing: industrial output in July is the worst in 15 months Despite June’s limited rebound, the manufacturing index has dropped again this month. For the fifth consecutive month, the figure is below the threshold of contraction. Beijing had set growth for April-June at 7 per cent but analysts estimate that it will be around 5 per cent.
07/24/2015TIBET - CHINA Tibetan political prisoner dies after 14 months in custody He was held in prison for his role in protests against a Chinese gold mine. Local sources said he had been tortured since his detention. Two other village men were sentenced to two years in jail for their roles in protests. None of the relatives and friends of Lobsang Yeshi was allowed to see his body.
07/23/2015CHINA Stock Market Crash: Communist Party shielding the country’s “red aristocracy”, not its people by Willy Lam China’s recent stock market crisis has exposed the flaws in President Xi Jinping’s economic policies. Party-controlled media have praised government leaders, but analysts and experts view large-scale government interventions as a “step backward”. The crisis needs urgent political reform, which the party has rejected so far. What follows is an analysis by a great China expert, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
07/23/2015ASIA PIME in China: new men in new facilities by Piero Gheddo The mission in China is possible. It should focus more on educational facilities. Old and new martyrs offer a role model. Here is a commented review of a letter the PIME superior general sent out to his confreres after a trip to China.
07/23/2015MYANMAR - CHINA Myanmar sentences 153 Chinese illegal loggers to life imprisonment The group were arrested in January in Kachin state, close to the Chinese border. More than 400 vehicles and 1,600 logs were seized during the raid. China has expressed concern about the severity of the sentences. Life sentences in Myanmar usually last 20 years.
07/23/2015CHINA Dissident artist Ai Weiwei gets his passport back, can travel to Germany and Great Britain by Wang Zhicheng Ai, who had criticized the organization of the Olympics and violence against migrants, had referred to Communist Party leaders as "gangster". Therefore, he was accused of tax evasion, currency smuggling, and pornography, but was never tried. Beijing’s decision is a ploy to appease public opinion in Europe before Xi Jinping’s visit in October.