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  • 22/02/2018 - CHINA

    The new plane is designed to fly at a speed of more than 6,000 km/h. its design improves aerodynamics. The craft is also part of an hypersonic arms race, and a turning point in nuclear warheads delivery.




    21/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Lanzhou, official bishop commemorates his underground predecessor. With some difficulty (Video)

    by Baifa Yuqiao

    10 priests did not participate at Mass for the late Msgr. Yang Libo. With thousands of faithful they accuse the present bishop, ordained in the underground community, of having sought governmental recognition without sharing this with his community. The authorities forcibly removed the inscription on the tombstone on Msgr. Yang’s grave, which recorded the periods he spent in prison because of the faith (almost 30 years). The difficulties of reconciliation.


    21/02/2018 - MALDIVES - INDIA - CHINA

    State of emergency scuppers tourism, Chinese and Indian warships nearby


    The Parliament extended the measure for another 30 days. Tour operators cancel hotel and flight reservations. The crisis is part of the regional power struggle between Beijing and Delhi.


    21/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA-RUSSIA

    The Ostpolitik of today and the 'outgoing' Church (III)

    by Stefano Caprio*

    The collapse of Soviet communism gave reason to the Vatican political choices in opening up to Russia and Eastern Europe. The new Ostpolitik announces a new world without geographic or confessional delineations. Pope Francis pushes the Church towards the peripheries and towards the high sea, as St. John Paul II had hoped. Part III of an expert analysis.


    20/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Dear Chinese bishops, where is the measure of your heart?

    by Joseph*

    A young Catholic from the official community, appreciates the lucidity and the realism of Msgr. Guo Xijin (underground bishop), and doubts the style of other underground or official bishops, such as Msgr. Han Zhihai and Wei Jingyi. A meditation on the joys and sorrows of the Chinese faithful in front of the so-called "imminent" agreement between China and the Vatican.


    20/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA-RUSSIA

    Criticism of Ostpolitik, persecution and dissent (II)

    by Stefano Caprio*

    Paul VI consistently defended Vatican overtures to the USSR, although they scandalized many in the Church. Benevolent politics did not stop persecutions, which instead intensified. But a form of ecumenical and cultural resistance was born and was lived by Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox in the concentration camps. Part Two of an expert analysis.


    19/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Underground Catholic: We are excluded from dialogue between China and the Holy See

    by John

    Catholics of the unofficial Church complain that the "imminent" agreement between Rome and Beijing on the appointment of bishops forgets all the persecutions that the Christian communities are subject to.  A criticism also to Msgr. Giuseppe Wei Jingyi, who - according to the author - is "underground” in name but not in nature. The repentant bishops show "repentance" only in private, but continue government policy in public.


    19/02/2018 - VATICAN-RUSSIA-CHINA

    The old and new Ostpolitik of the Holy See (I)

    by Stefano Caprio*

    The Vatican’s latest openings to China resemble the path traced by the old Ostpolitik of Card. Agostino Casaroli. Then as now, the Holy See’s moves have provoked and provoke disagreements, criticism and charges of forgetting the persecuted Church and human rights violations. Casaroli himself had doubts about his effectiveness, although he was eager to implement the dimension of dialogue, rediscovered with the Second Vatican Council. Part One.


    17/02/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN

    The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!

    by John Mok Cit Wai

    In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by John Mok Cit Wai.


    16/02/2018 - NEPAL

    China’s friend KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal’s prime minister


    Oli leads the Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist. He began his political career in the 1970s. During that time, he spent 14 years in prison for his opposition to the Hindu monarchy. Now he has pledged to work for peace, stability and development.


    16/02/2018 - TAIWAN - CHINA

    Tsai Ing-wen and Xi Jinping celebrate Lunar New Year differently

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The Taiwanese president prayed in a Buddhist ceremony for quake victims and visited Taoist temples, greeting the population and handing out red envelopes. The Chinese president welcomed the New Year with 2,000 guests, business people and Party officials, in the Great Hall of the People. Taiwan’s vice president met with earthquake victims in Hualien.


    15/02/2018 - CHINA

    The Xi Jinping faction dominates regional appointments

    by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    After getting his “Thoughts” consecrated in the constitutions of the state and the party, Xi Jinping places his "allies and cronies" in important roles, marking the rise to power of the stars of the Sixth Generation. Yet, no legitimate heir is waiting in the wings, although one could emerge at the next Congress, in 2022. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    15/02/2018 - CHINA

    Chinese New Year to usher in the Year of the Dog


    Migrants go home making up to 2.98 billion trips by train, bus, or motorcycle. Some 380 million travellers are expected with Thailand and Malaysia as the favourite foreign destinations. Many are hoping for a heavy red envelope. Fireworks have been banned.


    14/02/2018 - CHINA

    Another Party boss, Lu Wei, expelled. Prisons for corrupt VIPs overflowing


    Lu Wei was head of internet security and deputy director of the Party's propaganda department. He is accused of having " did whatever it took to build personal fame", and also of having created cliques in the Party. Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign has Qincheng prison filled to the brim with many of his personal enemies.


    13/02/2018 - CHINA

    Pollution, smog up around Shanghai and Hong Kong


    Tighter controls in Beijing drive factories south. China’s average PM2.5 emissions is 64 micrograms per cubic metre, more than six times the acceptable level set by the World Health Organisation.


    13/02/2018 - CHINA

    Former Chongqing party boss Sun Zhengcai accused of corruption


    He was a member of the Politburo and touted as Xi Jinping’s successor. His trial will take place in Tianjin, where Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua were tried. Both belonged to groups not in step with Xi.


    10/02/2018 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Chinese Church preparing to celebrate 60th anniversary of 'independent' episcopal ordinations

    by Li Zhao

    The first "independent" ordination was that of Bishop Bernardino Dong Guangqing, which took place in 1958. The director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, Wang Zuoan, reiterated the independence of China’s Catholic Church and the self-ordination of its bishops. The goals are sinicisation and subordination to the Communist Party. Is a China-Vatican agreement possible by March?


    09/02/2018 - CHINA – UNITED STATES

    Beijing taking steps to avert a possible trade war with Washington


    State Councillor Yang Jiechi met Rex Tillerson. High level talks could resume.  The threat of new duties on Chinese exports to the US looms over the horizon. The US, Japan and Europe are frustrated.


    08/02/2018 - CHINA

    Shaanxi: 12-year-old girl sells her hair to buy a smartphone and contact her migrant mother


    The little He Jingling is one of the 61 million children "left behind" by their parents, who go to the cities to work. Her grandparents can earn 921 euros a year. At least 40 million children marked by "relative poverty". Xi Jinping promised to eradicate it by 2020.


    07/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA

    Msgr. Sanchez Sorondo in Wonderland

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences exalts China as the best implementer of the Churches’ social doctrine. The bishop seems oblivious to the shantytowns of Beijing and Shanghai, the expulsion of migrants, oppression of religious freedom. Appreciation for the Paris Climate Agreement, but silence on the links between wealth, corruption and pollution. An ideological approach that makes a laughing stock of the Church.


    07/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA

    Msgr. Sanchez Sorondo: China, the best implementer of the social doctrine of the Church


    The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, back from a trip to Beijing, exalts China as a country where the "common good" is the primary value; where "there are no slums" or drugs, where the environment is respected. Not like the United States of Donald Trump. "Many meeting points" between China and the Vatican.


    06/02/2018 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    Occupy Central leaders released with a 'warning'


    Today's ruling overturns that of August, but promises harsher penalties for "future offenders". For Wong, there's nothing to celebrate. The court’s decision is a "a sugar-coated severe case".


    06/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Card. Zen: Do not manipulate Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter

    by Card. Joseph Zen

    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong comments on some statements and publications of the past few days, after the declaration of the Vatican press office on the "presumed difference of thought and action between the Holy Father and his collaborators in the Roman Curia on issues relating to China". The accusation of Card. Zen: the Letter of Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics is only partially quoted. Comfort to the faithful of the underground communities forced "to enter the lion’s cage".


    03/02/2018 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Young people: first victims of Beijing’s new religious regulations

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Since February 1, many parishes in Shanxi and Inner Mongolia have been ordered not to hold camps for young people, close to the Chinese New Year. Private religious gatherings also banned in schools and universities. Attempts to stop religious growth among young people.


    02/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou

    by Padre Pietro

    A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".


    02/02/2018 - LEBANON-ISRAEL

    'Block 9': new front in Israeli-Lebanese confrontation

    by Pierre Balanian

    The threats of Avigdor Liebermann and the affirmations of Michel Aoun. Protected maritime drilling for the exploitation of gas and oil in the eastern Mediterranean. According to the UN maps, 860 sq km belong to Lebanon, but Israel does not agree. Smoke bombs on Lebanese beaches; Israeli lookouts encroach on the territorial waters of Lebanon. Hezbollah used as a deterrent. For Israeli strategists, a war against Beirut is too risky.


    02/02/2018 - HONG KONG-CHINA

    Occupy Central leaders nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

    by Paul Wang

    They are Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. They are the first Hong Kong personalities to be nominated for the prize and among the youngest. Praised for their nonviolent and peaceful commitment to human rights in the territory. The power of Beijing against the prize.


    01/02/2018 - TAIWAN – VATICAN

    Taiwanese lawmakers seek audience with Pope Francis


    Five Taiwanese politicians plan to visit the Vatican, Italy and Greece. They are concerned that the possible recognition of unlawful bishops might lead to a diplomatic crisis. The People's Republic of China and the Vatican differ on many things, especially religious freedom, says Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anna Kao.


    31/01/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Celebrations as Msgr. Shao Zhumin returns to Wenzhou (Video)


    He had been in the hands of the police for seven months. Pressure exerted to make him join the Patriotic Association.






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    BANGLADESH
    Snehonir, the 'house of tenderness' for the disabled (photos)



    Founded 25 years ago by Shanti Rani Sisters and PIME missionaries in Rajshahi, the facility is open to the mentally and physically disabled, deaf, blind, orphans, poor, and abandoned. The guiding principle is to start them in life.


    KOREA
    Defeated on ice, but 'first' in history, joint Korean hockey team players hug



    After losing to Sweden in their last match, the Korean team ends up in seventh place. Players burst into tears at their imminent separation. "Politicians made that executive decision [to have a joint team]. Our players and staff are the ones that made it work,” said the team’s proud Canadian coach. One South Korean athlete hopes the country is proud of them. "It was bigger than hockey."


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