24/02/2017 - MYANMAR – CHINA
Some angry 300 workers destroyed machinery and held captive seven Chinese workers for a few hours over the sacking of a fellow worker. Strikes over low wages are increasing. Many in Myanmar are impatient with China’s economic “colonisation”.
23/02/2017 - CHINA
Beijing, army veterans protest: abandoned by the government
Since yesterday thousands have been protesting in front of the Party offices in the biggest demonstration since October. Promises made and not kept, "We have nothing, are in poverty and distress." Arrests and violence in Liulihe, Aiminjie, Datong, Luliang and Harbin.
22/02/2017 - HONG KONG
Hong Kong’s former chief executive Donald Tsang sentenced to 20 months in prisonby Paul Wang
He was accused of getting a HK$ 50 million flat in exchange for a radio license. Some 40 character witnesses came to his defence. The family will appeal.
21/02/2017 - ASIA
Annual profits of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks down by 62%by Paul Wang
The cause is "volatile financial conditions", including the US and Brexit. The greater part of the profit comes from operations in Asia. Hang Seng in Hong Kong drop by 41%.
20/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN
Funeral of Mgr Casimir Wang Milu: full of love for God and the poorby Elizabeth Li
Thousands of people, along with scores of priests and some underground bishops, took part in the funeral. He had spent ten years in prison.
18/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN
Chinese Catholic: the power to appoint bishops belongs only to the Churchby Baoluo Jiaoyou (保罗教友)
Criticism of Card. Tong’s proposal to allow the Chinese government the function to appoint bishops in some way. In the proposed agreement between China and the Holy See, the latter would only have a veto power - not conclusive - on the proposed candidates.
17/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN
Lay faithful comment on Card. John Tong’s article on China-Holy See relations: Overly optimisticby Wang Zhicheng
The bishop of Hong Kong is too optimistic. The Patriotic Association is the stumbling block that controls the Church on behalf of the government. Compromise is possible, but the Church will be without commitment for justice and human rights. The underground Church is now a minority.
16/02/2017 - CHINA
Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang charged with 'inciting subversion of state power'by Wang Zhicheng
Wang is one of 300 lawyers arrested during the ‘709 crackdown’ in July 2015. He has been held incommunicado and in solitary confinement, subjected to torture.
16/02/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN
Chinese priest: The life of the faithful is the same with or without China-Holy See agreementsby Shan Ren Shen Fu
The majority of Chinese faithful have no interest in China-Vatican dialogue. They are not affected by the Patriotic Association. This is a mere instrument of government policy.
15/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN
Chinese priests: changing the essence of the Patriotic Association is a vain hope
Card John Tong’s article on the future of Sino-Vatican dialogue continues to make waves. For one underground priest, the article encourages them to join the Patriotic Association. For an official priest, the Chinese government retains the authority to appoint bishops. Both clergymen believe that there is no difference between "full freedom" and "necessary freedom". The bishop of Shanghai stands as a bitter example.
15/02/2017 - CHINA
Eight die in Xinjiang knife attack.
The three attackers killed by Chinese security forces. Five other people injured in the attack. Suspicion falls on Islamic Uighur separatists.
15/02/2017 - CHINA
Father of three forced to undergo vasectomy
Even after the change of the one child law, the forced sterilization campaigns continue to affect Chinese citizens.
14/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN
Mgr Casimir Wang Milu, retired bishop of Tianshui, has diedby Elizabeth Li
The underground bishop spent ten years in prison. In 2003 he was suspended by the Holy See. He was admitted to hospital in late January. The funeral should take place this Saturday, 18 February.
14/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN
Doubts and indifference among Chinese Catholics toward Card Tong’s articleby Taxiang Lüren (他乡旅人)
Chinese Catholic websites did not publish the article. Many believers think that nothing will change. Card Tong “has tried not to offend the Chinese government". Whilst showing concern for the situation of the faithful, "he did not speak about the hard and demanding life of the Church". After the Ninth Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives, some priests expect "chaos" for the Church in China. One scholar offers his thoughts on the matter.
14/02/2017 - UN-NORTH KOREA
UN, China and Russia condemn Pyongyang missile tests
The UN secretary general’s condemnation and an invitation to China and the US to work together. Beijing and Moscow ask to avoid "provocative" moves such as joint military exercises and missile Thaad system. Even the Korean bishops opposed to Thaad.
13/02/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN
Richard Madsen: In China-Holy See dialogue, Beijing wants to destroy, or at least weaken the Churchby Richard Madsen
According to the famous sociologist of religion in China, there may be "converging interests" between Beijing and the Vatican, as to lead to an agreement on the appointment of bishops. But the hopes of the Chinese Church are different. Never talk about "agreement" before an official announcement.
13/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN
Card. Tong’s article: only hopes for China-Holy See talks. Liu Bainian’s cold showerby Sergio Ticozzi
13/02/2017 - KOREA
Washington, Tokyo and Seoul call for UN emergency meeting after North Korea missile launch
The missile traveled 500 km before falling into the Sea of Japan. "Great satisfaction" of Kim Jong-un. Shinzo Abe: "Intolerable". Trump: US "100%" close to Japan. China, Pyongyang's only ally, remains silent.
11/02/2017 - CHINA – KOREA
Scores of Protestant missionaries from S Korea arrested and expelled
At least 32 have been expelled. Four more were arrested in recent days. They helped defectors from North Korea. In the past, local authorities turned a blind eye on their activities; now they forcefully apply rules on religious activities. Beijing is retaliating against Seoul’s decision to deploy THAAD.
10/02/2017 - CHINA
Liu Xia’s call to friends raises questions about her health
Liu Xiaobo’s wife has been under house arrest since 2010, controlled and threatened by the authorities. This has led to depression. She “has no vitality left in her,” friend says.
10/02/2017 - CHINA-US
First "friendly" phone call between Trump and Xi Jinping. "One China" reaffirmedby Wang Zhicheng
The two have decided to work together in areas of "mutual interest". Reaffirming the principle of the one China defuses a source of unrest and possible wars. The conversation took place a few hours after the arrival of Shinzo Abe in the US.
09/02/2017 - TURKEY – CHINA – UNITED STATES
CIA chief in Turkey to discuss Syrian conflict and Islamic State
Forty-eight hours after Trump and Erdoğan spoke, Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit in Turkey. Washington and Ankara are trying to restore relations after the tensions of recent years. The extradition of Islamic preacher Gülen is an obstacle. Trump sends letter to Xi Jinping expressing hope for "constructive" relations between Beijing and Washington.
09/02/2017 - CHINA – EUROPE
For China, Europe is the new Africaby G. M. Mazzacani*
China has gone from the "world’s workshop" to "the world’s market" thanks to a development model centred on high value-added production and domestic consumption stimulated by higher wages. The shift of economic power from West to East could be an opportunity.
09/02/2017 - VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismayby Bernardo Cervellera
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
09/02/2017 - HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of viewby Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
08/02/2017 - CHINA
Criticism and suspicion over a Christian theme park opened in Mao Zedong’s birthplace in Hunan
The site was inaugurated during the spring festival. It covers 15 hectares and its highlight is the 80-metre church. Local authorities allegedly sponsored the construction.
08/02/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA
As Vatican defends China over organ trafficking, Huang Jiefu says he plays no diplomatic role
Conference participants criticise China, claiming it hides trafficking in prisoners’ organs. ““Are they doing any illegal transplantation of organs in China? We can’t say. But we want to strengthen the movement for change,” said Mgr Sánchez Morondo. Huang was invited to the Vatican only as transplant expert. Some suspect that the Holy See wants to ingratiate itself with Beijing to continue their dialogue.
07/02/2017 - CHINA
Richard Madsen: The "Chinese dream" of Xi Jinping passes through control over religions - Part Five
The nationalist idea of Xi Jinping is close to that of Donald Trump ( "make a great new China", "make America great again"). The faithful of the religions have an opportunity to change society, but beginning from their personal environments. Chinese nationalism clashes with globalization and international relations.
07/02/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN
Former Chinese Minister to speak today at the Vatican on organ trafficking
A Chinese delegation is participating in a summit organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. For a long time and with so many tests, China has been accused of feeding the trafficking of organs harvesting them from the bodies of executed prisoners, even without their permission. From 2015 in China a law admits only voluntary donations, but the figures between donors and transplants do not correspond.
06/02/2017 - CHINA
Richard Madsen: China is a religious country. 85% have some belief - Part Four
People are led to believe by social insecurity and political. Many Communist Party members live their faith in secret, even though they are forbidden. The government emphasizes its stability because instead there is a potential instability and the people are very worried. The considerations of Prof. Madsen, a sociologist of religions at the University of San Diego.
04/02/2017 - TIBET - CHINA
Tibetan musician freed after four years in prison for his patriotic songs
After a brief period on the run he was arrested in 2012. Tibetans joy at singer’s release. He had written songs in honor of the Dalai Lama. Monk also freed.
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