06/03/2015CHINA Tiananmen’s legacy: after 26 years, participants still in prison for human rights Some 30 activists, writers, and journalists – some famous like Liu Xiaobo, others unknown workers – remain committed to what they began in Tiananmen Square. For this reason, the Chinese government continues to subdue them through imprisonment, torture, dismissal, and internment in psychiatric hospitals. Despite the passage of time, Tiananmen’s wounds and ideals are still alive. Beijing (AsiaNews) – Twenty-six years ago, during the night between 3 and 4 June 1989, the People’s “Liberation” Army terminated a movement of about a million students and workers who occupied Tiananmen Square for over a...
06/03/2015CHINA Hopes vanish of finding survivors of the sunken cruiser amid mounting protests There are only 14 survivors. The Transport Minister Yang Chuantang says "as long as there's even a little hope, we will give it 100% and will absolutely not give up " search of sunken ship. Relatives of the missing accused the shipping company and the Shanghai authorities of having abandoned them without giving any information.
06/02/2015CHINA Passenger ship sinks in the Yangtze with more than 440 people missing The Dongfangzhixing left Nanjing for Chongqing. Near the Jianli section (Hubei Province), it capsized for reasons still unknown, perhaps a tornado. Out of 458 people on board, only 13 have been rescued, including the ship’s captain and chief engineer who were detained by the police for questioning.
06/02/2015SOUTH KOREA – CHINA Seoul and Beijing sign "historic" free trade agreement The Free Trade agreement cuts tariffs by 90 per cent over the coming 20 years. Greater access to China’s markets could create more than 50,000 jobs in South Korea. In a letter to her Chinese counterpart, South Korea’s president calls that the agreement a “historic milestone” in relations between the two countries.
06/01/2015CHINA Beijing bans smoking in public places In China about 300 million people smoke, and each year one million die from tobacco-related diseases. Cigarettes can cost less than a dollar a pack, and smoking is considered almost like breathing. Offenders now will be fined, named and shamed on a government website.
06/01/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong’s pan-democrats united against Beijing’s reforms After a long meeting with representatives from mainland China, Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers announced they would veto plans for political reform that fails to grant real universal suffrage. The vote is expected in June.
06/01/2015VIETNAM - US - CHINA Washington showers millions on Hanoi to buy military vessels and counter China Ash Carter, head of the Pentagon, announces the dispatch of a first tranche of 18 million euro. It is the second trip to Asia in a few months, confirming Washington’s interest in the Asia-Pacific region. Strategic partnership being considered between the US and Vietnam, once great rivals.
05/29/2015SOUTH KOREA – UZBEKISTAN Tashkent and Seoul agree to boost bilateral economic ties The two countries will closely cooperate in various economic fields, including technology, health care and security. Uzbekistan will create a favorable environment for South Korean companies. The latter will combine their expertise with Uzbek natural resources. Uzbekistan is ready to support Seoul’s peace plans vis-à-vis North Korea and back its railway project to Europe.
05/29/2015MALAYSIA - HONG KONG Kuala Lumpur: No entry visas for Hong Kong pro-democracy activists
Malaysian authorities arrested Hong Kong lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung at Penang International Airport to prevent him from taking part in a forum on the Tiananmen crackdown. After a brief detention, he was repatriated. Joshua Wong, a major figure in the Occupy Central movement, suffered the same fate a few days earlier. “We do not want him to jeopardise our ties with China,” said Malaysian police chief.
05/28/2015CHINA China celebrates one million millionaires According to figures from Bain & Company, China had 1.04 million millionaires at the 2014, an increase of 330,000 compared to 2012. Another study predicts that Asia will become the centre of billionaire growth.