11/25/2015CHINA Xinjiang government claims some Party members support Uyghur terrorists Charge laid by Xu Hairong, regional anti-corruption chief, certain that some high ranking members "promote violent terrorist attacks" in the region with special status, to maintain economic benefits. "Some Party officials do not believe in Marxism but in ghosts." Over the last two months clashes have increased between Beijing and the Muslim minority. Police killed more than 40 "terrorists" in one week. Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Some members of the Communist Party would support the terrorist bombings that have taken place in recent months in Xinjiang, the Special Administrative Region in northwest China. This is the...
11/24/2015ASIA-UN UN report: the United States, China and India, the countries most affected by climate disasters Data from UN study for reducing the risk of disasters. Between 1995 and 2015 there were 6,547 natural disasters; the greatest damage caused by floods, storms, heat waves and droughts; floods are frequent weather events; 606 thousand people have died and 4.1 billion others have been injured, made homeless or left living in need. UNICEF study indicates that there are 690 million children at risk, of which 530 million in Asia.
11/23/2015CHINA Beijing discovers 125 billion dollars in “grey capital” In April, the People's Bank began a crackdown on illegal money transfers abroad. In recent months, the illegal flow has increased, damaging the yuan, reducing the amount available for domestic lending and putting increased pressure on interest rates. To stem the tide, the authorities pledge to impose greater controls and restrict the channels by which money can leave the country.
11/23/2015JAPAN Tokyo: explosion at Yasukuni,focal point of Japanese patriotism An explosion damaged the bathrooms of the shrine where Japanese honor the heroes of the Second World War. No deaths or injuries. Some of the fallen venerated there are considered war criminals by the international community, and especially China and the two Koreas.
11/22/2015VATICAN Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/21/2015UNITED NATIONS UN Security Council agrees to “take all necessary measure” against the Islamic State Adopted unanimously, UN resolution 2249 urges UN members to "redouble" action against terrorism but does not include Chapter VII to authorise the use of force. In Belgium, authorities issue an "imminent threat” warning in Brussels, urging people to stay away from crowded areas. The city’s metro system is closed until Sunday.
11/20/2015PHILIPPINES - JAPAN - TAIWAN Manila, Tokyo and Taipei reinforce anti-Beijing axis in South China Sea Philippine President Aquino has advanced a formal request for aid of Japanese Navy patrol boats. In case of agreement, for the first time the Land of the Rising Sun will provide military support to another country. Meanwhile, the Philippines and Taiwan reach consensus on peaceful resolution of territorial disputes.
11/18/2015ASIA – UNITED STATES – APEC South China Sea feuds to overshadow economic issues at APEC summit Manila and Hanoi boost strategic partnership against Beijing, calling it a “new era of cooperation” between the two nations. Stressing the importance of maritime issues, Obama stressed that he would not leave such a strategic region in Chinese hands. Thailand wants to promote small businesses and the sufficiency economy model.
11/18/2015CHINA Xinjiang: 17 Uighur "terrorists" killed, women and children included Chinese military raid cave where wanted suspects were hiding. The latter had been on the run for almost two months on suspicion of masterminding a terror attack in a coalmine that killed 50 people. In what appears to be more Chinese heavy-handedness against ethnic Muslims, the dead include the terrorists’ relatives: four women and three children.
11/17/2015MONGOLIA – CHINA Mongolia, union leader sets himself on fire to protest sale of coal industry to China “The government no longer supports our company, families of the workers are forced to starve,” said the unnamed man. “This is why I will burn myself for the people of Mongolia and our children.” China already buys more than 90 percent of Mongolia's exports, mainly of coal and copper, and 49 percent of foreign companies registered in Mongolia are Chinese.