23/09/2017 - CHINA – NORTH KOREA
Following last week’s UN sanctions, China will restrict oil exports on 1st October and suspend textile imports on 30 September. Meanwhile, petrol prices have gone by 20 per cent. Workers’ Party and military stage rallies in support of Kim Jong-un's statement against the US and Trump.
22/09/2017 - CHINA
S&P’s downgrade of China’s sovereign debt angers Beijing
China’s sovereign credit goes from AA- to A after “a prolonged period of strong credit growth”. The downgrade could make it costlier for Chinese companies and government to borrow money on international markets. China’s Finance Ministry calls it the “wrong decision”.
20/09/2017 - US-KOREA-UN
Trump threatens the 'total destruction' of North Korea. Silence from Seoul and Tokyo
Veiled criticism of China, Pyongyang's ally. The irony of Chinese newspapers. An attack on North Korea would hit the South, Japan, and the North Asia region.
19/09/2017 - INDONESIA
Anti-Communist protests are designed to create problems for the presidentby Mathias Hariyadi
"Spreading rumours and falsehoods on social media about the rebirth of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) is nonsense, a fantasy," said historian Asvi Marwan Adam of the Indonesian Science Institute (LIPI). The goal is to make Jokowi less popular and crate frictions with religious leaders, especially those of the Nahdlatul Ulama.
15/09/2017 - CHINA
China’s economy slowing down again
In the second half of the year growth will be 6.7. In the first half, it was 6.9. Next year it should drop some more, to 6 per cent, the lowest level in 30 years. This stems from lower industrial output and less credit.
15/09/2017 - KOREA
Pyongyang launches another missile over Japan
An open response to sanctions decided by the UN. Yesterday, North Korea threatened to destroy Japan and reduce the United States into "ash". Critics of China and Russia who still support the North’s economy. Emergency meeting of the Security Council.
14/09/2017 - CHINA – UNIED STATES
NGO coalition asks US to impose sanctions on Chinese security officials for Cao Shunli’s torture and death
The dissident died in jail four years ago. She had been tortured and denied medical care. Deputy Public Security Minister Fu Zhenghua and Beijing’s Municipal Public Security Bureau deputy head Tao Jing stand accused.
12/09/2017 - CHINA
Wang Zuoan: foreign religions are “infiltrating” and threatening Chinaby Wang Zhicheng
The head of the Religious Affairs Bureau defends new regulations on religious activities. Religious discussions on the internet and "illegal" religious meetings represent a “danger”.
12/09/2017 - UN-KOREA
UN, new sanctions for Pyongyang, also backed by Russia and China
The US draft “watered-down": only 30% of North's petroleum, textiles and work exports cut. No freezing of Kim Jong-un's foreign accounts. For Pyongyang, the US is "a thirsty animal". Seoul excludes the return of US nuclear warheads.
11/09/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN
New regulations on religions: Annihilate underground communities, suffocate official communitiesby Bernardo Cervellera
Few articles added to the draft. Religions viewed not as the "opium" but the "plague" of peoples. Spasmodic control at all levels of political power of official religions. Massive fines for members of unofficial communities. Seizure and closure of "illegal sites" by the State. Expulsions from schools for "proselytism" activities.
11/09/2017 - CHINA-TAIWAN
Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh 'guilty' of subversion
Trail underway in Yueyang (Hunan). Huge security measures. Lee maintained contact with civil society groups in China, sharing Taiwan's "democratic experiences" with them. His wife present at the trial.
09/09/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN
Mgr Peter Shao Zhumin under guard in a Beijing hospitalby Bernardo Cervellera
He underwent an ear operation. He was banned from attending the funeral of an elderly witness to the faith, Fr John Wang, who spent 12 years of in a prison camp. The bishop’s secretary was also taken to prevent him from attending Fr Wang’s funeral.
08/09/2017 - UNITED STATES – CHINA
Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui asks asylum in the US
On the run since 2014, he fears Beijing’s retribution. The Chinese government wants the tycoon arrested. Guo is under investigation in China for corruption, kidnapping, fraud, money laundering and rape. He denies the charges, which he claims are politically motivated. No extradition treaty exists between the US and China. His tourist visa in the US will expire by the end of the year.
07/09/2017 - TAIWAN-CHINA
Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh arrested in China to be put on trial
Lee shared Taiwan's "democratic experiences" with civil society groups in China. He was held in isolation by police for 170 days. His wife launches an international campaign for her release.
07/09/2017 - CHINA-US-KOREA
Xi Jinping and Trump in joint condemnation of Pyongyang nuclear test
The nuclear test is "a provocative and destabilizing action", "dangerous to the world" and is not in Pyongyang's best interests. North Ambassador to the UN: The test is "a gift package to the US". Four more Thaad anti-missile launchers installed, angering Beijing and Moscow.
06/09/2017 - CHINA
Hundreds of goats die in Shandong from pesticides
The animals ate onions exposed to an illegal toxic chemical. The same spring onions were also sold to the public.
04/09/2017 - CHINA – ITALY
Chinese fleeing to Italy so as not to give up their religious faith
04/09/2017 - KOREA-ASIA
Global reactions to the 'earthquake' of Pyongyang's nuclear test.
UN Security Council convokes emergency meeting for this afternoon. Yesterday’s hydrogen almost 10 times stronger than the previous one. North Korea celebrates "perfect success". Seoul and Tokyo demand maximum increase in sanctions to bring Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table. Military exercises with missiles in the south. Threats to military operations by the US. For some analysts, the aim is to provoke China's embarrassment.
01/09/2017 - VIETNAM – CHINA
Chinese ships attack Vietnamese fishermenby Hoang Chau
Over the last two years, more than 4,000 Vietnamese fishing boats have been attacked, many sunk, in Vietnamese waters. The Church backs the fishermen’s protest. More than 7,000 Catholics in Vinh diocese marched to Kỳ Anh. The disputes over the territorial claims of the two countries are intensifying. China claims 85 per cent of the South China Sea.
01/09/2017 - CHINA
The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is set for 18 Octoberby Wang Zhicheng
Xi Jinping is expected to be re-elected as general secretary and get his thoughts put into the party’s constitution, like Mao and Deng. With his anti-corruption campaign, he has eliminated personal enemies. His achievements are being promoted on TV and print.
01/09/2017 - VATICAN-ORTHODOX
Pope Francis and Bartholomew: Joint Message for the Care of Creation
The Pope and Patriarch of Constantinople, for the first time, co-sign the Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, marked on 1 September. Nature is not seen as a gift, but as a private possession to lord over. "The human and the natural environment are deteriorating together." Climate change affects primarily the poor. We need a "shared and accountable" responsibility, giving priority to “solidarity and service”.
31/08/2017 - ASIA
UN report says 80 per cent of rivers in Asia-Pacific are polluted with 1.8 million deaths a year
The United Nations Environment Programme report covers 41 countries. About 1.7 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation. Almost 80 per cent of wastewater goes into water bodies with serious consequences for health and the environment.
31/08/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN
As Catholics keep vigils for Changzhi church, social media and diocese website are blacked out
The local bishop is still talking with the head of the local Religious Affairs Bureau. No solution has been reached to satisfy the local Catholic community. The faithful plan night vigils and prayers.
30/08/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN
Vigil continues around the Changzhi church at risk of expropriation and demolition (video)
The bishop, Msgr. Ding denounces the local government's turnaround and yesterday's beatings. Thugs, police and soldiers attack faithful. "Kill the priests first!" Several Catholics' cars have been destroyed. The sad connection with China-Vatican dialogue. The betrayal of Xi Jinping's words.
30/08/2017 - CHINA
For Hu Jia, Liu Xia is "at even more risk than Liu Xiaobo was"
No one has seen her since her husband’s funeral. For her friends, she is still being held by the authorities. Many worry about her physical and mental health. Many activists are preparing to commemorate Liu Xiaobo in spite of Beijing's censorship.
29/08/2017 - CHINA
Chinese Catholics try to stop the demolition of their church in Changzhi, Shanxi (VIDEO)
The monumental church is a hundred years old. Ten years ago, the authorities authorised its restoration; now they want to demolish it and replace it with a public square. Catholics turned to praying to get the authorities to respect “the law of the state that protects freedom of religion”. In light of local resistance, the authorities have stopped the demolition.
29/08/2017 - INDIA - CHINA
Peace found between India and China: the threat of a military clash passes
Delhi ordered the withdrawal of troops from the Doklam highland. China has blocked the construction of a road. Two countries meet halfway. For more than three months, fears of the outbreak of a regional war.
28/08/2017 - TIBET – CHINA
A Tibetan Buddhist academy placed under the direct management of the atheist Communist Party
The centre’s new director, secretary and members of the board of directors are all party members, atheists, non-believers in Buddhism. The demolition of student houses continues. The authorities plan to develop the area for tourism.
28/08/2017 - CHINA
Wanda denies president detained. Shares tumble by 10%
Over the weekend, rumors circled that Wang Jianlin and his family were detained at Tianjin Airport. The company denies and accuses "individuals with additional motives".
26/08/2017 - CHINA
Orphan children in martial arts cages
Since 2001 the Enbo club has recruited at least 400 children to train for commercial fights. Boys do not want to go home because they have no parents or they are disabled. They also reject plain jobs like animal herding or factory work.
25/08/2017 - MACAU
Mgr Stephen Lee's message calls for collaboration to heal Macau after typhoon Hato (Video)by Stephen Lee
The bishop of Macau urges affected people, government, volunteer organisations and charities to work together. The people of Macau have shown their generosity to the wounded, the needy, and seniors living alone. Schools will open after the clean-up. This “is not the time now for lamenting," he said Chinese soldiers are helping the clean-up.
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