05/05/2015CHINA - UNITED KINGDOM Innovative and a free spirit: the (Chinese) horoscope of the Royal baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Born in the Year of the Goat, the fourth in line of succession to the throne of England "will have a strong character and an independent spirit. She will be admired and very beautiful and will help the Windsors’ image. " The feng shui experts "predictions" for Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Born in the Year of the Goat, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana "will be innovative and have a strong spirit. She will be a happy girl, someone who does not like to follow discipline, but her beauty and character will help the royal...
05/04/2015CHINA – TAIWAN Xi Jinping meets KMT party leader to boost cooperation China’s president, who is also Communist Party chief, met Eric Chu, head of Taiwan’s ruling KMT party. During the meeting, he praised their mutual efforts to co-operate, which has improved cross-strait relations and prevented war. He also urged the two sides to ensure a brighter future across the Taiwan Strait. For mainland China, Taiwan remains a breakaway province.
05/01/2015VATICAN For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo by Papa Francesco Pope Francis today addressed via a televised link-up the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (1 May-31 October), the world fair centred on ‘Feeding the planet. Energy for Life’. For the Holy Father, this “Expo is a propitious opportunity to globalise solidarity. Let us not waste it; let us make the very most of it.” In his view, a change of mind-set is also needed to overcome the “paradox of abundance” and the culture of waste and castoffs. The pope’s full speech is reprinted below.
05/01/2015CHINA China’s one-child policy is state violence against women and children by Reggie Littlejohn Although occasionally “tweaked,” the infamous law has not been eliminated and is having disastrous demographic consequences: labor shortages, an aging population, a skewed sex ration between men and women, women trafficking and sexual slavery. However, the government is not going to repeal it because it helps it control the population. The Party “is maintaining its grip on power by shedding the blood of the innocent women and babies of China,” said Reggie Littlejohn in her testimony before the Congressional Executive Commission on China.
04/29/2015HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong, electoral reform convinces only 47% of the population A survey conducted by three universities in the Territory show that less than half of the population supports the proposal "inspired" by Beijing. The Executive Secretary Carrie Lam had spoken in favor of a margin of 60%. The standoff with Democrats continues, they are ready to veto the reform that does not allow true democracy.
04/28/2015CHINA Kong Zhenlan, a mother to dozens of orphaned and abandoned children Since the 1970s, Kong opened her home to handicapped children and orphans in Qi County. For her, "Each of the kid is a little brother, a little Jesus.” Her faith inspired one of her own children, Father Fan, to follow the priestly vocation. For him, “We are all brothers and sisters, there is no difference.”
04/27/2015NEPAL – ASIA Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivors The Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.
04/27/2015MALAYSIA –ASEAN – CHINA A divided ASEAN takes a soft line against Beijing over South China Sea Filipino President Aquino slams China’s imperialist tendencies at sea, which he deems a “threat to the security and stability of the region”. Summit host Malaysian Prime Minister Razak soft-pedals the issue to avoid direct conflicts. Meanwhile, the association is working on a code of conduct whilst maintaining a non-confrontational approach to dispute resolution.
04/27/2015TAIWAN Sister Marianeldis’ "three missions", 50 years in the service of Taiwan’s poor by Xin Yage The nun is from Silesia and has known the hunger and suffering of war. Her calling to religious life, from the example of an aunt who was a nun, a vocation that over time has turned into different, always stimulating paths. Today, retired, she helps people with HIV and those who have contracted HIV: "For all the gifts I have received I always thank the Lord."
04/24/2015PHILIPPINES - CHINA South China Sea: Manila accuses Beijing of "armed robbery" More clashes between Filipino fishing boats and Chinese vessels in disputed waters. The Chinese Coast Guard reportedly used water cannon against a group of Filipino fishermen; previously some Chinese vessels boarded, threatened with guns and robbed two Philippine ships of their load. Manila to lodge formal protest.