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Parliamentary elections postponed for one year because of the coronavirus emergency.  Democratic Front: An excuse to avoid a crushing defeat.  Jurists question the legitimacy of the postponement.  The crackdown continues: the police accuse six activists of violating the national security law. They include Nathan Law.

 

 

| 01/08/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the Holy See invites condolences to be expressed on August 3 and 4 from 10am to 3pm. In the Taipei Guest House, a memorial will be open from August 1 to 14. Lee Teng-hui's body will be cremated and the ashes buried in Wuzhi military cemetery, among those who have made significant contributions to the nation.

| 01/08/2020
| TAIWAN - VATICAN
by Paul Wang

All the excluded were hostile to new security law. For the Hong Kong government, there is no "political censorship". For Beijing, the excluded are "unscrupulous delinquents ". Chris Patten calls the action "An outrageous political purge. [. . .] In Hong Kong, it is obviously now illegal to believe in democracy”.

| 31/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The island’s first democratically elected president, he started the democratic transition in 1990, after the Tiananmen massacre. A supporter of Taiwan’ identity, he was disliked by the Communist leadership in Beijing. in Chinese media he was described as the “Godfather of Taiwan secessionism.”

| 31/07/2020
| TAIWAN
by Silvina Premat

Chinese boats are fishing between the protected islands and the Ecuadorian coast, endangering the local marine life. The Chinese Embassy has expressed respect for the environment, but one expert slams China for repeatedly violating the sovereignty of coastal nations. Argentina stopped the same fleet in the South Atlantic. One problem is China fishing subsidies. One scholar calls for join efforts to save the oceans.

| 30/07/2020
| ECUADOR – CHINA

A young lay person from northern China talks about the difficulties that followed the signing of the Agreement. Fr John understands Pope Francis' sense of mercy towards official bishops and priests. Repression has increased against other religious groups, in particular Protestants.

| 30/07/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN

Tony Chung, leader of the pro-independence group Studentlocalism, is among four people arrested. Police say the accused sought to establish a republic and unite all pro-independence forces. The four activists risk life imprisonment. The authorities are cracking down on dissent. Carrie Lam fears that pro-democracy forces will win the next elections.

| 30/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Paul Wang

The Occupy Central leader will appeal, even if he considers it "a futile process". “There is clear evidence that a power beyond the university has overturned the decision of the university.” China's Liaison Office praised the university's decision for "upholding justice". Benny Tai will continue to work to defend the rule of law.

| 29/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

A private US company, Recorded Future, detected the espionage operation against the mail servers of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Diocese of Hong Kong, and the Holy See’s Study Mission in Hong Kong, which acts as a quasi-nunciature. PIME’s mail server did not work for weeks. The AsiaNews website has been attacked but not disabled. The hacking is the work of RedDelta, an entity linked to the Chinese government. Recorded Future appears to have no links to the Trump administration. Espionage and hackers are an international problem to live with.

| 29/07/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
by Paul Wang

Pro-democracy lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun lost his position as lecturer at Baptist University. Benny Tai, an associate professor at Hong Kong University (HKU), is waiting to hear his fate from HKU’s governing council today. Both are leaders of the Occupy Central movement, sentenced last year for causing public disorder and inciting public nuisance. Beijing fears a pro-democracy victory in the upcoming September elections. Carrie Lam could delay them citing the coronavirus.

| 28/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Nguyen Hung

A Memorandum of Understanding is signed in Hanoi to support sustainable fishing and Vietnamese fishermen. Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US would support countries in South-East Asia when they believe their maritime sovereignty is violated by China.

| 27/07/2020
| VIETNAM
by Wang Zhicheng

The US flag was lowered this morning. Hundreds of people watched the "historic" moment. The US has a long list of accusations against China, including "espionage" and "intellectual property theft". Tensions between the two powers are growing.

| 27/07/2020
| CHINA – UNITED STATES

Nicknamed ‘big cannon Ren’, Ren has been charged with embezzlement and damaging the image of leaders and the state with its criticisms. Party members cannot question the leaders, and state entrepreneurs must align themselves with the regime's decisions.

| 25/07/2020
| CHINA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
A private US company, Recorded Future, detected the espionage operation against the mail servers of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Diocese of Hong Kong, and the Holy See’s Study Mission in Hong Kong, which acts as a quasi-nunciature. PIME’s ...
| 29/07/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
A few months before the expiration of the Provisional Agreement on appointing new bishops, lay people, priests and bishops wonder about the effects it has had on the life of Christian communities in China. The Vatican is hoping to renew the agreement; ...
| 16/07/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The blackmail of the Jinzhou authorities: you can reopen the churches - after the pandemic - if you ban entry to minors. Mgr. Jia Zhiguo, 83, has been a bishop since 1980 and is responsible for a community of over 150,000 faithful, with a hundred priests ...
| 10/07/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Marian Demir
Since yesterday, pro-Erdogan Turkish media are reporting that the Council of State has already "unanimously" decided to transform the Christian basilica into a mosque. But the legal reasons for the "right of the sword" are not "Islamic". Pro-Kurdish ...
| 10/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
National security law “threatens to undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and academic freedom. Freedom of religion and belief is also under threat. According to many reports, freedom of religion and belief ...
| 06/07/2020
| ASIA - HONG KONG
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