In 2019 there were 14.65 million newborns: 580 thousand less than in 2018. The total population remains stable at 1.4 billion; the number of elderly people increases. The reduced number of births is the product of the "one-child policy" that has been in existence for nearly 40 years. Pregnancies disadvantageous for various reasons, including job competition, high rents and education costs.
The Social Welfare Council is examining a new political strategy in foreign policy on balancing relations with neighboring powers. On the border with India there are several Islamic madrassas funded by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. China fears the movements of the Tibetans.
China is promoting the "Sanxin Huodong" campaign to force members of Muslim minorities to abandon rugs and cushions in favour of sofas, beds and desks. Those who do not follow the directives risk being labelled "religious extremists" and locked up in notorious "training centres".
The new coronavirus strain has infected so far 59 people in Wuhan, a city in central China. No deaths have been reported and eight patients have been discharged from the hospital. Researchers still have to determine which animal is the source of the virus, its incubation period and the transmission route. A vaccine may take years.
A new directive came into force whereby “Teaching materials in primary and secondary schools must reflect the will of the party and the state”. In Tibet, the authorities order families to keep their children away from religious activities during the winter school break.
Murager Alimuly and Qaster Musakhanuly are on trial for crossing the border into Kazakhstan. If they were returned to China, they risk persecution in Xinjiang detention camps, where they have already been imprisoned.
Gulzire Awulqanqizi documented Chinese repression in camps for Muslims. For China, the latter are dangerous terrorists, and for this reason, Beijing detained at least a million. During her detention, the refugee was forced to make gloves and eat pork in violation of her Islamic beliefs.
Beijing says activities carried out within the Bodhi Institute of Compassion and Wisdom are "illegal". For the Tibetan diaspora, the goal is to reduce the religious and moral influence of the founding monk, a disciple of the Larung Gar academy.
Leading figures from 18 nations worldwide write to the Chief Executive of the Territory: "Hong Kong is a great world city, a major international financial and trading centre, and an important gateway to China and the rest of Asia. It would be a tragedy if it loses this role and gains a reputation for repression”. The local executive responds quickly: "Untruthful facts, foreigners must not meddle in our internal affairs".
Over a million people attended the march. For the police, there were only 60,000. After some clashes, the order came to evacuate the demonstration in half an hour. Law enforcement officers accused of arresting innocent people; ejecting journalists; of being allies with the vandals. The police superintendent denies everything.
The new measures will be implemented starting from February 1, 2020. Activities, rallies, programs of religious communities must have the approval of the Religious Affairs Office. Religious organizations must "spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party" by educating "religious staff and religious citizens to support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party".
The Chinese scientist had edited the genes of embryos to give birth to HIV-immune children. He was also fined thee million yuan. The Chinese government allows embryo editing, but bans transplantation in women. Beijing funds many companies and laboratories to take a leading role in the genetic industry. MIT has doubts about the success of He Jiankui's experiments.
The founder of the Early Rain Covenant Church was also convicted of "illegal trade": his community prints and distributes religious books in Chinese society. The sentence was issued this morning; the trial was held on December 26th. No member of the community or family member was allowed to attend the trial. For Wang Yi, the persecution of Christians "is the most horrendous evil in Chinese society" because it deprives the population of hope and future.
Protesters invaded shopping malls and vandalized stores linked to China. The police used pepper spray and tear gas and made arrests. Carri Lam: They ruined the Christmas celebrations. A demonstration has been called for January 1st.
The PIME missionary, who passed away yesterday, worked on evangelisation in Hong Kong, developed ties with the Chinese Church, was the editor of AsiaNews and Mondo e Missione, and served as spiritual guide to seminarians. Fr Luigi Bonalumi delivered the homily at his funeral.