» 03/14/2017, 17.40
CHINA – VATICAN
Peng Jian Dao*
In memory of Mgr Wang Milu, a witness of faith
The testimony of a priest who personally knew the underground bishop who died recently. Mgr Wang lived in poverty and died in hospital without medical care because he could not pay the cost. Thanks to his courage, the Church in China survived through a difficult and complex period.
Anger by quake victims’ families worrying Beijing
A month since the quake, there are neither answers nor help for thousands of parents who lost their children in the quake. Instead the police is more concerned about keeping them away from the rubbles and arresting those who help them. New restrictions are imposed on the press; ostensibly so that residents are not “disturbed”. Meanwhile first corruption cases involving aid are come to light.
Slave labour: local Communist boss expelled from party
Media and ordinary people accuse police, labour inspectors, public officials and local authorities of “complicity” in human trafficking. Parents of missing children want rescue search to be broadened, including in mountainous areas of Shanxi Province
Migrant workers held in factory in slave-like conditions
In Shanxi, son of local Communist Party boss forces 32 migrant workers to work 20 years a day without pay, on a bread and water diet, without clean clothes, shoes or a chance to wash, guarded by men and dogs. One dies from injuries suffered because he was too slow at work. Police arrest wrongdoers.
26/10/2017 12:16:00 CHINA-VATICAN
Improvements for Church unlikely in wake of CCP Congress. As is a papal trip to Beijing
Under the new leadership presented yesterday, Wang Yang should be the head of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference which deals with religious groups. Despite being considered a liberal, he must toe the line dictated by Xi Jinping on the "sinicization of religions." Wang Zuoan, Director of State Administration for Religious Affairs, was dismissed by the Central Committee. In an interview he clarifies that China-Vatican dialogue is "low key" but "but some problems are not so simple and cannot be solved in a short time". No imminent visit by the pontiff to China.
Company only fined for benzene slick in Songhua River
The company responsible for the 2005 environmental disaster that affected the Songha River (100 tonnes of benzene in the river) is ordered to pay maximum fine of one million yuan. But a year ago the court rejected a 10 billion yuan demand for damages to the environment.
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