03/08/2014MALAYSIA - CHINA - VIETNAM Boeing “disappears” mid-flight over Sea of Vietnam: "every hypothesis" is still open The aircraft had departed from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. Shortly after midnight, without launching any SOS, it disappeared. Malaysian minister : "We have not ruled out the possibility it was an act of terrorism”. Chinese President Xi Jinping: "Every effort made to rescue the survivors”. Beijing (
AsiaNews / Agencies) - A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 with 239 people on
board disappeared shortly after midnight last night without launching any alarm
signal while flying over the sea to the south of Vietnam, two hours after
03/06/2014NEPAL - CHINA Kathmandu bans Tibetans from celebrating pro-independence uprising against China by Christopher Sharma Nepal's new, Congress-led government warns the exiled community that "protests would not be allowed, even if they are peaceful. People will be arrested." Tibetans all over the world still consider the 1959 insurrection an important moment in their history. China's crackdown gave birth to the Tibetan Diaspora, and forced the Dalai Lama to flee to India. For human rights activist, "This is not democracy."
03/06/2014CHINA Tiananmen Square, a woman attempts to set herself on fire during the NPC Between 30 and 40 years of age, of unknown identity, burns not life threatening suffered mainly on her face. The protest coincided with the opening of the annual session of the "Chinese Parliament ." Motives behind the gesture unknown: Beijing’s symbolic square is increasingly the scene of demonstrations and violent acts against the government.
03/04/2014NEPAL - CHINA Kathmandu cuts fees to climb Everest at Beijing's expense by Christopher Sharma The Nepali government announces new fees for climbers who wish to reach the highest peak in the world. The decision redirects tourists from China, which has not reacted to the decision for now.
03/04/2014CHINA Beijing arrests three suspects in Kunming massacre The police have also identified the leader of the group behind the attack: he is Kurban Abdurehim, but there is no news of his condition. Chinese authorities continue to follow the trail of Xinjiang separatists, but a spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress calls for a "more transparent investigation".
03/03/2014CHINA As China's parliament gets ready to meet, the noose around Zhou Yongkang tightens by Chen Weijun The former powerful national security strongman is increasingly isolated. Xi Jinping's government has indicted all of his loyalists, as well as his son and brother. A spokesman for the Consultative Conference of the People does not deny claims that he is under investigation. Surveillance around his homes are boosted. The National People's Congress is set to meet. Last year's meeting preceded Bo Xilai's trial.
03/03/2014CHINA Vigil for 29 dead and over 130 injured in Kunming massacre A hundred people gathered spontaneously in the station where the massacre took place. The gang raided the station armed with curved swords and meat cleavers and stabbed people randomly. Beijing says the leaders are ethnic Uyghur "separatists", but there is no evidence to support this thesis.
02/28/2014CHINA More than a thousand arrests in anti-child trafficking raid In an announcement, the government said it carried out a raid in 27 municipalities across the country, resulting in 1,094 people apprehended, and 382 children rescued. Traffickers also use the Internet. Four sites providing "adoption services" for "abandoned children" are shut down.
02/27/2014CHINA - UKRAINE - RUSSIA Beijing scared by events in the Ukraine by Wang Zhicheng Online, some Chinese are hailing the victims of the "Ukrainian Tiananmen" and Ukrainians' quest for freedom. If "The Ukrainians are free, how long will we Chinese have to wait?" some wonder. If Ukraine joins the EU, it will have to abide by its arms embargo against China. As the new interim government gets the green light in Kiev, tensions rise in the Crimea, where an armed group seizes the regional parliament, hoisting the Russian flag. Putin orders military exercises on the border.