04/25/2015CHINA Most wanted graft suspects in the United States and Canada The list of 100 names includes 40 who fled to the US and 26 to Canada, most from Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces. Extradition will be difficult because China has few treaties with other countries. Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on Wednesday released a list of names of 100 fugitives sought under a new programme codenamed Sky Net launched earlier this month.
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.
04/23/2015JAPAN-CHINA Yasukuni visit, a few hours after meeting between Shinzo Abe and Xi Jinping The sanctuary remembers the fallen of the wars. These include personalities considered war criminals by the international community. Visits to Yasukuni fuel economic tensions and territorial claims. Demands for a "profound apology" to mark the anniversary of the Second World War.
04/22/2015INDONESIA – ASIA – AFRICA Asia Africa Summit: leaders of Asia and Africa for a new world order by Mathias Hariyadi The heads of state and government from the two continents want to scrap the "outdated ideas" that underscore the Bretton Woods system and existing international financial institutions. Indonesian President Widodo calls on leaders to "work together" for a "global leadership". Observers wait to see if Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meet. Iran’s president calls for more efforts to fight terrorism.
04/22/2015PAKISTAN – CHINA Beijing “buys” Pakistan for US$ 45 billion Xi Jinping and Nawaz Sharif signed 51 agreements for projects related to the "New Silk Road". A China-Pakistan Economic Corridor linking Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea and the Karot dam are among the ambitious goals. Agreements include roads, port facilities and power stations.
04/22/2015HONG KONG – CHINA The Hong Kong government closes the door on universal suffrage The authorities table a draft for electoral reform before the Legislative Council that is identical to the one presented by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in Beijing. The proposal is set to go to a vote next month. It requires the support of four pro-democracy legislators to pass. The opposition plans to block it; otherwise, things will not change.
04/21/2015MACAU – CHINA First Mass in honour of Matteo Ricci The cause of beatification for the great Jesuit missionary is underway. Four choirs, three soloists, an organ, and brass instruments under composer Aurelio Porfiri will perform pieces and songs at St Joseph’s Seminary, an ancient place of training for missionaries in the Far East. The composer is also working on an oratorio dedicated to Ricci, with a libretto by Fr Gianni Criveller, PIME missionary in Hong Kong.
04/21/2015UN-EU UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy The ship that sank came from Egypt and made a stop in Tripoli (Libya) to load new passengers. The refugees were from Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Syria. A boat sinks near the coast of Rhodes, with 80 survivors. The EU seeks solution to stop human trafficking. In 2014 more than 170 thousand people reached Italy.
04/20/2015PHILIPPINES – VIETNAM South China Sea: Vietnam offers the Philippines a deal to contain China Talks between Hanoi and Manila are already underway as China moves into disputed area. For Benigno Aquino, “Perhaps it’s even worse today,” he said speaking about the situation. Meanwhile, joint military exercise US-Philippines military manoeuvres get underway.
04/17/2015SRI LANKA Colombo Port City causing "unimaginable" environmental harm by Sajeewa Chamikara Expert tells AsiaNews about the consequences of the Chinese-funded project, which violates Environmental Impact Assessment rules. Sand and granite mining are destroying the local coral reef and marine life, as well as the livelihood of 30,000 fishermen. Beachfront erosion will likely cause damages to coastal houses and hotels as well.
04/17/2015CHINA Beijing, journalist Gao Yu sentenced to seven years for defending human rights The woman is very famous in the country and in the international community, for her sharp criticism of the political system and Chinese leaders. Convicted of "divulging state secrets", she will appeal. Her brother: "After a year of detention I hardly recognize her. Today she is 71, how can she manage seven years in jail? ". 44 journalists in Chinese prisons.
04/17/2015PHILIPPINES - VIETNAM - CHINA South China Sea: satellite images confirm Beijing’s" imperialist" policies China continues to build an airstrip on a contended atoll. Evidence of dredging to enhance port facilities. On site construction of new strips of land in other atolls. Beijing defends them as legitimate operations, in the context of territorial sovereignty. US State Department: these actions do not bring "peace and stability" in the region.