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05/23/2015 CHINA
Beijing plans the first landing on the "dark side" of the Moon
The Chang'e 4 spacecraft would reach the earth’s satellite by 2020, then land a rover to the surface to analyse it. China’s interest in space is growing, with the moon’s raw materials wetting its appetite.
Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – China is planning a space mission to the "dark side" of the Moon by 2020. If successful, it would be first country to do so. The planned mission would see the Chang'e 4 spacecraft orbit the moon before landing a rover on its...

05/23/2015 TAJIKISTAN – CHINA
Dushanbe and Beijing sign extradition deal with Uighurs in mind
Beijing has signed a series of agreements with the countries of Central Asia to repatriate Uighur Muslims. In Chinese prisons, convicts are sentenced to severe penalties, including death. Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have repatriated prisoners who had sought asylum on humanitarian grounds.
05/22/2015 CHINA – ASIA
Beijing and Delhi to lead Asian ‘super bank’
A consensus has emerged from a meeting of the lender’s founding members. To avoid undue European influence, Asian members have accepted that China’s share of the bank’s capitalisation will be between 25 and 30 per cent with India as second largest shareholder. Germany will be represented on the bank’s board of directors.
05/22/2015 CHINA
Beijing returns to Soviet planning to save the Party
by Willy Lam
The Chinese economic strategy emphasizes the role of state-controlled companies. President Xi: "The Chinese Communist Party should control the economy if it wants to rule the country forever." Big profits for private companies close to the Party elite. The initiative strengthens control over interior regions and contains the centrifugal forces. Beijing can absorb the nation’s excess production. The theory of the "three non-changes". The marginalization of the Premier Li Keqiang who wanted to liberalize the market.
05/21/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
For Xi Jinping, religions must be "Chinese" and without "foreign influences"
by Wang Zhicheng
At a meeting of the United Front, the Chinese president reiterated the leadership role of the Communist Party in religious matters, warning against foreign forces. His targets include Xinjiang Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and the Vatican. For a Chinese Catholic, doing so would distort the Catholic religion.

05/21/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Tibet, a father of four sets himself on fire in protest against Chinese rule
Self-immolations climb to 140 since 2009, when this extreme form of protest against Beijing first began. Tenzin Gyatso, 35, was taken away by police in critical condition: it is unclear whether he's dead or alive. The central government launches raids and searches in the Tibet ahead of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday.
05/20/2015 CHINA
Beijing to focus on new technologies to revamp economy
The State Council unveiled an ambitious ten-year plan to upgrade manufacturing, including ocean engineering and aerospace technology, to pull the country out of its current impasse. With rising labour costs and environmental degradation, China has no choice; however, some analysts believe the private capital and foreign knowhow are needed.
05/20/2015 CHINA
Guizhou: woman can complete pregnancy despite order to abort
Both she and her new husband had a child from their previous marriage. She had been told she would lose her job if she did not have an abortion. China’s one-child policy is enforced unequally across the country. Despite promises of easing it, violence still surrounds its enforcement.
05/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians
"Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/19/2015 ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo Cervellera
The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
05/19/2015 RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta Allevato
Metropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
05/18/2015 CHINA – INDIA
Deals worth US$ 22 billion do not end the China-India rivalry
Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping sign 26 economic agreements during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Beijing. Analysts and experts downplay Chinese state media’s positive spin. The Himalayan region, the new Silk Road and the Indian Ocean are still the basis of structural “problems and mistrust between both sides”.
05/18/2015 TIBET – CHINA
For Tibetan leader, Tibet and the Panchen Lama are victims of cultural genocide
Penpa Tsering is the speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile. On the 20th anniversary of the abduction of Tibetan Buddhism’s number two figure, he noted that China does not want him dead, but ignorant of the language, religion and culture of Tibet. This way, “he would not be in a position to communicate directly with the Tibetan people in the future.” In cities around the world, calls are heard for the release for the "youngest political prisoner in history."
05/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "
Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".
05/15/2015 CHINA
Gao Yu’s conviction is a return into the Communist Party’s past
by Bao Tong
The great Chinese dissident Bao Tong, under house arrest for opposing the Tiananmen massacre, talks about the judicial harassment of the septuagenarian journalist. The court failed to find anything against her, except that she was doing a good job. Since the party controls everything, it is afraid to make public its anti-human rights dogmas. Courtesy of Radio Free Asia.

Altri articoli
05/14/2015 CHINA – INDIA
Narendra Modi in China to reduce India’s trade deficit with China
05/12/2015 KOREA - CHINA
Seoul bypasses Tokyo as number one investor in China
05/11/2015 CHINA
Beijing postpones Zhou Yongkang’s trial until further notice
05/11/2015 CHINA
Yuan stable as interest rates cuts give breathing space to economy
05/10/2015 VATICAN
For pope, written in our hearts with the fire of the Spirit, Jesus’ love generates wonders every day
05/09/2015 TAIWAN
Pope Francis in Taiwan TV series by Xin Yage
05/09/2015 RUSSIA
Putin’s Victory Day has become a religious and holy day by Nina Achmatova
05/08/2015 UNITED KINGDOM – ASIA
British Chinese and Bangladeshis celebrate as they get their first MPs in the British parliament
05/07/2015 CHINA
One-child in China: two stories with a happy ending
05/07/2015 CHINA - RUSSIA - CENTRAL ASIA
Beijing-Moscow alliance returns, to "rebalance" agreement between US and Japan
05/07/2015 CHINA
Beijing removes "unnecessary taxes" for emerging industries
05/07/2015 PHILIPPINES – JAPAN – CHINA
Japan, Philippines hold joint anti-piracy drills off Manila (with China in mind)
05/05/2015 CHINA - UNITED KINGDOM
Innovative and a free spirit: the (Chinese) horoscope of the Royal baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
05/04/2015 CHINA – TAIWAN
Xi Jinping meets KMT party leader to boost cooperation
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Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta AllevatoMetropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
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05/19/2015 RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta Allevato
05/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "
05/19/2015 ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo Cervellera
05/21/2015 BANGLADESH
Islamic extremists claim the right to kill ten intellectuals and bloggers
by Sumon Corraya
05/18/2015 NEPAL
Quake survivors forced to drink contaminated water, “only the Christians help us”
by Christopher Sharma
05/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: an end to “this interminable” conflict in the Holy Land and the persecution of Christians
05/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: at this troubled time in history, bishops must comfort, help, and encourage everyone, without distinction
05/21/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
For Xi Jinping, religions must be "Chinese" and without "foreign influences"
by Wang Zhicheng
05/19/2015 PHILIPPINES – ASIA
Manila to accept boat people rejected by Malaysia and Indonesia, a decision backed by the Church
05/21/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christians must seek unity, struggling against "the spirit of the world", which creates division

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