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  • 27/02/2017 - CHINA

    China’s crackdown intensifies through more police surveillance. Chen wants fewer mosques and tighter controls over the young. For him, the ethnic conflict can be settled through greater development in agriculture and textile manufacturing. The authorities intensify their efforts against terrorism, but attacks continue unabated. (Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation)


    by Willy Lam

    27/02/2017 - CHINA – NORTH KOREA

    China’s responsibilities in Kim Jong-nam’s murder

    by Wei Jingsheng

    Why was Kim Jong-nam killed now? Chinese bodyguards were support to protect him. The Communist regime made the operation possible. Diplomatic strategies are changing in East Asia. The threat of North Korean nuclear weapons is pushing the United States and China to reconsider their approach to North Korea. China ‘s great dissident and "father of democracy" speaks from his place of exile in the United States.


    25/02/2017 - CHINA

    Shaolin abbot Shi Yongxin cleared of all charges

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Monks, former monks and monastery employees had accused him of extortion, having mistresses with children, and leading a lifestyle devoid of religion and spirituality. Henan authorities and the State Administration for Religious Affairs cleared him of all charges. Thanks to him, Shaolin has become a successful brand.


    24/02/2017 - MYANMAR – CHINA

    Hundreds of workers attack Chinese factory in Yangon


    Some angry 300 workers destroyed machinery and held captive seven Chinese workers for a few hours over the sacking of a fellow worker. Strikes over low wages are increasing. Many in Myanmar are impatient with China’s economic “colonisation”.


    23/02/2017 - CHINA

    Beijing, army veterans protest: abandoned by the government


    Since yesterday thousands have been protesting in front of the Party offices in the biggest demonstration since October. Promises made and not kept, "We have nothing, are in poverty and distress." Arrests and violence in Liulihe, Aiminjie, Datong, Luliang and Harbin.

     


    22/02/2017 - HONG KONG

    Hong Kong’s former chief executive Donald Tsang sentenced to 20 months in prison

    by Paul Wang

    He was accused of getting a HK$ 50 million flat in exchange for a radio license. Some 40 character witnesses came to his defence. The family will appeal.


    21/02/2017 - ASIA

    Annual profits of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks down by 62%

    by Paul Wang

    The cause is "volatile financial conditions", including the US and Brexit. The greater part of the profit comes from operations in Asia. Hang Seng in Hong Kong drop by 41%.

     


    20/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Funeral of Mgr Casimir Wang Milu: full of love for God and the poor

    by Elizabeth Li

    Thousands of people, along with scores of priests and some underground bishops, took part in the funeral. He had spent ten years in prison.


    18/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Chinese Catholic: the power to appoint bishops belongs only to the Church

    by Baoluo Jiaoyou (保罗教友)

    Criticism of Card. Tong’s proposal to allow the Chinese government the function to appoint bishops in some way. In the proposed agreement between China and the Holy See, the latter would only have a veto power - not conclusive - on the proposed candidates. 


    17/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Lay faithful comment on Card. John Tong’s article on China-Holy See relations: Overly optimistic

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The bishop of Hong Kong is too optimistic. The Patriotic Association is the stumbling block that controls the Church on behalf of the government. Compromise is possible, but the Church will be without commitment for justice and human rights. The underground Church is now a minority.

     


    16/02/2017 - CHINA

    Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang charged with 'inciting subversion of state power'

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Wang is one of 300 lawyers arrested during the ‘709 crackdown’ in July 2015. He has been held incommunicado and in solitary confinement, subjected to torture.


    16/02/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Chinese priest: The life of the faithful is the same with or without China-Holy See agreements

    by Shan Ren Shen Fu

    The majority of Chinese faithful have no interest in China-Vatican dialogue. They are not affected by the Patriotic Association. This is a mere instrument of government policy.

     


    15/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Chinese priests: changing the essence of the Patriotic Association is a vain hope


    Card John Tong’s article on the future of Sino-Vatican dialogue continues to make waves. For one underground priest, the article encourages them to join the Patriotic Association. For an official priest, the Chinese government retains the authority to appoint bishops. Both clergymen believe that there is no difference between "full freedom" and "necessary freedom". The bishop of Shanghai stands as a bitter example.


    15/02/2017 - CHINA

    Eight die in Xinjiang knife attack.


    The three attackers killed by Chinese security forces. Five other people injured in the attack. Suspicion falls on Islamic Uighur separatists.

     


    15/02/2017 - CHINA

    Father of three forced to undergo vasectomy


    Even after the change of the one child law, the forced sterilization campaigns continue to affect Chinese citizens.

     


    14/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Mgr Casimir Wang Milu, retired bishop of Tianshui, has died

    by Elizabeth Li

    The underground bishop spent ten years in prison. In 2003 he was suspended by the Holy See. He was admitted to hospital in late January. The funeral should take place this Saturday, 18 February.


    14/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Doubts and indifference among Chinese Catholics toward Card Tong’s article

    by Taxiang Lüren (他乡旅人)

    14/02/2017 - UN-NORTH KOREA

    UN, China and Russia condemn Pyongyang missile tests


    The UN secretary general’s condemnation and an invitation to China and the US to work together. Beijing and Moscow ask to avoid "provocative" moves such as joint military exercises and missile Thaad system. Even the Korean bishops opposed to Thaad.

     


    13/02/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Richard Madsen: In China-Holy See dialogue, Beijing wants to destroy, or at least weaken the Church

    by Richard Madsen

    According to the famous sociologist of religion in China, there may be "converging interests" between Beijing and the Vatican, as to lead to an agreement on the appointment of bishops. But the hopes of the Chinese Church are different. Never talk about "agreement" before an official announcement.


    13/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Card. Tong’s article: only hopes for China-Holy See talks. Liu Bainian’s cold shower

    by Sergio Ticozzi

    Fr. Ticozzi: It is a 'literary genre' to garner momentum towards the ideal future, an exhortation. Anthony Liu Bainian: It's just an opinion of John Tong. The appointment of bishops depends on "the future of China-Vatican dialogue". Underground bishops "not suitable to work with the Communist Party."


    13/02/2017 - KOREA

    Washington, Tokyo and Seoul call for UN emergency meeting after North Korea missile launch


    The missile traveled 500 km before falling into the Sea of ​​Japan. "Great satisfaction" of Kim Jong-un. Shinzo Abe: "Intolerable". Trump: US "100%" close to Japan. China, Pyongyang's only ally, remains silent.

     


    11/02/2017 - CHINA – KOREA

    Scores of Protestant missionaries from S Korea arrested and expelled


    At least 32 have been expelled. Four more were arrested in recent days. They helped defectors from North Korea. In the past, local authorities turned a blind eye on their activities; now they forcefully apply rules on religious activities. Beijing is retaliating against Seoul’s decision to deploy THAAD.


    10/02/2017 - CHINA

    Liu Xia’s call to friends raises questions about her health


    Liu Xiaobo’s wife has been under house arrest since 2010, controlled and threatened by the authorities. This has led to depression. She “has no vitality left in her,” friend says.


    10/02/2017 - CHINA-US

    First "friendly" phone call between Trump and Xi Jinping. "One China" reaffirmed

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The two have decided to work together in areas of "mutual interest". Reaffirming the principle of the one China defuses a source of unrest and possible wars. The conversation took place a few hours after the arrival of Shinzo Abe in the US.

     


    09/02/2017 - TURKEY – CHINA – UNITED STATES

    CIA chief in Turkey to discuss Syrian conflict and Islamic State


    Forty-eight hours after Trump and Erdoğan spoke, Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit in Turkey. Washington and Ankara are trying to restore relations after the tensions of recent years. The extradition of Islamic preacher Gülen is an obstacle. Trump sends letter to Xi Jinping expressing hope for "constructive" relations between Beijing and Washington.


    09/02/2017 - CHINA – EUROPE

    For China, Europe is the new Africa

    by G. M. Mazzacani*

    China has gone from the "world’s workshop" to "the world’s market" thanks to a development model centred on high value-added production and domestic consumption stimulated by higher wages. The shift of economic power from West to East could be an opportunity.


    09/02/2017 - VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG

    Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.

     


    09/02/2017 - HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN

    Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

    by Card. John Tong

    The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."


     


    08/02/2017 - CHINA

    Criticism and suspicion over a Christian theme park opened in Mao Zedong’s birthplace in Hunan


    The site was inaugurated during the spring festival. It covers ​​15 hectares and its highlight is the 80-metre church. Local authorities allegedly sponsored the construction.


    08/02/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    As Vatican defends China over organ trafficking, Huang Jiefu says he plays no diplomatic role


    Conference participants criticise China, claiming it hides trafficking in prisoners’ organs. ““Are they doing any illegal transplantation of organs in China? We can’t say. But we want to strengthen the movement for change,” said Mgr Sánchez Morondo. Huang was invited to the Vatican only as transplant expert. Some suspect that the Holy See wants to ingratiate itself with Beijing to continue their dialogue.


    07/02/2017 - CHINA

    Richard Madsen: The "Chinese dream" of Xi Jinping passes through control over religions - Part Five


    The nationalist idea of ​​Xi Jinping is close to that of Donald Trump ( "make a great new China", "make America great again"). The faithful of the religions have an opportunity to change society, but beginning from their personal environments. Chinese nationalism clashes with globalization and international relations.

     






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