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    27/10/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    On 12 October, Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching swore allegiance to the "Hong Kong nation" wrapped in a banner that said "Hong Kong is not China." The government wants to expel them, but that could happen only with a two-third majority of legislators. Pan-Democrats hold almost half of the seats. This is a signal to Beijing.

    by Paul Wang

    26/10/2016 - CHINA

    Migrant worker jumps to his death from building he built over eight years of unpaid wages

    by Wang Zhicheng

    In his 50s, he was Identified as Li. The building was built in 2008, at the time of the Olympics. Since then, Li and his work team did not receive any wages. According to official figures, about 3 million migrant workers do not receive wages on a regular basis.

    24/10/2016 - CHINA

    Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party opens

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The focus is on the issue of "strictly governing the party”. Corruption remains the main concern with economic and political reforms at a standstill. New members prepare to enter the Central Committee. Wang Qishan’s retirement is a question as is Xi’s.

    24/10/2016 - VIETNAM – CHINA

    Vietnamese against the threat of Chinese nuclear power plants

    by Joseph Tran

    China completed three new nuclear plants not far from the Vietnamese border. IAEA warns that, in case of nuclear disaster, Vietnam would certainly be affected. China is also planning small mobile nuclear power stations for the South China Sea where they could cause unprecedented harm to the marine environment.

    24/10/2016 - VATICAN - CHINA

    The new bishop of Changzhi and the many voices on China-Vatican dialogue

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".


    22/10/2016 - TAIWAN

    Fr Andrés Díaz de Rábago, a great missionary, celebrates his first 100 years

    by Xin Yage

    The secret of his longevity lies in talking with everyone and thanking God every day. Every day, Fr Andrés, a Jesuit, visits the sick at Cardinal Tian Hospital in Taipei. Some 5,000 people, including Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen, came to his birthday party.

    21/10/2016 - PHILIPPINES – CHINA

    Duterte in Beijing announces separation: “America has lost"

    During his visit to Beijing, the Filipino president told Chinese business executives in the Great Hall of the People, “I will be dependent on you for all time.” Manila and Beijing sign US$ 13.5 billion worth of deals, including 13 agreements and memoranda of understanding. US official describes the US as “baffled” by Duterte’s comments, whilst Filipino trade secretary says “we are not stopping trade, investment with America”.

    20/10/2016 - CHINA

    Anyang Nuns and priests demonstrate in Tianjin against government plans to demolish Church building

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The central government recognizes the Church's right to the property, but the local government refuses to hand it over and wants to profit from speculation. An appeal to Xi Jinping to enforce the rule of law.

    19/10/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN

    On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"

    by John Mok Chit Wai

    A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.

    18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."

    17/10/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Chinese priest: In reigning confusion, standing with our “captain" Pope Francis

    by Shan Ren Shen Fu

    The illegitimate ordination of underground priest Dong Guanhua (condemned by Bishop Jia Zhiguo) is shaking the Church in China and is creating multiple, painful fractures. A priest from the official Church expresses his weariness: too many divisions threaten to kill the Church. He asks everyone to follow the Pope in his efforts towards greater openness and mercy.

    17/10/2016 - CHINA

    Shenzhou 11, prepares space mission to the moon and to Mars

    Two astronauts, Jing and Chen, will stay in space for 33 days. They will conduct studies and pharmaceutical, physical and biological tests. Congratulations from President Xi Jinping: "A new contribution to building China as a space power."


    15/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope to elderly: Society needs your smile and the beautiful brightness of your eyes

    Pope Francis meets with members of the National Older Workers Union and the Italian Seniors Federation, in the context of the national  Day of the Elderly. "Maturity and wisdom accumulated over the years" are vital to the Church and to society. Elderly should not be marginalized or considered “unproductive". "In countries that have suffered a severe religious persecution, the grandparents passed on the faith to new generations." Pray to "the grandmother of Jesus, Saint Anne" to be "good and wise grandparents."

    15/10/2016 - BANGLADESH - CHINA

    Xi Jinping in Bangladesh: An essential partner for the new Silk Road

    The Chinese president was welcomed yesterday with great fanfare. He is the first leader from Beijing to visit the country after 30 years. 27 commercial agreements signed for a total of nearly $ 24 billion. The renewed agreement will allow Dhaka to reach middle-income countries by 2021. It will also permit China to develop the strategy of "One Belt One Road".

    15/10/2016 - ASIA

    "Monumental" international agreement against greenhouse gases

    Rich nations - the EU, US, and others - will reduce the use of fluoro-hydrocarbons by 10% by 2019. But China - main producer - will begin the reduction by 2029. India will reduce by 10% only in 2032.

    14/10/2016 - CHINA

    China's exports down 10 per cent in September

    Imports decline slightly. Exports decline more than forecast. As the global economy remains sluggish, foreign and domestic demand remain low.

    13/10/2016 - CHINA

    Young pro-democracy activist sentenced to 5 years in prison for "subversion"

    Huang Wenxun is guilty of giving interviews to foreign newspapers, in which he encouraged Chinese activism against the companies.  He was tortured in prison and held in detention for three years before trial.


    12/10/2016 - CHINA

    St Sophia Cathedral in Harbin recognised as part of China's architectural heritage

    The monument is a sign of the important presence of the Orthodox Church in China and recent closer political relations between Beijing and Moscow.

    11/10/2016 - CHINA

    Hu Jia: an uncertain future for Liu Xiaobo’s family

    Denied outside contacts, Liu Xiaobo's wife is under tight police surveillance and can barely visit her jailed husband.

    11/10/2016 - VATICAN – CHINA

    Églises d'Asie, “Did President Xi Jinping really send a gift to Pope Francis?"

    For the news agency, it is "unthinkable, if for no other reason than protocol,” that the Chinese president would openly send a gift to the pope via indirect channels. The Vatican Museums held an exhibit in Taiwan, not mainland China.

    11/10/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Mgr Peter Shao Zhumin back in Wenzhou but under control

    The prelate and Fr Jiang Sunian were taken away to prevent them from attending the funeral of Mgr Zhu Weifang. The Vatican has confirmed Mgr Shao as bishop of Wenzhou. The faithful have been urged to stay calm.

    11/10/2016 - CHINA

    Zhejiang, 4 buildings collapse: 22 dead. Little girl saved

    Authorities believe the collapse was provoked by persistent rain. The buildings were built in the 1970s. They were rented to migrant poor. The rooms divided by wooden panels to increase the number of guests. Three year old girl, saved under the lifeless body of her father.


    10/10/2016 - ASIA – UNITED STATES

    Asians on the Trump-Clinton debate

    Yesterday’s presidential debate marginally touched Asian matters, focusing instead on domestic and crude level (especially sexual) issues. The Japanese favour Clinton. South Koreans appear undecided. Singapore is concerned about the lack of a position on the issues like the South China Sea. China remains officially neutral, but Chinese immigrants favour Trump. Indian immigrants support Clinton.

    10/10/2016 - CHINA-FRANCE

    Chinese sommeliers beats the French in a taste contest

    They won first place by identifying six red and six white wines, the area of ​​origin, grape variety, vintage, etc.. China steps up grape cultivation, with European experts that help improve the quality.


    08/10/2016 - CHINA – IRAQ

    Uyghur mercenaries a growing presence among jihadists in Mosul

    Armenian intelligence has been warning for some time about the movement of people and weapons from Xinjiang to Turkey, Azerbaijan, Syria and Iraq. In Mosul, Uyghurs are used as police. In Nagorno Karabakh, they engaged in violence. Iraqi commander comes out against Erdogan’s ambitions in Mosul.

    07/10/2016 - CHINA

    Church in Xi'an celebrates its 300 years with conference and baptisms

    by Maria Chen

    The Church of St Francis of Assisi was built in 1715. Thousands of people heard lectures on Church history, took part in the baptism of 41 persons, and listened to a concert of choirs. Hundreds of faithful found accommodation with local families.

    07/10/2016 - CHINA

    Unpaid salaries: the desperation of China’s workers

    There have never been so many threats of suicide, the China Labour Bulletin reports in its August-September survey. Protests against fraudulent bankruptcies and state-protected entrepreneurs are on the rise.

    07/10/2016 - CHINA

    Most Chinese feel threatened by foreign powers

    The Pew Research Center shows that 75 per cent of Chinese fear Western powers. About 77 per cent want the government to protect their lifestyle and take care of domestic problems.

    07/10/2016 - HONG KONG - CHINA-THAILAND

    Thai authorities to Joshua Wong: If you criticize Beijing, you will also be silenced on video

    by Paul Wang

    The Bangkok Post reveals the backstory of "a favor" in Beijing by the Thai authorities. Lawyers for Human Rights: Bangkok has violated the UN Convention, and must apologize. And Hong Kong and Beijing must issue a formal complaint for "illegal detention."


    06/10/2016 - ASIA – CHINA

    Beijing talks tough about a "new Cold War"

    by Willy Lam

    A new geopolitical order seems to be taking shape in the Asia-Pacific region. On one side is China, Russia, and North Korea; on the other, the United States, South Korea, Japan and the nations of Southeast Asia. Beijing is trying to impose alliances on its neighbors using also the weapon of economic benefits. However, many countries in the region precisely fear China’s growing power. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.

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    The new bishop of Changzhi and the many voices on China-Vatican dialogue

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".


    Pope: the cruelty of those who kill children in Iraq “makes us weep”

    "Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed for far too long against innocent citizens, be they Muslim, Christian or members of other ethnic groups and religions."  World Mission Day “is time of courage”.


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