09/01/2015CHINA Chinese manufacturing down in August, fueling fresh fears for markets Official figures show a 49.7 contraction in the industry, the fastest in three years. Experts skeptical about the real extent of the phenomenon, which could be "much worse". Markets hold, but with difficulty. Beijing (AsiaNews) - Chinese manufacturing activity contracted in August 2015 at the fastest pace in three years. The figures, just released, confirm fears of a general slowdown in the Chinese economy. Asian...
08/31/2015CHINA Zhang Kai, a courageous lawyer who defended Zhejiang crosses with law books Arrested on 25 August, Zhang has not been heard ever since. He was the main defence lawyer in the case involving Churches and Christians in the province of Zhejiang. A devout Christian, he was able to get charges against Protestant Churches and clergymen overturned. “Just by going by the book,” he was able to save many churches and open a new path for defending people’s rights and religious freedom in China. What is more, “I have God as my backer,” he said.
08/31/2015TIBET Mother of four dies after setting herself on fire against village demolitions Tashi Kyi also leaves behind her husband and her elderly father. She is the seventh victim since the beginning of 2015. Her nephew: "She was a generous believer and devoted to her family, she lived in good conditions". The woman was protesting against the repressive policies of Beijing. The police have seized her body. International Film Festival in Dharamsala, India, screens documentary film about self-immolations of Tibetan dissidents.
08/30/2015VATICAN For pope, the blessed martyr Flavianus Michael Malke can bring “consolation” to persecuted Mideast Christians During the Angelus, Pope Francis mentioned yesterday’s beatification in Harissa (Lebanon) of the bishop killed during the Armenian-Syriac Genocide (1915), appealing to the international community to "do something" to end violence and abuses against religious freedom. He also urged the faithful to pray for the migrants who died trying to reach Europe, with a minute of silence observed for the 71 victims who suffocated to death in a lorry on their way to Vienna. “With external attitudes, one cannot call oneself a Christian unless one changes one’s heart,” he said. “The border between good and evil does not run outside of us but within us, in our consciousness."
08/29/2015IRAN - CHINA Tehran and Beijing to develop closer ties, work on Arak nuclear reactor project China will play a leading role in redesigning the Arak heavy-water reactor to reduce its plutonium output from 10 kg to less than 1kg. It might also help Iran build two small, 100 megawatts nuclear reactors. China, Iran and the US are set to meet in mid-September at the International Atomic Energy Agency's general conference.
08/28/2015KYRGYZSTAN - CHINA Chinese-funded project gives Kyrgyzstan its first independent power transmission line Construction on the Datka-Kemin power transmission line began at the Kemin substation in 2012. A Chinese company built the US$ 390 million project. Before, Kyrgyzstan relied on other countries for energy, now it “will not only meet the needs of the country, but it will also export electricity,” the president said.
08/28/2015VATICAN - IRAQ Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees by Bernardo Cervellera The Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews.
08/28/2015CHINA Christian lawyer arrested over his involvement against cross removals in Zhejiang Zhang Kai has been in police custody since Tuesday. He has led the legal fight to defend Christian rights in the province. His law firm of Beijing issued a note of protest against his detention. In recent days, scores of clergymen have been detained and interrogated. Government censorship against activists and religions is tightening.
08/27/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong government’s vendetta against students and Occupy Central founders by Paul Wang Three student leaders - Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow – have been accused of unlawful assembly and inciting others to take part in. Benny Tai, Robert Chung, and Daniel Chua have been accused of receiving anonymous donations to promote pro-democracy referendum, and conducting public opinion studies on the matter.
08/27/2015CHINA Government and industry officials involved in Tianjin explosion arrested Those arrested include the president and vice president of the Rui Hai International Logistics. 500 people are still hospitalized. Fear of environmental pollution and water pollution remains high. Meanwhile, prosecutors are investigating 11 others, suspected of negligence and abuse of power.
08/26/2015VATICAN Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive" At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the value of prayer in family life. Rediscovering our love for God. He is not only "the great Being, the Almighty, who created all things, the judge who controls every action." "There are mothers and fathers who could win the Nobel Prize" because in 24 hours they do things that they would need 48 hours for. "The Gospel read and pondered in the family is like a good bread that nourishes everyone’s heart". Appointment for September 1 at 17 in St. Peter for a Liturgy of the Word on the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation, together with the Orthodox.