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  • 24/07/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Although in a low key - perhaps because of talks with the Vatican - the slogan for an "autonomous" and "independent" Church (from the Holy See) is completely subjugated to Party politics. Official bishops die like "state officials" far from the faithful. They are required to enroll in the Party that forces its members to atheism. THere are few  "witnesses" among official bishops and amny  "opportunists". The opinion of a priest of the official Church.


    by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

    22/07/2017 - CHINA

    No one knows where Liu Xia is, but police guard her empty apartment

    No response to foreign journalists ' request for news. Friends say they have no information about Liu Xiaobo's wife and believe sh is being kept under police control in the southern Yunnan province


    21/07/2017 - CHINA

    Communist Party threatens to punish members if they are religious

    The party remains concerned about the enduring issue. “Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party rules and stick to the Party's faith,” one official writes. They should not be “allowed to seek value and belief in religion”.

    20/07/2017 - CHINA

    Liu Xia on forced "vacation". Activists remember her husband seven days after his death

    According to the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in China, she it is being held in isolation by police in Yunnan province. Ceremonies are being held everywhere to remember the Nobel Prize laureate one week after his death, but Beijing is closely monitoring and censoring any reference to the dissident.

    20/07/2017 - CHINA - INDIA

    Modi’s Hindu nationalism could trigger another war, the Global Times says

    A belligerent editorial in the Chinese Communist Party newspaper clarifies Beijing's position. Tensions have reignited between China and India near the border with Bhutan, on the Doklam plateau claimed by China. The armies have been facing off for about a month. India feels still surrounded.

    19/07/2017 - CHINA - TIBET

    Gansu: Beijing forces Tibetans to wave the Chinese flag

    The incident occurred at a summer festival that opens the region's picnic season. In the past, Tibetans had refused to obey and the authorities had sent soldiers disguised as Tibetans to carry the Chinese flag.

    18/07/2017 - CHINA

    Xi Jinping wants more imports and foreign investment

    The Chinese president said that foreign firms should be able to benefit from the same treatment as Chinese companies. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Xi stood as a defender of free trade and globalisation against Donald Trump's protectionism, but foreign companies operating in China complain of obstacles they face to do business in that country.

    17/07/2017 - CHINA

    China censors Winnie the Pooh

    The Disney-owned character has become a “sensitive” topic in recent years after a less-than-flattering comparison was made between the portly bear and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Some post the name and picture just to see how quickly they are censored.

    17/07/2017 - CHINA

    Liu Xiaobo: a torch that enlightens human civilization

    The testimony of the great nonviolent dissident is the highest contribution to humanity in the last (sterile) 500 years of Chinese history. A priest from North China offers an elegy in memory of Liu (and his wife).

    15/07/2017 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    Court removes four opposition members for failing to take their oath of office properly

    With their disqualification, the opposition loses its ability to block parliamentary decisions. The court acted on the urging of the chief executive, “inspired” by Beijing.

    14/07/2017 - CHINA

    China, Liu Xiaobo: Global criticism of Beijing

    Harsh comments on the government's no to overseas treatment.  Focus now on concerns for his wife, her mental health and calls for her freedom. Twitter creates #FreeLiuXia hashtag.

    14/07/2017 - CHINA - TIBET

    The Dalai Lama’s condolences for Liu Xiaobo

    According to the Dalai Lama, "although he is no longer living, the rest of us can best pay honor to Liu Xiabo by carrying forward the principles he has long embodied, which would lead to a more harmonious, stable and prosperous China." “It is my belief that Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s unceasing efforts in the cause of freedom will bear fruit before long”.

    14/07/2017 - CHINA - HONG KONG

    China, Liu Xiaobo: Hong Kong's mourners call for the liberation of his wife

    by Victoria Ma

    Cardinal Zen: "Your blood has not been spilled in vain." Candel light vigils organized in Hong Kong and throughout the country. Alliance: the population has the right to cry for Liu, no interference in the mourning.

    13/07/2017 - CHINA

    China: Djibouti home to Beijing’s first foreign military base

    The main role of the base is to support the Chinese warships used in the region in anti-piracy operations. Even the United States, France and Japan have permanent military bases in Djibouti. The former French colony is strategically located, offering access to the strait of Bab el-Mandeb connecting the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

    12/07/2017 - CHINA

    Hong Kong Christians seek overseas care for Liu Xiaobo

    According to Shenyang Hospital's medical report, the dissident's conditions are critical: the liver cancer is in terminal, requiring  dialysis, and resuscitation. But foreign doctors allowed to visit him on July 9 said he could still travel. Christians in Hong Kong cite  to art. 33 of the Chinese Constitution: "The country respects and protects the human rights of citizens," they demand respect for Liu Xiaobo's right to life and for his choice to seek treatment abroad.

    11/07/2017 - CHINA

    Xi Jinping and the Restoration of Traditionalism in China

    by Zi Yang (*)

    A new campaign is underway to rediscover and implement Chinese traditional culture. The promoter is the state and the general secretary of the Communist Party. Marxism has lost all its charm with the people. The campaign responds to the spiritual void felt by many Chinese and at the same time draws the fascination that Western culture and democracy exemplify between intellectuals and people. Confucianism, once despised by the party and Mao, now becomes an educational model. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.

    10/07/2017 - CHINA

    American and German experts say Liu Xiaobo can be treated abroad

    Two doctors visited the dissident. According to Beijing authorities, Liu was too ill to be transported. For the Chinese hospital "he does not have better options abroad".

    10/07/2017 - NORTH KOREA – UNITED STATES

    Pyongyang reacts to US bombers in Korean skies

    "The US, with its dangerous military provocation, is pushing the risk of a nuclear war on the peninsula to a tipping point,” wrote North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper in an editorial. “The US saying it will regularly deploy strategic bombers to the Korean Peninsula is the same as a crazy act of playing fire on top of an ammunitions locker. A small misjudgement or error can immediately lead to the beginning of a nuclear war, which will inevitably lead to another world war,” the paper added. Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-In tries to keep the door open to dialogue.

    08/07/2017 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Hong Kong Christians pray for Liu Xiaobo and his wife. Cardinal Zen: Tell the truth like him

    by Victoria Ma

    A vigil of almost 300 Catholics and Protestants for the great dissident who is dying from terminal cancer liver cancer and for his wife. Liu is "China's Conscience." Cardinal Zen: He is like a prophet of the Old Testament. Rev Wu: His writings are full of Christian values. Postcards to sign and send to the Liu family: "Xiaobo, we are with you".

    08/07/2017 - UN

    Over 100 countries vote for the prohibition of nuclear arms, but big powers rebel

    The text was approved with 122 votes in favor, one against, one abstention. But none of the nine nuclear countries -  US, Russia, China, France, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel - took part in the debate or vote. Vatican support and the appreciation of UN Secretary-General Guterres.

    07/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to G20: Address ongoing conflicts and migration for an inclusive and sustainable global economy

    Following the request of Angela Merkel, Pope Francis writes to heads of state and government in Hamburg for the summit of the world's major economies. A "heartfelt appeal"  to address the tragic situations of South Sudan, Lake Chad, Horn of Africa and Yemen, where there are 30 million people who have no food and water to survive. " The contradiction between apparent unity in the "common economic forums" and the persistence of "armed conflicts". Take an example from the great leaders of the recent past: Schuman, De Gasperi, Adenauer, Monnet. Bear in mind the great majority of the population, even though it represents only 10% of the world economy.

    07/07/2017 - CHINA

    Doctors tell Liu Xiaobo's family to prepare for his death

    Treatment against liver cancer interrupted, in preference of palliative care. The invitation from specialists from the United States and Germany halted over bureaucratic issues. Liu's friends suspect that authorities want to let him die.

    06/07/2017 - CHINA

    Protests and arrest in Hunan after flooding hits southern China

    Bad weather continues in at least 11 provinces. More than 11 million people are affected. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged, crops lost, trains and flights cancelled. At least 3,000 policemen have been deployed in rescue and security operations. Protesters clash with police over the government's slowness.

    06/07/2017 - CHINA

    Chinese family bound and gagged to demolish house

    The family had refused compensation from local authorities for their home. Forced removal and demolition are a persistent problem in China, especially in its vast rural areas, after decades of rapid development and urbanisation. Home owners who refuse to leave have been beaten and even killed, making the issue one of the main causes of social tensions and unrest.

    06/07/2017 - KOREA-US-UN

    United States: Military option against Pyongyang, 'if we have to.' Moon: No to escalation

    At the UN Security Council's emergency meeting, the US ambassador urges new sanctions against countries that have relations with North Korea, namely China. Beijing and Moscow: reduce tensions. South Korean President: Sanctions and pressure have to push for dialogue and not to destroy peace.

    05/07/2017 - CHINA - MALAYSIA

    Chinese goddess of the sea travels by plane

    The statue of the goddess Mazu traveled along with those of Qianliyan and Shunfeng'er, her celestial guardians. They  are on tour in Kuala Lumpur part of a cultural exchange to pay tribute to the goddess of the sea and festival in her name. The episode comes under China's newfound religious revival.


    05/07/2017 - KOREA-UN

    Doubts surround power of Pyongyang missiles. Moon decides to follow the path of sanctions and dialogue

    Kim Jong-un's rhetoric: The Missile, "a gift to American bastards," on Independence Day. "Now we can hit the whole world." But the missile may have disintegrated into the air, on re-entering the atmosphere. Doubts about the ability to miniaturize nuclear warheads to be included in the missile cone. At the UN Security Council, the US will seek further sanctions. Seoul reiterates the importance of the path of dialogue. Antonio Guterres: The international community must remain united.

    05/07/2017 - CHINA

    Foreign Doctors invited to China to treat 'subversive' Nobel Peace Laureate, Liu Xiaobo

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Medical experts from the United States and Germany. Hopes that the dissident can be brought abroad for treatment. Open letter to the G20 leaders to press Xi Jinping, who will be present at the Hamburg meeting. Visitors to the hospital could not find the patient.

    04/07/2017 - CHINA – AFRICA

    Hong Kong is the financial and operational base of Chinese investment in Africa

    In 2016, US$ 62 billion in foreign investment went through Hong Kong, 59 billion to Africa. About 90 per cent of the 10,000 Chinese companies operating in Africa are privately owned. The former British colony does as well as the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands and is used by the Chinese government for investments in Africa. China could amass combined revenues of US$ 440 billion by 2025. At present, it is already Africa’s top economic partner. Non-compliance with labour regulations remains.

    04/07/2017 - KOREA-US-CHINA

    Another missile from North Korea. Kim teases Trump and China. Moon asks for UN intervention

    Pyongyang claims a successful launch of an "intercontinental" missile. The Japanese government submits a formal protest to the UN. South Korean President Moon Jae-in also calls for the United Nations to intervene. The G20 in Hamburg will discuss the event in a trilateral meeting between Abe, Trump and Moon.

    Editor's choices

    Liu Xiaobo: a torch that enlightens human civilization

    The testimony of the great nonviolent dissident is the highest contribution to humanity in the last (sterile) 500 years of Chinese history. A priest from North China offers an elegy in memory of Liu (and his wife).

    Crosses broken and cemetery desecrated in Goa due to religious hatred, Mgr Neri Ferrao says

    The broken crosses were left on the side of the road. Some 28 niches, five wooden crosses, nine granite crosses, 16 graves and the big entrance cross at the Guardian Angel cemetery were damaged. At a Hindu extremist meeting, a leader said “those who eat cow should be hanged in public,” noted Sajan K George.


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