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  • 20/09/2017 - US-KOREA-UN

    Veiled criticism of China, Pyongyang's ally. The irony of Chinese newspapers. An attack on North Korea would hit the South, Japan, and the North Asia region.




    19/09/2017 - INDONESIA

    Anti-Communist protests are designed to create problems for the president

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    "Spreading rumours and falsehoods on social media about the rebirth of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) is nonsense, a fantasy," said historian Asvi Marwan Adam of the Indonesian Science Institute (LIPI). The goal is to make Jokowi less popular and crate frictions with religious leaders, especially those of the Nahdlatul Ulama.


    15/09/2017 - CHINA

    China’s economy slowing down again


    In the second half of the year growth will be 6.7. In the first half, it was 6.9. Next year it should drop some more, to 6 per cent, the lowest level in 30 years. This stems from lower industrial output and less credit.


    15/09/2017 - KOREA

    Pyongyang launches another missile over Japan


    An open response to sanctions decided by the UN. Yesterday, North Korea threatened to destroy Japan and reduce the United States into "ash". Critics of China and Russia who still support the North’s economy. Emergency meeting of the Security Council.


    14/09/2017 - CHINA – UNIED STATES

    NGO coalition asks US to impose sanctions on Chinese security officials for Cao Shunli’s torture and death


    The dissident died in jail four years ago. She had been tortured and denied medical care. Deputy Public Security Minister Fu Zhenghua and Beijing’s Municipal Public Security Bureau deputy head Tao Jing stand accused.


    12/09/2017 - CHINA

    Wang Zuoan: foreign religions are “infiltrating” and threatening China

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The head of the Religious Affairs Bureau defends new regulations on religious activities. Religious discussions on the internet and "illegal" religious meetings represent a “danger”.


    12/09/2017 - UN-KOREA

    UN, new sanctions for Pyongyang, also backed by Russia and China


    The US draft “watered-down": only 30% of North's petroleum, textiles and work exports cut. No freezing of Kim Jong-un's foreign accounts. For Pyongyang, the US is "a thirsty animal". Seoul excludes the return of US nuclear warheads.


    11/09/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    New regulations on religions: Annihilate underground communities, suffocate official communities

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Few articles added to the draft. Religions viewed not as the "opium" but the "plague" of peoples. Spasmodic control at all levels of political power of official religions. Massive fines for members of unofficial communities. Seizure and closure of "illegal sites" by the State. Expulsions from schools for "proselytism" activities.


    11/09/2017 - CHINA-TAIWAN

    Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh 'guilty' of subversion


    Trail underway in Yueyang (Hunan). Huge security measures. Lee maintained contact with civil society groups in China, sharing Taiwan's "democratic experiences" with them. His wife present at the trial.


    09/09/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Mgr Peter Shao Zhumin under guard in a Beijing hospital

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    He underwent an ear operation. He was banned from attending the funeral of an elderly witness to the faith, Fr John Wang, who spent 12 years of in a prison camp. The bishop’s secretary was also taken to prevent him from attending Fr Wang’s funeral.


    08/09/2017 - UNITED STATES – CHINA

    Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui asks asylum in the US


    On the run since 2014, he fears Beijing’s retribution. The Chinese government wants the tycoon arrested. Guo is under investigation in China for corruption, kidnapping, fraud, money laundering and rape. He denies the charges, which he claims are politically motivated. No extradition treaty exists between the US and China. His tourist visa in the US will expire by the end of the year.


    07/09/2017 - TAIWAN-CHINA

    Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh arrested in China to be put on trial


    Lee shared Taiwan's "democratic experiences" with civil society groups in China. He was held in isolation by police for 170 days. His wife launches an international campaign for her release.


    07/09/2017 - CHINA-US-KOREA

    Xi Jinping and Trump in joint condemnation of Pyongyang nuclear test


    The nuclear test is "a provocative and destabilizing action", "dangerous to the world" and is not in Pyongyang's best interests. North Ambassador to the UN: The test is "a gift package to the US". Four more  Thaad anti-missile launchers installed, angering Beijing and Moscow.


    06/09/2017 - CHINA

    Hundreds of goats die in Shandong from pesticides


    The animals ate onions exposed to an illegal toxic chemical. The same spring onions were also sold to the public.


    04/09/2017 - CHINA – ITALY

    Chinese fleeing to Italy so as not to give up their religious faith


    An association has studied the growing trend. Many converted after discovering "a spiritual tendency that was initially ignored" in order to leave behind the materialism inculcated by the communist regime. Only a few get international protection. For commissions, they are not at risk in China despite the latter’s numerous human rights violations.


    04/09/2017 - KOREA-ASIA

    Global reactions to the 'earthquake' of Pyongyang's nuclear test.


    UN Security Council convokes  emergency meeting for this afternoon.  Yesterday’s hydrogen almost 10 times stronger than the previous one. North Korea celebrates "perfect success". Seoul and Tokyo demand maximum increase in sanctions to bring Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table. Military exercises with missiles in the south. Threats to military operations by the US. For some analysts, the aim is to provoke China's embarrassment.


    01/09/2017 - VIETNAM – CHINA

    Chinese ships attack Vietnamese fishermen

    by Hoang Chau

    01/09/2017 - CHINA

    The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is set for 18 October

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Xi Jinping is expected to be re-elected as general secretary and get his thoughts put into the party’s constitution, like Mao and Deng. With his anti-corruption campaign, he has eliminated personal enemies. His achievements are being promoted on TV and print.


    01/09/2017 - VATICAN-ORTHODOX

    Pope Francis and Bartholomew: Joint Message for the Care of Creation


    The Pope and Patriarch of Constantinople, for the first time, co-sign the Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, marked on 1 September. Nature is not seen as a gift, but as a private possession to lord over. "The human and the natural environment are deteriorating together." Climate change affects primarily the poor. We need a "shared and accountable" responsibility, giving priority to “solidarity and service”.


    31/08/2017 - ASIA

    UN report says 80 per cent of rivers in Asia-Pacific are polluted with 1.8 million deaths a year


    The United Nations Environment Programme report covers 41 countries. About 1.7 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation. Almost 80 per cent of wastewater goes into water bodies with serious consequences for health and the environment.


    31/08/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    As Catholics keep vigils for Changzhi church, social media and diocese website are blacked out


    The local bishop is still talking with the head of the local Religious Affairs Bureau. No solution has been reached to satisfy the local Catholic community. The faithful plan night vigils and prayers.


    30/08/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Vigil continues around the Changzhi church at risk of expropriation and demolition (video)


    The bishop, Msgr. Ding denounces the local government's turnaround and yesterday's beatings. Thugs, police and soldiers attack faithful. "Kill the priests first!" Several Catholics' cars have been destroyed. The sad connection with China-Vatican dialogue. The betrayal of Xi Jinping's words.


    30/08/2017 - CHINA

    For Hu Jia, Liu Xia is "at even more risk than Liu Xiaobo was"


    No one has seen her since her husband’s funeral. For her friends, she is still being held by the authorities. Many worry about her physical and mental health. Many activists are preparing to commemorate Liu Xiaobo in spite of Beijing's censorship.


    29/08/2017 - CHINA

    Chinese Catholics try to stop the demolition of their church in Changzhi, Shanxi (VIDEO)


    The monumental church is a hundred years old. Ten years ago, the authorities authorised its restoration; now they want to demolish it and replace it with a public square. Catholics turned to praying to get the authorities to respect “the law of the state that protects freedom of religion”. In light of local resistance, the authorities have stopped the demolition.


    29/08/2017 - INDIA - CHINA

    Peace found between India and China: the threat of a military clash passes


    Delhi ordered the withdrawal of troops from the Doklam highland. China has blocked the construction of a road. Two countries meet halfway. For more than three months, fears of the outbreak of a regional war.


    28/08/2017 - TIBET – CHINA

    A Tibetan Buddhist academy placed under the direct management of the atheist Communist Party


    The centre’s new director, secretary and members of the board of directors are all party members, atheists, non-believers in Buddhism. The demolition of student houses continues. The authorities plan to develop the area for tourism.


    28/08/2017 - CHINA

    Wanda denies president detained. Shares tumble by 10%


    Over the weekend, rumors circled that Wang Jianlin and his family were detained at Tianjin Airport. The company denies and accuses "individuals with additional motives".


    26/08/2017 - CHINA

    Orphan children in martial arts cages


    Since 2001 the Enbo club has recruited at least 400 children to train for commercial fights. Boys do not want to go home because they have no parents or they are disabled. They also reject plain jobs like animal herding or factory work.


    25/08/2017 - MACAU

    Mgr Stephen Lee's message calls for collaboration to heal Macau after typhoon Hato (Video)

    by Stephen Lee

    The bishop of Macau urges affected people, government, volunteer organisations and charities to work together. The people of Macau have shown their generosity to the wounded, the needy, and seniors living alone. Schools will open after the clean-up. This “is not the time now for lamenting," he said Chinese soldiers are helping the clean-up.


    25/08/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA – CHINA

    Riyadh out to conquer Beijing and oil in Yunnan


    The Saudis want to overtake Russia in crude oil sales to China. Plan dates back to 2011, but was stopped by the Chinese government. Meanwhile, the use of electric cars in China is growing.


    25/08/2017 - SRI LANKA - CHINA

    Prime Minister Sirisina dismisses his jjustice minister: too critical of China


    Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe publicly condemned the multimillion dollar agreement on Hambantota Harbor. The sale to Beijing of 70% of the stock is worth 1.1 billion dollars. The protests of the local population, which fears being evicted.






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    JAPAN - VATICAN
    Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japan

    Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

    The bishop of Niigata and President of Caritas Japan comments on yesterday’s papal message sent to the bishops of Japan. The journey stages of Card. Filoni, which will also touch Fukushima. The question of the relationship with the Neocatechumenal Way is still "unresolved".


    VATICAN - JAPAN
    Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends



    During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.


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