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  • 18/10/2017 - CHINA

    Xi’s opening speech lasted more than three hours. China will be a "modern socialist power" under the leadership of the Communist Party. The fight against corruption and the opening up of the economy will continue. Xi Jinping pursues his rise.




    17/10/2017 - CHINA

    On eve of Congress, the Party controls everything: dissidents, climate, economics

    by Wang Zhicheng

    At least 14 activists, bloggers, democracy artists arrested or "traveling". Security stepped up at Beijing Metro Stations. Steel mills, chemical factories and construction industry closed down to reduce pollution. Economic data manipulated by the government in the name of stability.


    16/10/2017 - CHINA

    China's Communist Party expels former Justice Minister Wu Aiying

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Her expulsion happened unexpectedly. Together with her, 11 more members of the Central Committee were expelled. Eighteen members of the Central Committee and 17 non-permanent members haveb been under investigation for corruption since 2012.


    13/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Rajapaksa’s son arrested for protesting sale of airport named after his father


    The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport was funded by a Chinese loan. It is one of the world’s least used airports, servicing just one flight a day. India would have offered US 0 million for the purchase.


    12/10/2017 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Catholics dedicated Mass to remember disappeared Chinese bishop

    by Li Yuan

    The 85-year-old bishop of Baoding was abducted by police on October 8 1997. There had been no further news of his whereabouts since then. Msgr. Yeung of Hong Kong: We hope he is alive. A book in print and online to remember his life and influence in the Christian community. Justice and Peace official: We need to discover what made him so firm in his faith.


    11/10/2017 - CHINA

    The Party's Central Committee gives last touches to preparation for congressional meetings and praise for Xi Jinping

    by Wang Zhicheng

    There is a report of the work done in five years, the amendment to the Constitution to include Xi Jinping's thought; a report on disciplinary inspections. China's economic successes over the past five years also published.


    11/10/2017 - UN - ASIA

    U.N. Chief says death penalty has 'no place in 21st century’


    He urged member states that still carry out executions to join the 170 countries that have halted or abolished the practice. China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq responsible for 87 per cent of all recorded executions. In 2016, executions worldwide were down 37 per cent from 2015. The risk of a miscarriage of justice is an "unacceptably high price" to pay.

     


    10/10/2017 - VATICAN - MYANMAR - BANGLADESH

    Pope Francis travels to Yangon and Dhaka, to meet Asia’s smaller Churches

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The Holy See's press office publishes the detailed itinerary of the papal journey. The various meetings with political personalities, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, and those with Catholic communities and representatives of religions. Laity and coexistence between religions. The Churches of Bangladesh and Myanmar "peripheries" and "insignificant", poor and evangelizing, reflections of Pope Francis's dream. Suggestions for India and China.


    10/10/2017 - CHINA

    More heads roll over corruption ahead of Party Congress


    He Ting, Chief of Chongqing Police is expelled; deputy-mayor Mu Huaping and Xia Chongyuan, former director of the Ministry of Public Security's Political Department under investigation. Accused of corruption, but also of "superstitious activities," an increasingly widespread charge in the convictions against party members, who are held to uphold a strict atheism. Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign has eliminated 250 senior members and punished at least 1.4 million party officials.


    09/10/2017 - CHINA

    2.5 % of GDP to improve the level of Chinese universities


    42 universities to become of the world's top education centers by 2050. Another 96 must become competitive with other universities in the world. Aim to turn China into a global center for scientific research and development. Most Chinese universities are at the bottom of the list.


    09/10/2017 - TAIWAN-VATICAN

    'Caught in the Net': the 24th World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea in Taiwan

    by Xin Yage

    Held from October 1 to 7. A telegram from Pope Francis and the intervention of Card. Turkson. The drama of fishermen, often underpaid and forced laborers in the hands of criminal organizations. On the island, four service and training centres for fishermen and sailors.


    07/10/2017 - CHINA

    Students are main workforce for leading computer manufacturer


    According to a Hong Kong non-profit group, some of world's main laptops are made by 16-year-old Chinese students working 12 hours a day. The company defines allegations as "untrue and unfair".


    05/10/2017 - CHINA

    China's dropping wages spark strikes by food delivery drivers


    The sector has a very low profit margin. Meituan drivers saw their pay and delivery time cut. Ele.me drivers have not been paid in two months. According to estimates, at least 200 strikes have occurred per month in China in 2016.


    04/10/2017 - CHINA – EUROPEAN UNION

    As Chinese e-bikes invade Europe, new anti-dumping rules are demanded


    So far this year, 800,000 Chinese e-bikes have been imported in Europe. China has an overproduction of 23 million units. The new rules seek to penalise overproduced Chinese goods subsidised by the government.


    04/10/2017 - CHINA

    Coal capital Taiyuan bans coal


    It was among the ten most polluted cities in the world. In 2016 it was the most polluted in China. The state-owned companies producing steel and energy are excluded from the ban. About 134,000 families will switch from coal to electric or gas heating.


    03/10/2017 - VATICAN-ASIA-USA

    Condolences from the Pope and Asia for Las Vegas massacre


    A telegram signed by Card. Parolin to the bishop of Las Vegas. Condolences of South Korean President and Chinese Xi Jinping. 59 people killed and more than 500 injured. The killer is a 64 year old man, very rich, maybe a psychopath. The Islamic State claims the attack, but claim without foundations.


    02/10/2017 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Hong Kong, thousands march for democracy on Chinese national holiday


    A day not for celebration, but for "national sadness" for the "status of the rule of law in Hong Kong." The memory of the three young Occupy Central activists sentenced to months in jail by will of the city government. "Political persecution" also for co-founders of umbrella movement. Demonstrators call for the resignation of justice secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, branded Beijing’s "puppet".


    30/09/2017 - TAIWAN

    New Fu Jen university hospital opened

    by Xin Yage

    Cardinals Turkson, Prefect of Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development, and Card. Bo of Yangon present. The mission of doctors and healthcare professionals to accompany the patient, judged "useless" by contemporary culture. The appreciation of Vice-President Chen Chien-jen.


    30/09/2017 - LAOS

    Vientiane, the fastest growing ivory market


    Increased sales aided by slow application of anti-trafficking laws and cheap prices. Beijing pledging to eliminate sales by the end of the year, demand moves across the border. Chinese visitors buy 80% of ivory for sale in Laos. Survival of the African elephant at risk.


    29/09/2017 - CHINA

    Golden Week of tourism: More than 700 million visitors in Beijing, Hainan and Yunnan


    China’s National Day (1st October) and Mid-Autumn Festival (4 October) fall next week. More than 60 per cent of Chinese plan a holiday. Beijing is the most sought-after destination with 587,000 flights booked. Tourism revenues are expected to top US$ 88 billion.


    28/09/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    Mgr Savio Hon appointed nuncio to Athens


    He is the only high level Chinese member of the Roman Curia. He edited the Chinese translation of the catechism of the Catholic Church. He is well respected by many underground Catholics, many of whom he met during his stay in China. He attended the AsiaNews symposium on "China: The cross is red."


    28/09/2017 - MALAYSIA – CHINA

    Kuala Lumpur arrests and deports 29 Uighurs to China


    They had entered the country on false passports. They are accused of being Islamic State militants. The two countries boost anti-terrorism and cross-border co-operation.


    27/09/2017 - CHINA

    Chinese Communist Party is powerless, as religion enters stadiums

    by Paul Wang

    Henan Jianye won a match avoiding relegation after 15 Taoist priests performed a prayer on their football pitch before the match. Since it improved its stadium's feng-shui, a Guangzhou team has been on a winning streak.


    27/09/2017 - TAIWAN - CHINA

    Taipei Premier: I love China, but I support Taiwan's independence


    It is the first time that a premier has publically supported the total autonomy of the island, which will almost certainly cause the wrath of Beijing. Tsai Ing-wen's office backs the President, albeit asserting its dedication to peace in the region and maintaining stability in the Taiwan Strait.


    26/09/2017 - CHINA

    WhatsApp in the crosshair of Chinese censorship


    For more than a week the app had dropped in and out with periods of total disruption. Photo sharing and voice messaging have become impossible. The app provides end-to-end encryption. As the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress approaches, the government has tightened censorship.


    25/09/2017 - CHINA

    What is Xi Jinping thought?

    by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    At the next Congress, Xi Jinping's thinking will be included in the party's constitution, just like Mao Zedong's was. But this thought seems only to be made of rhetoric, nationalism, and an emphasis on China's greatness. Xi's much-vaunted contribution to Chinese-style communism tends to stop reforms to maintain power in the hands of the party and his own. Mao looked to the future; Xi is trying to hold onto the status quo. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    25/09/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Msgr. Mathew Hu Xiande, bishop of Ningbo, has died

    by Paul Wang

    Because of persecution, he had to delay his priestly ordination for nearly 30 years. Subjected to seven years of forced labor. He contributed to the rebirth of the diocese. He was an official bishop, recognized by the Holy See and the Chinese government.


    23/09/2017 - CHINA – NORTH KOREA

    Beijing limits oil exports to North Korea


    Following last week’s UN sanctions, China will restrict oil exports on 1st October and suspend textile imports on 30 September. Meanwhile, petrol prices have gone by 20 per cent. Workers’ Party and military stage rallies in support of Kim Jong-un's statement against the US and Trump.


    22/09/2017 - CHINA

    S&P’s downgrade of China’s sovereign debt angers Beijing


    China’s sovereign credit goes from AA- to A after “a prolonged period of strong credit growth”. The downgrade could make it costlier for Chinese companies and government to borrow money on international markets. China’s Finance Ministry calls it the “wrong decision”.


    20/09/2017 - US-KOREA-UN

    Trump threatens the 'total destruction' of North Korea. Silence from Seoul and Tokyo


    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.






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    MYANMAR
    Rohingya not only group persecuted in Myanmar, Christian minorities are as well



    Ethnic Kachin, Chin and Naga endure suffering. Religious discrimination is in some cases even institutionalised. Christians are seen as the expression of a foreign religion, outside of the nationalist view. For years the military regime has applied stringent discriminatory measures.


    VATICAN - ASIA
    The world is in urgent need of the Church's mission

    Bernardo Cervellera

    October is a month devoted to awakening the call to mission among Christians. In the world there is indifference or enmity towards God and the Church. Religions are considered the source of all wars. Christianity is the encounter with a Person who changes the life of the believer and places him at the service of the wounds of the world, torn by frustrations and fratricidal wars. The example of the Patriarch of Baghdad and of the President of South Korea.


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