05/23/2015CHINA Beijing plans the first landing on the "dark side" of the Moon The Chang'e 4 spacecraft would reach the earth’s satellite by 2020, then land a rover to the surface to analyse it. China’s interest in space is growing, with the moon’s raw materials wetting its appetite. Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – China is planning a space mission to the "dark side" of the Moon by 2020. If successful, it would be first country to do so. The planned mission would see the Chang'e 4 spacecraft orbit the moon before landing a rover on its...
05/23/2015TAJIKISTAN – CHINA Dushanbe and Beijing sign extradition deal with Uighurs in mind Beijing has signed a series of agreements with the countries of Central Asia to repatriate Uighur Muslims. In Chinese prisons, convicts are sentenced to severe penalties, including death. Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have repatriated prisoners who had sought asylum on humanitarian grounds.
05/22/2015CHINA – ASIA Beijing and Delhi to lead Asian ‘super bank’ A consensus has emerged from a meeting of the lender’s founding members. To avoid undue European influence, Asian members have accepted that China’s share of the bank’s capitalisation will be between 25 and 30 per cent with India as second largest shareholder. Germany will be represented on the bank’s board of directors.
05/22/2015CHINA Beijing returns to Soviet planning to save the Party by Willy Lam The Chinese economic strategy emphasizes the role of state-controlled companies. President Xi: "The Chinese Communist Party should control the economy if it wants to rule the country forever." Big profits for private companies close to the Party elite. The initiative strengthens control over interior regions and contains the centrifugal forces. Beijing can absorb the nation’s excess production. The theory of the "three non-changes". The marginalization of the Premier Li Keqiang who wanted to liberalize the market.
05/21/2015CHINA – VATICAN For Xi Jinping, religions must be "Chinese" and without "foreign influences" by Wang Zhicheng At a meeting of the United Front, the Chinese president reiterated the leadership role of the Communist Party in religious matters, warning against foreign forces. His targets include Xinjiang Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and the Vatican. For a Chinese Catholic, doing so would distort the Catholic religion.
05/21/2015TIBET - CHINA Tibet, a father of four sets himself on fire in protest against Chinese rule Self-immolations climb to 140 since 2009, when this extreme form of protest against Beijing first began. Tenzin Gyatso, 35, was taken away by police in critical condition: it is unclear whether he's dead or alive. The central government launches raids and searches in the Tibet ahead of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday.
05/20/2015CHINA Beijing to focus on new technologies to revamp economy The State Council unveiled an ambitious ten-year plan to upgrade manufacturing, including ocean engineering and aerospace technology, to pull the country out of its current impasse. With rising labour costs and environmental degradation, China has no choice; however, some analysts believe the private capital and foreign knowhow are needed.
05/20/2015CHINA Guizhou: woman can complete pregnancy despite order to abort Both she and her new husband had a child from their previous marriage. She had been told she would lose her job if she did not have an abortion. China’s one-child policy is enforced unequally across the country. Despite promises of easing it, violence still surrounds its enforcement.
05/20/2015VATICAN Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians "Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/19/2015ASIA Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West by Bernardo Cervellera The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
05/19/2015RUSSIA – CHINA Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory by Marta Allevato Metropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
05/18/2015CHINA – INDIA Deals worth US$ 22 billion do not end the China-India rivalry Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping sign 26 economic agreements during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Beijing. Analysts and experts downplay Chinese state media’s positive spin. The Himalayan region, the new Silk Road and the Indian Ocean are still the basis of structural “problems and mistrust between both sides”.
05/18/2015TIBET – CHINA For Tibetan leader, Tibet and the Panchen Lama are victims of cultural genocide Penpa Tsering is the speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile. On the 20th anniversary of the abduction of Tibetan Buddhism’s number two figure, he noted that China does not want him dead, but ignorant of the language, religion and culture of Tibet. This way, “he would not be in a position to communicate directly with the Tibetan people in the future.” In cities around the world, calls are heard for the release for the "youngest political prisoner in history."
05/15/2015CHINA Gao Yu’s conviction is a return into the Communist Party’s past by Bao Tong The great Chinese dissident Bao Tong, under house arrest for opposing the Tiananmen massacre, talks about the judicial harassment of the septuagenarian journalist. The court failed to find anything against her, except that she was doing a good job. Since the party controls everything, it is afraid to make public its anti-human rights dogmas. Courtesy of Radio Free Asia.