09/19/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central adopts "Taiwan model" for protests The goal is to maintain calm during demonstrations, as the 'sunflower' movement did in Taipei, which forced the Taiwan government to back down on a trade pact with Beijing. The behaviour of pro-Beijing officials is eliciting growing disdain. They are "resorting to red-guard tactics to resist change". Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The next street demonstrations organised by Occupy Central in favour of democracy in Hong Kong will follow Taiwan's 'sunflower' movement: no impulsive behaviour, violent provocations or...
09/19/2014CHINA China, internment in a mental hospital for criticizing government The new Mental Health Act of 2013 prohibits the forced hospitalization without consulting a doctor, but the authorities ignore it. Shi Genyuan and Song Zaimin "disappear" after their arrest and reappear in psychiatric facilities, tied to the bed and sedated. The practice has been going on for decades.
09/18/2014CHINA - VATICAN Chinese Church: confidence and caution in Pope Francis' invitation to Xi Jinping to meet at the Vatican by Bernardo Cervellera The story first reported by an Argentinian online paper stands out in Catholic websites in China. The pontiff's hand written letter was delivered to close Xi aides. For a priest in northern China, this is a first step that shows great respect for the Chinese president. The second step will be to speak about the problems of the Catholic Church in China. Hong Kong waits for Xi's response before evaluating matters. China and the Vatican see eye to eye on a multi-polar world and the problems of the Middle East. Ping-pong diplomacy is played out for world peace and religious freedom and democracy in China.
09/18/2014INDIA - CHINA Xi Jinping in India to "create a better tomorrow" for Asia and humanity As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed China's president, praising the new bilateral entente, which will enable them to "script history". Long-term trading partners, the two Asian giants want to boot their relationship to make Asia the main player in the third millennium as the end of the US-centred unipolar world comes to an end. Both leaders also represent a major generational shift since they were born after their respective country's foundational moments.
09/18/2014TAIWAN Taipei and food scandals, damages to the tune of 130 million euro by Xin Yage After the investigation into the Guann Chang Co. - guilty of producing oil from expired products - the government runs for cover: investigations, convictions, fines and "more vigorous" inspections to stop a trend that threatens to destroy the domestic food market.
09/17/2014CHINA - HONG KONG - VATICAN Towards the synod: challenges for marriage in China, threatened by selfishness and consumerism by Don Peter As the country grows and develops, the challenges that threaten marriage and family life multiply. Divorce, changing gender roles, and the one-child policy endanger the healthy development of the idea of the couple as the basis for the creation of a new family. The Church has sought to curb this negative trend, but it can and must do more to help young couples. ">Ahead of the upcoming Synod on the family, a priest in Xianxian looks at the issue.
09/16/2014CAMBODIA - CHINA Protest over Sino-Cambodian dam: Phnom Penh arrests 11 activists They blocked a group of officials, including Chinese engineers, from visiting the site in for the proposed mega-dam. The police deny the arrest and speak of "invitation" for interrogation. Over the weekend monks and farmers held a hunger strike in front of the Chinese Embassy, dispersed by the authorities.
09/15/2014HONG KONG - CHINA One Hongkonger in two against Beijing's anti-democratic proposal For 48 per cent of survey participants, pro-democracy lawmakers should vote against mainland China's election law. Thousands of people march in silence and mourning to lift the Occupy Central movement. Professors support student strike and criticise the mainland's openness.
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: "We do not exalt just any cross, but the Cross of Jesus," where " God’s love for humanity was revealed most". The cross is not a sign of "magic": "Belief in the Cross of Jesus means following Jesus on his path”. An appeal for the Central African Republic. He returns to his prayer at Redipuglia: "War is a madness ... When will we learn this lesson?"
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Christ’s love sustains married couples' love and renews it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost Pope Francis celebrates Mass during which 20 couples are united in marriage. Some of them have lived together for some time and have children. Families are the “bricks” for the building up of society". The merciful love that flows from the Cross heals "those who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment”. An added piece of advice: Never let the sunset on an argument
09/13/2014VATICAN Pope in Redipuglia: War is madness. This is the time to weep At the cemetery that is the final resting place for the mortal remains of over 10 thousand victims of the First World War, Pope Francis condemns past and present wars, their destructive power, motivated by Cain’s attitude: "What does it matter to me?". The "the merchants of war perhaps have made a great deal of money, but their corrupted hearts have lost the capacity to cry". "... Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction ...". Present cardinals and bishops from Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, ordinary soldiers and representatives of Orthodox and Muslims in Europe. Pope Francis’ grandfather fought in the Great War on the Piave. The gift of "Light of St. Francis" to the military ordinary military in commemorations of the First World War. The full text of the papal homily.