08/22/2014MONGOLIA - CHINA Xi Jinping in Mongolia to boost (China's control of) of local economy China's president will remain until tomorrow. Several agreements have been signed during meetings with Mongolian officials, boosting China's presence in the landlocked nation. Still, "Mongolia is seeking to diversify its export partners to reduce China's overwhelming control of its economy," expert says. Ulaan Baatar (AsiaNews) - Chinese President
Xi Jinping's state visit to Mongolia will boost Chinese investments in the
country and deepen economic ties between the neighbours.
However, Mongolian analysts and...
08/22/2014CHINA - USA - JAPAN China's atomic "super-missile" worries the United States and Japan Beijing is testing a system capable of releasing nuclear missiles (at immense speed to evade defence systems) over American and Japanese territory. According to the Land of the Dragon it is a "necessary" technology to counter Washingtons presence, but experts fear a new hike in tensions in the area.
08/21/2014CHINA-VATICAN Chinese experts: cautious openings in relations with Vatican by Wang Zhicheng Zhuo Xinping, of the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing says Pope Francis "will improve" relations being "a Jesuit" and "Latin American". Li Xiangping speaks of a "new atmosphere". But Party press do not report on the Pope’s statements or telegrams. A website recalls the "two mountains" to be overcome: diplomatic relations with Taiwan and "interference" in the internal affairs of China. Generic statements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman.
08/21/2014CHINA Trial opens against members of the cult "of Almighty God" Five members of the sect are charged with the murder of a woman. A sixth member, a minor, will be judged separately. In recent months, 1000 members of the sect have been arrested, judged an "evil and illegal cult". They have been tortured to force them to give up their beliefs.
08/19/2014CHINA To stop corruption, the party must act within the limits of the constitution by Bao Tong Popular sovereignty, public opinion, and an independent judiciary as brakes on the absolute power of the Party are dreams "worth having", the great statesman writes. The charter is legitimate on paper but its spirit died in the Tiananmen Square bloodbath. Courtesy of Radio Free Asia.
08/19/2014TIBET - CHINA Lochung, two Tibetans die in Chinese police custody One of the victims committed suicide in protest against the denial of medical care to inmates. The second died from his injuries. The two men were arrested following a peaceful demonstration, which police fired upon to halt.
08/18/2014VATICAN For pope, in Iraq "It is lawful" to halt an "unjust aggressor", but the decision belongs to the UN During the flight that brought him back to Rome, Francis spoke of his "respect" for the Chinese people, reiterating the importance of the Letter by Pope Benedict XVI. "If I felt I could not go on, I would resign," he said. As preparations for the encyclical on safeguarding creation continue, the pope plans future trips, including one to Albania, which has "important reasons".
08/18/2014VATICAN-CHINA Pope Francis and Xi Jinping’s "new line" and the Chinese young people in Korea by Bernardo Cervellera Pope Francis sends another telegram to China. Still no answer, but Xinhua today published an article on the trip. The pontiff’s "olive branch" in line with missionary work of Matteo Ricci, missionaries in China, of previous popes. No emphasis on diplomatic relations. Beijing’s hampering Chinese youth in attending Asian Youth Day. An overview of the "new line" for China, in the hope that the young people are not arrested or persecuted.
08/18/2014CHINA New quake in Yunnan, dozens injured and hundreds of homes destroyed The earthquake of magnitude 5 has caused casualties and destroyed or damaged at least 481 homes. The epicenter is about a hundred kilometers from the zone struck by an earthquake on August 3. It is a rural area with a high population density. More than 50 km of roads damaged, 41 km of underground connections and 21 km of electric cables.
08/18/2014KOREA - VATICAN - AYD Pope: Reconciliation and peace in Korea and world need conversion of hearts by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi At the great final Mass of his apostolic visit to South Korea, Francis once again calls on Koreans to "firmly to reject a mindset shaped by suspicion and instead shape a culture formed by the teaching of the Gospel. Trust in the power of the Cross". All Koreans "are brothers and sisters, continue with humanitarian aid." An unscripted prayer Card. Filoni, sent to Iraq, and for all minorities who suffer in that country. Before the Mass the Pope meets with a former "comfort woman", who gifts the Pope a badge of her association which he wore throughout the Mass. Leaders of other religions: "We walk together, in the presence of God".
08/17/2014KOREA - VATICAN - AYD Pope tells Asia's young people to wake up and not to be afraid to bring faith to society At the final Mass of the sixth Asian Youth Day Francis took the opportunity to spur young Asians. "Wake up!" he told them. The martyrs who defeated death speak "to you of a duty, a responsibility" to bring Christ to every reach of Asia. You "are not only a part of the future of the Church; you are also a necessary and beloved part of the Church's present." The next Asian Youth Day is set for 2017 in Indonesia.