08/26/2014CHINA - JAPAN - VIETNAM Beijing's diplomacy to ease maritime tensions with Tokyo and Hanoi Next month, a senior Chinese government official and a childhood friend of Xi Jinping, will visit Japan. Her goal is to mend relations ahead of the November APEC summit. Beijing wants to overcome disagreements in the name of "common interests." Senior Vietnamese official visits Chinese capital at the invitation of the Chinese Communist Party. Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) - A senior Chinese government official,
who is one of the closest aides and longtime friend of President
Xi Jinping, is
preparing an official visit to Japan
next month to reduce tensions...
08/26/2014RUSSIA-UKRAINE Putin and Poroshenko meet in Minsk No one expresses hopes for an end to growing tensions. Russia wants to send a new aid convoy to the rebel regions and calls for the cooperation of the Red Cross and the Kiev government. Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine. Date for next elections set for October 26.
08/25/2014HONG KONG - CHINA As mainland officials to discuss Hong Kong's future, Occupy Central prepares "waves" of protests by Wang Zhicheng The National People's Congress Standing Committee is set to decide during a weeklong meeting how to pick the next chief executive. Pro-democracy advocates want universal suffrage; Beijing wants a committee to vet candidates, who must be "patriotic" and not opposed to the central government. The Occupy Central movement of the police are preparing for the demonstrations.
08/25/2014MACAU - CHINA Democracy referendum halted as police detains five activists For police, which shut down polling stations within hours of their opening, collecting personal opinions is illegal. The next chief executive is set to be elected this Sunday by 400 electors. For China, the referendum calling for universal suffrage in the choice of chief executive is illegal.
08/24/2014VATICAN Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine. Peter's blind faith and hearts of "rock" or "sand" At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls situation of conflict that create "so much suffering among the civilian population". A bishop writes a letter to the pope, "describing this pain." As for Peter, Jesus expects a "reliable", faith on which to build the Church. "What is your faith like? We should all find the answer in our hearts. What does the Lord find in our hearts? A stable heart like stone, or a heart like sand, that is incredulous, doubtful, suspicious?". He makes the pilgrims repeat Peter's profession three times: "You are Christ, the Son of the living God."
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.
08/21/2014INDIA India's infertility clinics, the other side of surrogacy in India In three years, the number of facilities rose 20 per cent. Although infertility has not increased in the country, a high number of people (64 per cent) prefer artificial insemination or surrogate mothers. Surrogacy is thus spreading among Indian couples.
08/21/2014THAILAND Army leader Prayuth Chan-ocha is new Prime Minister of Thailand Powers conferred by interim Parliament, with a unanimous vote. He was the only candidate for the leadership of the government. Formal ratification of King Bhumibol Adulyadej needed. The new prime minister will reform the country without a real internal opposition; next elections slated for the end of 2015.
08/20/2014NEPAL Floods leave 200 people dead and 10,000 families homeless by Christopher Sharma For residents, this is the worst environmental disaster in 70 years. At present, 400 people are missing with hundreds injured. Some 30,000 homes have been flooded, 5,000 damaged. In Bardia District, there is no drinking water. The carcasses of dead animals are causing fear of disease. The Catholic Church and Caritas are providing aid.
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.
08/19/2014SRI LANKA Jaffna: rising suicide rate among civil war victims by Melani Manel Perera After the war, the loss of social cohesion, economic deprivation and the lack of government rehabilitation policies have prevented people from recovering from their trauma.
08/19/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Gaza war: Truce prolonged for another 24 hours Israel wants guarantees for the demilitarization of the Strip; Hamas wants an end to the blockade and the openings of border crossings. Sense of détente between the two sides. At least 100 thousand Palestinian left homeless by airraids. The death toll: 2016 Palestinians, mostly civilians; 67 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
08/18/2014KOREA - VATICAN - AYD President of the Korean bishops: Francis gave wake up call to Korea and Asia The Bishop of Cheju, Msgr. Peter Kang U-il, tells AsiaNews: "Francis’ meeting with the young people was both a warm embrace and a wake up call. The pontiff invited our young people to never give up, even when faced with what seems like a dead end. And he has made it clear once and for all to our society that peace is born of justice, and that compassion for the marginalized must not result only in sterile charity".