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Zhu Fenglian, from the Taiwan Affairs Bureau, was slamming the new US arms sale in Taipei when she was asked an embarrassing question. Caught off guard, it took her several minutes to respond with “pre-packaged” answers. Taiwanese politician notes that Beijing has not yet considered the quasi war scenario, and its press officers cannot act independently.

| 29/10/2020
| CHINA – TAIWAN

In a telegram to the bishop of Nice, signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Pope Francis condemns “in the strongest possible way such violent acts of terror” and blesses “all those touched by the tragedy”. The pontiff is also praying “for people to look at each other again as brothers and sisters and not as enemies”.

| 29/10/2020
| VATICAN – FRANCE
by Paul Wang

The former founder of the Studentlocalism group is also accused of money laundering, because he had a bank account and a Paypal account of about 700,000 Hong Kong dollars. He is also accused of "conspiracy" for posting material on social media. The judges apply the new security law and a colonial-era law. Two other former members of the group, Yanni Ho and William Chan, face jail time.

| 29/10/2020
| HONG KONG-CHINA

Tensions build between Paris and Ankara. Charlie Hebdo publishes a new cartoon targeting Erdogan. The Turkish president presents himself as defender of the Muslims of France. Hocine Drouiche: problems can be solved with dialogue, no need for winds to fan the flames from "Turkey". In Indonesia the Nahdlatul Ulama calls for calm, while criticizing "extreme secularism".

| 29/10/2020
| FRANCE - TURKEY - ISLAM

The Senate, controlled by the premier's military allies, will be deprived of the power to elect the prime minister. However, democracy protesters want Prayuth's resignation and a review of the king's role. The former general ready to create a "reconciliation committee" to calm dissent.

| 29/10/2020
| THAILAND

Profits of major industries fell by 2.4 per cent between January and September. The negative data come on top poor employment, consumer spending and retail sales data. Discrepancies on the amount of fixed investments have been observed. For a China Beige Book expert, China’s economy is closer to 5 per cent decline rather than growth.

| 28/10/2020
| CHINA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Yohanes Bayu Samodro, director-general of the Catholic Community Guidance unit in the Ministry for Religious Affairs, urges fellow Indonesian Catholics to defend the nation’s values, strengthen morals, and get young people involved. His priority is to redesign “the conventional model of catechesis".

| 28/10/2020
| INDONESIA
by Shafique Khokhar

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the terrorist act, which is similar to the attack at a local military school six years ago. The authorities are criticised for collusion with extremist groups. The massacre comes as peace talks are underway in Afghanistan between the government and the Taliban.

| 28/10/2020
| PAKISTAN

The figure is 53%, up five points compared to August. His harsh stance towards China appreciated. In the rest of the Asia-Pacific region, desire for a victory of his rival Joe Biden's prevails. US anti-espionage: The Chinese wish the incumbent president's defeat.

 

| 28/10/2020
| TAIWAN - USA

The first Muslim rite is scheduled for Friday 30 October in the former Christian basilica, later turned into a museum. A story similar to the even more famous Hagia Sophia. A white veil drawn over original symbols of the building. But there is no shortage of criticism: risk of destroying “its nature and the artistic value".

| 28/10/2020
| TURKEY

The French president praises the professor beheaded by an extremist and defends freedom of expression. The Turkish president calls the Muhammad cartoons offensive, says Macron has mental problems, and urges a boycott of French products. In many parts of the Muslim world, the issue is an ideological clash between "us and them".

| 27/10/2020
| TURKEY – FRANCE – ISLAM
by Fady Noun

After a six-day retreat, Maronite bishops from Lebanon and abroad, Patriarch included, began working on a number of issues, such as the liturgy, seminarians’ training as well as a plan for pastoral outreach and care for Caritas Lebanon. At the end of meeting, a final statement will be released.

| 27/10/2020
| LEBANON
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Svetlana Tikhanovskaja, leader of the opposition in exile, has called on the whole of society to strike. Participation throughout the country, including workers from state industries, universities and schools, religious associations. Sunday 25 October, demonstration of 100-200 thousand people, repressed by the police and the security forces. Putin condemns the "state violence" as "unnecessary". Mike Pompeo calls for the release of Vitalij Škljarov, an American political scientist of Belarusian origin who had joined the protests.

| 27/10/2020
| BELARUS-RUSSIA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The Holy See and Beijing have announced the extension of the agreement for another two years. China’s apparent dissatisfaction at continued relations with Taiwan. The Vatican is content with the fruits: no illegitimate bishops. But there are no ...
| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
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| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 13/10/2020
| SYRIA - VATICAN
 
by Vincenzo Guo Xijin
The speech given by the bishop of Mindong announcing his resignation from all public office, retiring to a life of prayer. Now the diocese is entrusted to Msgr. Zhan Silu, known to be very ambitious.
| 05/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 05/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 04/10/2020
| VATICAN
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