09/18/2014CHINA - SCOTLAND For Beijing, Scottish independence "threatens unity and stability" The Global Times comes out against today's vote because of its "potential impact on developments in Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong." For the Chinese paper, "China cannot afford to play this British game". Beijing
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Scottish independence is "seen as a
disruptive force that threatens unity and stability, to be condemned," this according to an editorial in The Global Times that appeared on the day 4...
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.
09/18/2014VIETNAM Saigon, government threatens to demolish Catholic churches and Buddhist temples A development plan for an area south of Ho Chi Minh City includes the demolition of places of worship. The Inter-religious Council has launched a petition to stop the project. According to the urban development plan the area is zoned for housing and shopping malls, but not places of worship. A nun: "The government wants to drive us out."
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.
09/18/2014INDONESIA - ISLAM Yogyakarta: Catholic university cancels seminar on homosexuality after Islamist threats by Mathias Hariyadi The Sanata Dharma (Usd) psychology department was to hold a meeting on the theme: "LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One". The local branch of the Islamic Society Forum forced it to be cancelled because it "dishonors Islam." Islamic leader claims "deviant" sexual behavior is a "contagious virus".
09/18/2014INDIA India, Caritas in front line of relief efforts for Kashmir flood victims by Santosh Digal The social arm of the Catholic Church in India has launched a series of initiatives. The president of the Bishops' Conference (CBCI) offers "our prayers and our condolences to those who lost their lives and their property in these devastating floods." About 2,500 villages are still inaccessible.
09/18/2014MYANMAR Archbishop of Yangon: human trafficking, "a hell that shames Myanmar" by Francis Khoo Thwe Msgr. Charles Bo lashes out against this modern form of slavery, particularly widespread in South-East Asia. The Burmese dictatorship created a "nation of the Exodus" and the current government also shows nothing but "indifference". Harsh accusations against China and its one-child policy, the cause of an "abominable" trafficking.
09/17/2014LAOS Laos follows China's example to curb NGOs Like mainland China, Laos plans to restrict foreign donations and place non-governmental organisations under Foreign Ministry control, raising concerns among NGOs and Western diplomats.
09/17/2014UNITED NATIONS - MIDDLE EAST For Baghdad patriarch, an intervention by Arab States is essential in the Iraqi crisis by Louis Raphael I Sako * At the UN, the patriarchs and bishops of the Churches of the Middle East denounce the sufferings of Christians, victims of the violence of the Islamic State, a tragic situation that calls for action by the international community. Islamists must be defeated and peaceful coexistence restored. AsiaNews presents Mar Sako's address.
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.