East Asia

| CHINA

In many cases, home buyers refuse to repay their loans because the houses they bought have  been left unfinished. China's real estate sector has been in crisis for some time. China’s rulers fear social unrest. Local governments have adopted stimulus measures to encourage home sales.

 

by Vladimir Rozanskij

Construction of the new line should start by next year after 20 years of talks, linking China, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Scores of Chinese experts arrived in the Central Asian country for a feasibility study. The three countries are expected to sign a deal at the next SCO summit in Samarkand in September.

| 09/08/2022
| KYRGYZSTAN – CHINA

After reunification, secessionist thoughts must be erased from their minds, this according to Lu Shaye, echoing Beijing’s repression in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. The Chinese envoy is no stranger to controversial statements.

| 09/08/2022
| FRANCE - CHINA

China's drills around Taiwan in response to Nancy Pelosi's visit are continuing. In four days, 110 aircraft and 41 Navy ships maneuvered near the island. About 11 ballistic missiles were fired. Taiwan reacts with artillery exercises. Most Taiwanese expected a strong response from the mainland.

| 08/08/2022
| TAIWAN – CHINA

South Korea is debating the closure of large residential facilities that still house 25,000 patients. Parents fear their children might lose the care and assistance they need. For Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taick, all “situations are not all the same”. The most appropriate solutions should be provided for each.

| 07/08/2022
| ECCLESIA IN ASIA
by Alessandra De Poli

Fr Giuseppe Didonè has seen Taiwanese society evolve, and the Taiwanese are determined not to be robbed of their future. Used to living under threat, most continue to live as usual. Last month, the Camillians marked 70 years on the island. The “government truly appreciates what we do,” the clergymen told AsiaNews.

 

| 06/08/2022
| TAIWAN

Dozens of ships forced to avoid the Taiwan Strait, used by almost half of the world's container ships as well as 88 per cent of the largest ships. Air traffic has also been affected. Japan reported that four missiles fired yesterday by China flew over the Taiwanese capital.

| 05/08/2022
| TAIWAN – CHINA – UNITED STATES
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| AFGHANISTAN
 
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| RUSSIA
 
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| CHINA
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