Today's headlines: Monsoons hike vegetable costs in Malaysia; Two environmental activists released in the Philippines; India is proposing a bill to reserve some seats in Parliament for women;  Saudi Arabia, the talks with the Houthi representatives for peace in Yemen were positive; In Russia, the Chinese yuan is increasingly used; Moldova is implementing a "war mobility" project.

by Steve Suwannarat

In its latest report, the Mekong River Commission points to progress in water quality thanks to joint efforts by Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam to stop the construction of more Chinese-built dams. Nevertheless, the intergovernmental agency warns that threats to the river basin’s ecosystems remain high. And certainties must be provided to the riverine communities.


| 08/09/2023
by Mathias Hariyadi

The 43rd summit of South East Asian countries closes today in Jakarta. The decision a response to the Burmese military coup and violence since February 2021. The US Vice-President and the Chinese Premier also attended, as well as state and government leaders. By 2045, the region will contribute 5.4% to global GDP. Jokowi: trust and cooperation.

| 07/09/2023

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bangkok releases its first comprehensive report on people forced to work for online scams. Highly qualified workers are among the victims are trafficked from places as far as Kenya, Brazil, and Turkey. War-torn regions and special economic zones are ideal places for these activities.

| 30/08/2023

The real estate tycoon, candidate of Pheu Thai, gains the confidence of the military in Parliament by sending the opposition Move Forward, the anti-establishment party winner of the elections. The former leader of the red shirts taken to the medical wing of the prison to serve his 8-year sentence for corruption (but he will immediately ask for a pardon). He promised a "more democratic" constitution but without touching the crime of lese-majeste. Pita Limjaroenrat: "They have united to stop the change, but this government will not be able to give anything to the Thais".

| 22/08/2023

Today's headlines: Chinese central bank cuts prime rate by 10 basis points; Japanese government still considering date for release of treated water from Fukushima atomic power plant into the sea; HRW accuses Saudi border guards of mass killings; At least 11 workers killed in Pakistan bomb blast; Tehran cuts off flow of Little Zab River in Iraq fueling water crisis in neighboring country; With EU embargo, Brazil becomes second largest buyer of Russian oil.


| 21/08/2023

Today's headlines: Moscow's Sakharov Centre also closed. Thaksin Shinawatra will return to Thailand on 22 August, Pheu Thai premier's confidence day. Star of David on one cheek during the arrest of a Palestinian detainee. Baseball bats made of recycled aluminium from Japan's ultra-fast Shinkansen train.

| 19/08/2023
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Bishop Yang Yongqiang of Zhouchun and Yao Shun of Jining are on the list of members released today a couple of weeks before the synod opens. They were picked by the local Church in agreement with the authorities and appointed by Pope Francis.
| 21/09/2023
by Dario Salvi
The cardinal relects on the the tumultuous weeks since the withdrawal of the presidential decree under pressure from self-styled leaders (in the pay of Tehran). A  "more subtle" threat hangs over the community, but with the same logic as Isis: drive ...
| 19/09/2023
by Alessandra De Poli
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| 12/09/2023
The archbishop of Bologna continues the mission entrusted to him by Pope Francis. If, as some media reports suggest, he will meet Premier Li Qiang, this will be the first high-level meeting between a top Church official and the head of government of ...
| 12/09/2023
During Biden's visit, Vietnam announced a historic strategic partnership with the United States almost 50 years after the Vietnam War. Since 2017, many big tech companies have left China in favour of its communist neighbour in Southeast Asia, investing ...
| 11/09/2023
by Andrea Lembo *
At the funeral of the auxiliary bishop of Tokyo, the PIME missionary, who replaced him at the helm of the Shinsei Kaikan Catholic Cultural Centre, remembered the prelate who loved to refer to God through the typically Japanese image of hot spring water. ...
| 06/09/2023
On the same day that Pope Francis praised Mongolian culture and traditions, the authorities in China’s Inner Mongolia region, where a fifth of the population is Mongolian, described them as “historical nihilism” in the name of sinicisation. ...
| 05/09/2023
by Gianni Criveller *
Fr. Gianni Criveller, PIME missionary and sinologist, comments on the words addressed by the pope yesterday to the Chinese people from Mongolia, with Card. Tong and Cardinal-designate Chow. "There is no contradiction between being good Christians and ...
| 04/09/2023
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”