East Asia


Without supplies, more than half of Seoul’s petrol stations are dry today. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol recently issued a back-to-order for drivers in the cement sector, without success. Meanwhile, the government’s approval rate is up.

by Vladimir Rozanskij

Group of Russian dissidents met in Lithuania. Expresses concern over the 'weariness' towards the war shown by the Europeans and the US. Western aid the only key to allow the Ukrainians victory. Putin waits for the right moment to strike.

| 05/12/2022

Today's headlines: State of maximum alert for thousands of Indonesians in East Java after the eruption of Mount Semeru; Tokyo and Beijing create a military 'red line' to avert incidents in the East China Sea; Israeli President Herzog on an official visit to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates; Kim Jong-un has reportedly identified his successor in his (nine-year-old) daughter Ju Ae, the 'most beloved'. 


| 05/12/2022

Part of the Spratlys, Taiping Island is claimed by both countries, as well as mainland China and the Philippines. Vietnam is irked by Taiwan’s live-fire drill in waters around the island. Vietnam usually clashes with mainland China over sovereign rights in the South China Sea.

| 03/12/2022

Today's other news: North Korea publicly executes two minors for distributing South Korean films; Indonesia is set to approve a law that punishes extramarital sex with prison for both Indonesians and foreigners; China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia on the US "blacklist" for violations of religious freedom; the number of child brides is up in Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power.

| 03/12/2022
by John Ai

As repression intensified following anti-lockdown rallies last weekend, police target activists. Universities send students home. Official media continue to be silent while propaganda on social media rises. Spam floods Twitter while porn is used to stop discussions about what is going on.

| 02/12/2022

Slated to open today, the trial has been adjourned until 13 December. The local executive has asked the National People's Congress to prevent Lai from being defended by Timothy Owen. Former associates of the Catholic tycoon prepared to testify against him. The former British colony risks a further blow to its judicial independence.

| 01/12/2022
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by John Ai
Protests against the zero-COVID policy have spread across the country, including university campuses, becoming the most impressive since 1989. Despite the impact on the economy and household income, Chinese authorities have ignored people’s demands. ...
| 28/11/2022
Accused along with five pro-democracy figures of failing to register the charity in accordance with the law. The cardinal refused to accept a lighter sentence than his co-defendants. The maximum sentence imposed is €492. According to the defence, ...
| 25/11/2022
The prelate, who was secretly ordained with a papal mandate in 2014 and arrested for this reason, took office as auxiliary bishop in a ceremony held today in Nanchang.  The boundaries of his new diocese were drawn by the authorities. In Yujiang, ...
| 24/11/2022
Anwar Ibrahim took the oath of office today before King Abdullah. Forming a working majority among the various political factions will not be easy. For Archbishop Simon Poh of Kuching, “Seek harmony, mutual respect and acceptance. Religious extremism ...
| 24/11/2022
Myanmar and Russia are the only two countries to use the bombs systematically. A report confirms the atrocities committed by Myanmar’s junta with anti-personnel mines placed around people killed during an air raid. The anti-junta resistance controls ...
| 22/11/2022
6,500 migrant workers have died on stadium and infrastructure construction sites. But violence also affects domestic workers, exploited or abused by their bosses. The German Church is promoting a campaign, relaunched by the Benedictine nun and activist ...
| 16/11/2022
A congregation of Italian nuns tonight commemorates the 90th anniversary of the departure for China of six sisters who, in today's Mindong diocese, lived alongside abandoned girls in their mission for 17 years, before having to leave everything ...
| 11/11/2022
An ancient structure from the probable pre-Islamic era has been discovered off the coast of the Emirates. Inside is a church, a refectory, water cisterns and individual cells used by the monks. For scholars it is a confirmation of a period of at least ...
| 10/11/2022
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”