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Daw Ni Ni May Myint, Daw Chit Chit Chaw and U Min Aun are running for office in Taungup. For their release, the kidnappers demand the release of detained Rakhine politicians and students arrested in recent protests. For the rebels, the NLD is “democratic authoritarian regime”.

| 22/10/2020
| MYANMAR

Taiwan welcomes the US decision. China strongly criticises it, promising a “legitimate and necessary response”. During the Trump presidency, Taipei bought weapons worth US$ 653 million. Washington's move threatens to increase already high tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

| 22/10/2020
| TAIWAN – UNITED STATES

For the first time in 1,600 years, no pilgrims have come to the Holy Land. The losses reach a total of US$ 320 million. Tourism-related activities support 10,300 families. For expert opinion, the situation is worse than during the intifada. We need an overall plan for after the crisis that also involves the dioceses in the world.

| 22/10/2020
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
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 new bishops and the repression of the official and underground communities has continued and worsened. How to avoid "declarationist nominalism" and work for full religious freedom.

| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA

Geng was arrested for illegally publishing more than 8,000 titles on 9 September, along with her husband whose fate is unknown. For Xu, this is an excuse to hold her for defending the academic after he was jailed. The law professor is a well-known critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

| 22/10/2020
| CHINA
by Kenneth Corbilla

The feeling of insecurity and concerns over victimisation by crime are the main factors underpinning support for the reintroduction of the death penalty. Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo abolished the death penalty in 2006. In his fifth State of the Nation address last July, incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Philippine Congress to reintroduce it.

| 22/10/2020
| PHILIPPINES

It has "great ecclesial and pastoral value". An Osservatore Romano article states “there is a need to recognise that there are situations of great suffering. The Holy See is deeply aware of this, takes it into account and does not fail to draw the attention of the Chinese government to encourage a more fruitful exercise of religious freedom.”

| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA

Outside resistance is challenging the president’s power, says the former professor at the Chinese Communist Party School. A member of the "second red generation", which includes dissident tycoon Ren Zhiqiang, she wants to see the country democratise. Cooperation between progressive forces at home and foreign countries can help regime change. If China remains totalitarian, it will seek global domination by 2049.

| 22/10/2020
| CHINA

Anti-government organizations are also calling for a new constitution and reform of the monarchy.  The prime minister seeks a solution and withdraws the recent decree banning public protests.  A special session of Parliament is called.  The country is in economic crisis: GDP estimated at -7.1% this year.

 

| 22/10/2020
| THAILAND

From coffee to cheese, Saudi supermarkets are taking products from Turkey off their shelves.  An unofficial and undeclared trade war, so as not to incur WTO sanctions.  According to Ankara, the Saudi companies forced to sign letters in which they undertake "not to import products".

 

 

| 22/10/2020
| SAUDI ARABIA - TURKEY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The new wave of Covid-19 has led to the death of Dmitry Smirnov, president of the Patriarchal Commission for family, motherhood and childhood.  Another well-known Muscovite priest, the hieromonk Nikon, a supporter of the Romanov imperial family, also close to death.  A famous activist from the Union of Orthodox Fraternities, the writer Vladimir Osipov, has died.  Patriarch Kirill has been in isolation for some time, due to numerous positive cases in the entourage of collaborators of the patriarchate.

 

 

 

| 22/10/2020
| RUSSIA
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