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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.

 

| 13/08/2022
| CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Created by China with the countries of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, the group has gone from 17+1 to 14+1. China's military threats against Taiwan and its qualified support for Russia’s war in Ukraine have weighed heavily. The EU remains cautious about the crisis across the Taiwan Strait.

| 12/08/2022
| CHINA – EUROPE
by John Ai

According to analysts, to modernise the Chinese military needs people with specialised skills. Beijing's new White Paper on Taiwan envisages reunification with less autonomy than previously offered to the island.

 

| 11/08/2022
| RED LANTERNS

The cardinal will be tried with five members of the pro-democracy movement for failing to register the charity of which they were trustees. The defence will invoke the right to associate as provided for by the Hong Kong’s constitution.

| 10/08/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA
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

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

The launch of Dongfeng missiles as part of China’s military drills is a response to Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. Beijing has added another zone of operation to the exercises. One zone overlaps with Japan's exclusive economic zone, which China does not recognise.

 

| 04/08/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by Emanuele Scimia

Beijing announced four days of military drills near the "rebel" island, encroaching on Taiwanese territorial waters in three areas. Pelosi’s quick visit put Xi Jinping in an uncomfortable position, appeasing Chinese nationalists at the risk of causing an escalation.

| 03/08/2022
| TAIWAN – UNITED STATES – CHINA

The chairman of TSMC, the world's leading semiconductor manufacturer, warns of potential turmoil as tensions rise over Nancy Pelosi's possible visit to Taipei. Should the operations of the Taiwanese company be blocked, China's most advanced technologies would become useless.

| 02/08/2022
| TAIWAN – CHINA
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

The vessel is set to arrive on 11 August; India is none too pleased, afraid that China is using Sri Lanka as a military outpost. Chinese-built ports within the Belt and Road Initiative are the main target. China and India are Sri Lanka’s main creditors at a time when the island nation is struggling with an unprecedented economic crisis.

| 01/08/2022
| CHINA – INDIA – SRI LANKA

In the Diocese of Hebei, the official bishop published a pastoral letter claiming that over the past few months he concelebrated the liturgy with 30 priests who hitherto belonged to the underground Church. Using the pastoral guidelines issued by the Vatican in 2019, he is truing to get Catholics to join the Patriotic Association. A local source warns that the clergy has come under unprecedented pressure. The local Church had resisted so far, but now there is widespread confusion.

| 30/07/2022
| CHINA

This suggests he has secured a third term in office. In a speech, Xi calls for action against economic imbalances. A return to a more centralised economy is possible, but so is an agreement with Li Keqiang’s pro-market faction. According to well-known activist Wei Jingsheng, with or without Xi, the Communist Party will decline.

| 29/07/2022
| CHINA

Accused of "inciting subversion of state power" for articles he posted online and for an interview with Radio Free Asia, he was jailed for trying to join his dying wife in the United States. His sister says he is in poor health after going on a hunger strike for months.

| 28/07/2022
| CHINA

It is deemed incompatible with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The former British colony is a signatory to the document, unlike the Chinese central government. Criticised for repression of freedom of expression. Calls for investigation into police actions during 2019 pro-democracy protests.

| 28/07/2022
| RED LANTERNS

Garuda Shield 2022 will be held on 1-14 August. This is Japan’s first participation. Singapore and Australia will also take part, plus eight observer countries, including India. Indonesia’s approach is to keep a balance between China and the United States.

| 27/07/2022
| INDONESIA – JAPAN

He was charged with trying to subvert the power of the state. Police prevented family members from attending the hearing. His lawyers have been forced not to disclose the details of the proceedings. Linked to the well-known dissident Xu Zhiyong, Chang complained of torture in prison.

| 27/07/2022
| CHINA
by John Ai

The new rules will come into effect in August. Web service providers will display users’ IP addresses and the geographic location of online posts. Authorities will also impose harsh restrictions on data flowing abroad. China’s largest academic journal database is under state security inspection. 

 

 

| 26/07/2022
| CHINA

The demolition follows the refusal by the local parish priest to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, controlled by the Communist Party of China. Fr Dong Baolu is the only clergyman who did not submit to the Party. In China, men and women religious can perform their functions only if they join “official” bodies.

| 25/07/2022
| CHINA

According to the Chinese, the document denigrates their government's military policy. Japan aims for growth in military spending to 2 percent of GDP. Kishida administration: Russian attack on Ukraine risks becoming a precedent for Chinese aggression against Taiwan.

| 23/07/2022
| CHINA - JAPAN

Pandemic, economic slowdown and related protests force him to come to terms with Premier Li Keqiang. 'Nationalist' trips to Hong Kong and Xinjiang to hide the problems of the economy. The profile of Xi's allies in the race for promotion is outlined.

 

| 22/07/2022
| CHINA
by John Ai

Home buyers do not want to pay mortgages for unfinished housing projects. Authorities are urging banks to offer loans to builders to finish homes. Dangers also for the banking system: an explosive mix that threatens the communist leadership.

 

| 21/07/2022
| RED LANTERNS

The Chinese do not trust North Korean assurances on containing the pandemic. The Dandong-Sinuiju railway, through which 70% of trade between the two sides usually passes, remains closed. Chinese citizens found trading with North Koreans must pay a fine of up to 43,000 euro.

| 20/07/2022
| CHINA-NORTH KOREA

The Maryknoll missionary died in New York at the age of 93. He arrived China in 1987 to teach English at local colleges. In Shanghai he was recruited by the local bishop, Aloysius Jin Luxian. “It was a joy to be among those faithful people from largely rural origins, whose families had miraculously preserved their Catholic faith amid repression,” he said about those early years. In 1991, he set up a programme that enabled many Chinese seminarians, priests and nuns to train in the United States.

| 19/07/2022
| CHINA – UNITED STATES
by John Ai

Personal data is a strategic asset for the regime. Massive leaks of information reveal the ambition of global surveillance of society, but when data are controlled by the leaders’ enemies, it could constitute a danger.

| 19/07/2022
| CHINA

The new Philippine president wants to regotiate the deal worth $ 4.9 billion for three new routes. Chinese accused of not paying up investment and aid promised to Duterte, Marcos Jr's predecessor. Crisis in Sri Lanka lays bare the dangers of being in steep debt to China. Laos, Pakistan, Maldives and Bangladesh also under observation.

| 18/07/2022
| PHILIPPINES - CHINA

The plan, which also calls for a high-speed railway, suggests that Beijing is convinced that it will have taken back the island by that date. For the Taiwanese, the plan is pure "science fiction". Meanwhile, the US announces new military aid to Taiwan and does not exclude letting it participate in RIMPAC military exercises.

| 16/07/2022
| CHINA – TAIWAN

Tight lockdowns slowed growth to 0.4% in the second quarter. 5.5% year-end growth target almost unattainable. Beijing relies on infrastructure investment for recovery. Xi needs the economy to recover ahead of the 20th Communist Party Congress.

| 15/07/2022
| CHINA

A founder of Changsha Funeng, a humanitarian NGO, Cheng is forced to work with a sewing machine and attend courses on the superiority of socialism. He was recently subjected to solitary confinement for three months. In his prison, guards regularly abuse and torture political prisoners.

| 13/07/2022
| CHINA

The Court in the Hague rejected China's territorial claims in the area. Last month a hundred Chinese ships were reported near the Julian Filipe coral reef claimed by Manila. The new government has promised to defend country’s borders, but does not want a confrontation with China. The US warns that it will defend the Philippines if it is attacked.

| 13/07/2022
| PHILIPPINES

Koo Sze-yiu will have to spend nine months in prison for sedition: he had organised a protest against the Winter Olympics in the Chinese capital. A veteran of the pro-democracy camp, he has already had 14 convictions for his activism. He told the judge that prison is nothing compared to the contribution of dissidents in China.

| 12/07/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Gianni Criveller *

A conference was held today in Rome marking the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Holy See. “Historical circumstances have forced Taiwan and the Holy See to walk together for many years. Taiwan cannot be regarded as a mere historical legacy that we can get rid of,” said Fr Gianni Criveller (PIME) in his address.

| 11/07/2022
| TAIWAN – VATICAN
by John Ai

The situation has been dragging on for some time due to a scam worth US$ 6 billion. Plainclothes agents indiscriminately attacked the victims. Footage of the incident was censored on social media. At least 4,000 small Chinese banks have an opaque structure.

| 11/07/2022
| CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

His political positions, especially on Taiwan's defense, pitted the former premier against the Chinese. And while India loses an ally in building an anti-Chinese front, the Russians cannot be overly sorry either. For South East Asia, Abe was a promoter of regional multilateralism.

 

 

| 09/07/2022
| JAPAN - ASIA

China's economy struggles to recover from recent Covid-19 lockdowns. Li announces more reforms and openness. However, the forecast for the national GDP is below expectations. A 74 billion euro domestic investment plan is ready. Meanwhile, the flight of foreign capital from the country continues.

| 08/07/2022
| CHINA

Xu Guang was detained by the police on the eve of 4 June, which is the anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre. He was imprisoned for demanding the return of his confiscated mobile phone. For years he has been calling for a review of the official verdict on the 1989 repression.

| 06/07/2022
| CHINA

By the end of the year, developing nations must repay foreign debts amounting to billion: 40% is owed to China. Dialogue between the Chinese, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on debt cancellation or restructuring is difficult. Beijing risks losing face (or a crisis of its state-owned banks).

 

| 04/07/2022
| CHINA

Celebrations took place on 29 June, Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, two days before the Party’s official “birthday”. Catholics are urged to "listen to the word of the Party, feel the grace of the Party, and follow the Party”. Politics has entered the Chinese Church. The regime's control over Catholic clergy is getting tighter.

| 02/07/2022
| CHINA

The Chinese president is in the city for the 25th anniversary of the city's handover to China and the inauguration of its new chief executive. Entire neighbourhoods were closed off and strict restrictions were imposed on media coverage. Xi listed the goals the city’s new administration must achieve.

| 01/07/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Imposed by the international community for Pyongyang's nuclear and missile activities. North Korean merchant ship bound for a Chinese port tracked. China obstructs monitoring operations carried out under UN auspices.

| 30/06/2022
| NORTH KOREA - CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Chinese continue to buy Russian oil at discounted prices, financing Putin's war against Ukraine. There are doubts, however, that China will defy secondary sanctions from Europe and the U.S., its main trading partners. Russian expert: only "rhetoric" from Brics meeting.

| 30/06/2022
| RUSSIA - CHINA

Both countries claim the islet, which is part of the Spratly Islands, but is manned by Taiwan Coast Guard personnel. Naval drills by Taiwan sparked the row. China is not alone in occupying disputed areas.

| 29/06/2022
| TAIWAN – PHILIPPINES
by Emanuele Scimia

Renamed the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, it is expected to raise US$ 600 billion over five years. Money to be invested in "sustainable" infrastructure projects for developing countries. With pandemic crisis, inflation and war in Ukraine, it will be difficult to mobilize resources. Potential client states prefer to deal with Beijing, which imposes few conditions.

| 28/06/2022
| G7 - CHINA

Scholars are leaving the city for lack of academic freedom and the fear of being imprisoned for their research and teaching activities. In 2021, Hong Kong's population decreased by 23,600. The exodus is also affected by draconian rules to counter the spread of COVID-19.

| 27/06/2022
| HONG KONG
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Demonstration in front of the Chinese consulate. Like the Uyghurs, the Kazakh minority is also sent to lagers in the Chinese autonomous region. The Kazakh government does not intervene so as not to spoil relations with Beijing.

| 27/06/2022
| KAZAKHSTAN - CHINA

Annual meeting of the group formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The unifying trait is the desire to increase trade cooperation and promote a multipolar world. The final communiqué makes no mention of Putin's proposals to weaken the role of the dollar. Sino-Indian disagreements hinder the strengthening of the partnership between the five countries.

| 24/06/2022
| CHINA
by Li Qiang

Heat waves in the country's central and northern provinces have pushed electricity consumption to record levels. Efforts to combat climate change shelved. Leadership wants to avoid further damage to the economy. Floods in the south also threaten growth targets.

| 22/06/2022
| CHINA

This is the first time that the Chinese have offered to play a direct role in conflict resolution. China’s huge investments require stability in a region marked by wars and coups. However, Beijing does not want to be seen as meddling in the region’s affairs, a charge it has levelled against the United States and Europe.

 

| 21/06/2022
| CHINA – AFRICA
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

U.S., Japan, India and Australia ready to intervene to prevent Sri Lanka's economic implosion and a humanitarian crisis of regional impact. Under indictment are the policies of President Rajapaksa, who is too bent on Chinese positions. For China, the Quad's commitment to Colombo will "dissipate."

| 20/06/2022
| SRI LANKA - QUAD - CHINA

A number of local and foreign media will not be able to cover the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China nor the inauguration of its new chief executive, ostensibly on health and safety grounds related to COVID-19. The former British colony’s ranking falls precipitously in terms of press freedom.

| 17/06/2022
| HONG KONG
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The economic dynamism of the former Soviet republic attracts the interest of China. Possible collision between Chinese and Russian interests. China's Belt and Road as a flywheel for Uzbek infrastructure. Work on the Beijing-Biškek-Taškent railway begins in September.

 

 

| 17/06/2022
| RUSSIA - CHINA

The human rights lawyer, who is accused of trying to subvert state power, faces life in prison, but his lawyers will plead not guilty. The manner in which he was arrested is disputed. He was detained after he called for Xi Jinping's resignation in the wake of the outbreak of the pandemic. Activists linked to him are in the same situation.

| 15/06/2022
| CHINA

The Chinese president is expected to take part in the celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty on 1 July, which is also the first day of office for its new chief executive. Local authorities want to create a “safety bubble” against COVID-19. People in different parts of the world mark the pro-democracy rallies that shook the city three years ago.

| 14/06/2022
| CHINA – HONG KONG
by John Ai

At the Singapore security summit, US cand Chinese defence ministers take a tough stance. The US promises to maintain Taiwan’s defence capabilities and the status quo along the Taiwan Strait. China is ready to response militarily in the event of a declaration of independence. The Ukrainian war is cited as an example.

| 13/06/2022
| CHINA – UNITED STATES
by Li Qiang

Reference to the president as 'lingxiu', a term until now used only for Mao, is growing in the Chinese media and in official CCP documents.  In order to have a new term in power Xi is reportedly bargaining with Li Keqiang: A return to more "market" policies and space for the premier's faction in the new Politburo.

| 10/06/2022
| CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Taiwan’s giant TSMC has no plans to open factories in Europe. The EU’s semiconductor dialogue with Taiwan risks undermining relations with China. Slovak parliamentarian feels his country and Taiwan might be interested in manufacturing chips in Slovakia. In Europe, more and more voices are calling for EU members to leave the China-led 16+1 forum.

| 09/06/2022
| RED LANTERNS

Police is out in full force to prevent people from remembering the massacre carried out by the Chinese authorities on June 4, 1989. Some act individually near Victoria Park, site of the traditional memorial vigil. US and EU diplomatic missions light candles on the windows of their buildings. For Beijing, the events of 33 years ago do not deserve to be remembered.

| 04/06/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Over 50s can't find work and receive no welfare benefits. Those who stay in the countryside earn €1,400 a year, but the cost of living is three times that amount. The economic crisis does not help. Premier Li Keqiang called on to repair the damage caused by Xi's "mini Great Leap Forward".

| 03/06/2022
| CHINA

Victoria Park will be empty again. The authorities want to erase the memory of the fallen of 4 June 1989 killed by the Chinese government. The organisers of the traditional commemoration are in prison. Even the Catholic Church fears the security law.

 

| 02/06/2022
| RED LANTERNS

The UWSA is the most powerful ethnic militia in Myanmar, a state within a state like Hezbollah in Lebanon. Wa forces did not join other armed groups to fight the ruling junta. They are often used by China as a means to put pressure on Myanmar’s military.

| 01/06/2022
| MYANMAR – CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Official documents hacked from the Chinese authorities' servers have been published: 3,000 photographs of detainees, several videos, 20,000 arrest reports and over 300,000 personal details. They confirm that those in the Chinese region are concentration camps for Turkish-speaking minorities of the Islamic faith.

 

 

| 01/06/2022
| CHINA

The agreement involved some 10 island nations in the region. However, the parties agreed to work together in five areas, but not security. For the members of the Pacific Islands Forum, the priority is the fight against climate change and post-COVID recovery, not big power geopolitical confrontation. Beijing poorly prepared its diplomatic initiative.

| 30/05/2022
| CHINA – OCEANIA

The ruling will be used to prevent the Chinese from trampling on Manila's maritime rights. It is a change compared to the policy of outgoing Head of State Duterte. However, Marcos Jr does not want to take sides in the geopolitical confrontation between China and the US, like most leaders in Southeast Asia.

| 27/05/2022
| PHILIPPINES - CHINA
by Li Qiang

China could miss the growth targets set by the government. The current economic situation is worse than at the start of the pandemic in 2020. Li is called to solve the economic problems created by Xi's policies. From here to the Communist Party Congress in the fall, the two leaders and their factions will be vying for power.

| 26/05/2022
| RED LANTERNS

According to the Hong Kong Democracy Council, more than three-quarters are under the age of 30, more than 15% are under the age of 18. At least 179 opponents are in custody; 1,159 are on trial. Yesterday, well-known jurist Benny Tai was sentenced. While awaiting trial, Card. Zen says "martyrdom is normal in our Church": yesterday he celebrated a Mass for Catholics in China.

| 25/05/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity is not a free trade agreement. Its 13 members include India. Its focus is on international standards for investments in infrastructure, supply chains and the digital economy, but without tariff reductions it may not work. China speaks out against attempts to sow division and confrontation.

| 24/05/2022
| UNITED STATES – ASIA

The trial against him and five pro-democracy activists will begin Sept. 19. The charge of threatening national security is dropped. New charges of failing to register a charitable fund wth preliminary hearing today, the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. Meanwhile, the diocese cancels traditional masses for the Tiananmen massacre.

| 24/05/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA

In her visit, Michelle Bachelet is to move within a security "bubble" and without journalists. The mission was to ascertain allegations that Beijing has imprisoned 1.8 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz. Per U.S. and humanitarian groups, the Chinese will use the trip to cover atrocities.

 

| 23/05/2022
| CHINA-UN

After the Marian prayer, the pontiff spoke about the Day of Prayer instituted by Benedict XVI and celebrated on 24 May. He urged the faithful to pray “for freedom and tranquility" a few days after the arrest of Card Joseph Zen. Peace was the main theme in today's Gospel, a gift from God “in the form of the Holy Spirit”.

| 22/05/2022
| VATICAN

The latest survey suggests that some 61.4 per cent would fight. Voters for the Kuomintang, a pro-Beijing party, are the most recalcitrant. About 68.5 per cent of Taiwanese hope to improve relations with the Chinese. The US expects a Chinese attack against the island by 2030.

| 21/05/2022
| TAIWAN – CHINA

The outposts are designed to monitor shipping and boost security. But they are also a deterrent against China’s territorial claims. Meanwhile, ASEAN and China are trying to renew talks to develop a “Code of Conduct” after the pandemic.

 

| 21/05/2022
| PHILIPPINES – CHINA

COVID-19’s economic impact aggravated a trend created by China’s infamous one-child policy. Intermediaries earn US$ 20,000 to US$ 40,000 per marriage. Women and girls enticed with a promise of work often complain that they end up married in violent or dangerous environments.

| 19/05/2022
| CAMBODIA – CHINA
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

With the Rajapaksas in power, Beijing financed infrastructure projects that were often unnecessary and overpriced. The port and airport in Hambantota district are the most striking examples. China holds 10 percent of Colombo's external debt, like Japan, but at much higher interest rates.

 

 

| 19/05/2022
| RED LANTERNS

Lai will stand before the High Court on national security and sedition charges. Six staff members of his Apple Daily face the same charges. The tabloid closed last year. Reports that Cardinal Zen will appear in court on 24 May have been denied.

| 18/05/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Li Qiang

 

The Communist Party is banning the old guard from making "negative political speeches" before the 20th Congress next autumn. Former premier Zhu Rongji reportedly criticised Xi's third term in power. Lockdown for Covid: Beijing University students protest.

 

 

| 17/05/2022
| CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

The move made instead by Lithuania triggered Beijing's political and commercial retaliation. According to Jan Lipavský, relations with Taipei can thrive even without name changes. Czechs unhappy with growing trade deficit with Chinese. Prague assesses exit from China-sponsored 16+1 Forum.

| 13/05/2022
| CZECH REPUBLIC-CHINA
by John Ai

The authorities tighten restrictions in various parts of the country, as requested by paramount leader Xi Jinping. Censors remove online criticism. US companies in China are also critical of Beijing's zero-COVID policy.

| 12/05/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by Gianni Criveller *

The Diocese of Hong Kong: "Concerned for his safety. We trust that we will continue to enjoy religious freedom on the basis of the Basic Law." Father Gianni Criveller, PIME missionary: "Intimidating and inhumane act: this is the business card of the new Chief Executive John Lee. After political, economic and cultural spheres now religions are being targeted."

| 12/05/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The prelate was arrested ostensibly in connection with an investigation into the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped people involved in the 2019protests. Other trustees of the charity have also been detained. Released on bail at 11pm local time. The charge is collusion with foreign forces, an offence punishable under a national security law.

| 11/05/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Washington expects Beijing to invade the island by 2030. War in Ukraine has not deterred Xi Jinping, but it has had an impact on "how and when" the mainland will make its move. The Taiwanese are taking notes of the damage inflicted by Ukraine’s military on the Russian giant. Tensions are rising between Washington and Beijing after US warship transits through the Taiwan Strait.

| 11/05/2022
| TAIWAN – CHINA

The 59-year-old suffered a heart attack induced by work-related stress. Ordained bishop in 2010, he had been approved by both the Holy See and Chinese authorities. Bishop Shao Zumin reappeared in a Beijing nursing home controlled 24/7 by police.

| 10/05/2022
| CHINA
by John Ai

The former police chief was the sole candidate to replace the criticised Carrie Lam. Nominated by Beijing, he was voted in by a restricted election committee loyal to the central government. He promises to revive the city's financial role and solve the city's long-standing housing problem. He also announced a new law on national security.


 

| 09/05/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The hacktivist collective warns China against invading Taiwan, urging Beijing to avoid Russia’s mistake in attacking Ukraine. After picking Russian targets, the hacker group is ready to go after Xi Jinping and associates. Noting the sinking of the Russian cruiser Moskva, Anonymous warns that China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning could suffer the same fate.

| 07/05/2022
| CHINA – TAIWAN

83% say they have been damaged by the lockdown imposed by Beijing. 60% expect profit losses between 6 and 15% at the end of the year. European managers struggle to enter China to assess the situation and make decisions on possible investments. Chinese authorities announce measures to restore the confidence of foreign investors.

| 06/05/2022
| EUROPE-CHINA

The faction to which Premier Li Keqiang belongs has lost four million members in 10 years. 20th Communist Party Congress: the Chinese president wants an ally as the new prime minister. The worsening pandemic and  economic crisis only obstacle to Xi, who aims to prevent Comunist Youth League member Hu Chunhua from heading government.

 

 

| 05/05/2022
| RED LANTERNS

Hong Hao, head of research at a state financial institution, has had his WeChat account frozen and his Weibo account taken down. He had warned of capital flight and the negative performance of the Chinese stock market. Pandemic, crackdown on hi-tech giants, real estate bubbles, and the Russian-Ukrainian war threaten the country's economy.

| 04/05/2022
| CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

Forced into "guanzhi", a restriction of movements and activities. Subjected to political sessions to adhere to the official Church and therefore to the Chinese Communist Party. Several religious, still free, fear they will be arrested soon. The Sino-Vatican agreement has not stopped the persecution against the underground community.

| 03/05/2022
| CHINA

A pro-Beijing Election Committee is set to pick Hong Kong’s new chief executive next week. This is one of the reasons first-time voters have stayed away from last December’s parliamentary election when only seven per cent of eligible voters aged 18 to 30 cast their ballot.

| 02/05/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA

European companies are buying Sinopec's surpluses. Despite its quasi-ally status with Russia, China is helping the EU reduce its dependence on Russian gas. Surging prices, not politics, are behind this trend. Meanwhile, China-EU trade is up.

| 29/04/2022
| CHINA - EUROPE
by John Ai

The design of the pocket text is reminiscent of those distributed during the Mao era. It is part of the propaganda ahead of the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which will most likely grant Xi his third term in office. Authorities censor online debate on CCP history.

 

 

 

 

 

| 28/04/2022
| RED LANTERNS

Imports have risen since 2018, when the US imposed sanctions on Chinese companies. Taiwan announced military exercises based on lessons learnt from the Russian-Ukrainian war. A US warship sails through the Taiwan Strait, the second time this year.

| 27/04/2022
| TAIWAN – CHINA

Sipri: China and India follow the U.S. in military spending. In 2021 the Chinese arrived at 293 billion dollars (+4.7%). Delhi's defense outlay touches 76.6 billion. Upward trend also for Japan and Australia. After four years, Iran's military budget has increased again. In Qatar, growth of 434% compared to 2010.

| 26/04/2022
| ASIA
by Li Qiang

Xi was unanimously elected delegate for the Communist Party congress representing Guangxi. However, economic problems and the COVID-19 crisis risk weakening him. The Communist party is asking citizens to send comments on eight issues before the Congress; however, it is almost impossible for anyone to express themselves freely.

| 23/04/2022
| CHINA

Japanese government backs Taiwanese request to attend WHO annual assembly. China boycotts Taiwan's presence in international forums. Former Japanese premier: increase military spending to respond to China's threats.

 

 

| 22/04/2022
| JAPAN-TAIWAN-CHINA
by John Ai

Economic growth at 4.8% in the first quarter; unemployment at 6% in March, the highest since 2018. In preparation for the 20th Communist Party Congress, the Chinese president's line doesn't change. Lockdowns spark citizen protests. Companies struggle to survive.

| 21/04/2022
| RED LANTERNS

Exports from Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Vietnam are way down. Western sanctions against Russia weigh heavily. Conversely, imports from Russia are up, mainly because of higher gas, oil and grain prices. The same goes for China.

| 20/04/2022
| ASIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Putin relies on Chinese support to save Moscow's economy from Western sanctions against the invasion of Ukraine. China and Russia united by opposition to the US and the West. However, theirs remains a tactical partnership, not a strategic alliance.

| 20/04/2022
| RUSSIA - CHINA

Beijing wants no surprises in replacement for controversial Carrie Lam. The city's leader is to be chosen by a restricted election committee loyal to the central government. The reopening of the border with mainland China, closed due to Covid-19, is among Lee's priorities. The city leader in pectore invites the democratic camp to submitt suggestions "in writing".

 

| 19/04/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA

New government measures will come into force on 1 June, placing the economy of religious sites into the hands of the United Front Work Department and the Ministry of Finance. The new rules, which also regulate donations and offerings, are meant to promote the “sinicisation” of religion.

| 15/04/2022
| CHINA

Seen as a favourite to replace Premier Li Keqiang, Li Qiang, communist boss in Shanghai and Xi Jinping’s ally, is under attack for his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. If the health crisis spreads, turmoil might follow with serious economic repercussions. A weakened Xi will have to give room to factions that oppose him.

| 14/04/2022
| RED LANTERNS

In March trade grew by 12.8 per cent, down from 25.7 per cent in February. Beijing is careful not to violate the punitive measures adopted by the West against Moscow. The Chinese are avoiding new oil contracts with the Russians. Xi Jinping's goal is to find a balance between the US and the EU on the one hand and the Kremlin on the other.

| 13/04/2022
| CHINA – RUSSIA
by John Ai

China’s official media have created a neutral and impartial image for the foreign public, while the authorities allow aggressive and hostile comments towards Kyiv and the West at home. Criticism of Russia in the blogosphere is censored. Anonymous translators have come under attack from the government.

| 12/04/2022
| CHINA

​Authorities have detained bishop Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou: he had been freed at the beginning of November after a previous arrest. Msgr. Cui Tai, bishop of Xuanhua, has also disappeared. He had been under house arrest for more than 10 years and there are suspicions of torture.

| 11/04/2022
| CHINA

The two countries reiterated the same position during bilateral security talks. Chinese activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea were at the centre of the discussion. Xi Jinping warns Philippines, as the latter tried to find a balance between the US and China. During the election campaign, Robredo takes a tougher stance towards Beijing while Marcos Jr remains cautious.

| 09/04/2022
| JAPAN – PHILIPPINES

The latest pandemic wave has pushed the country from 2nd to 32nd place, blamed on Xi Jinping's zero-COVID policy. Experts call for a more effective vaccination campaign. Cambodia, Taiwan, Nepal and Mongolia rank in the top 10, performing better than Beijing.

| 08/04/2022
| CHINA
by Fr. Vincenzo Han Duo*

A reflection on the 60th anniversary of the priestly ordination of a spiritual father, a lover and deep connoisseur of China. A life spent teaching young seminarians. "Pray and love God with all your heart," is the advice he always gave.

| 07/04/2022
| RED LANTERNS

The initiative is part of AUKUS, an Australia-UK-US military pact to contain China. The three will also work together on undersea drones. Australian will spend US$ 2.6 billion to boost its missile defence. Beijing accuses Washington, London and Canberra of starting an arms race. Meanwhile, the United States is selling more weapons to Taiwan.

| 06/04/2022
| ASIA-PACIFIC

From +5.4% to +5%, in line with other East Asian countries. Prolonged conflict leads to 4% GDP increase. The war pushes up inflation. The situation worsens a picture already marked by the return of the Covid-19 pandemic. 16 million new workers in search of employment this year in China.

 

 

| 05/04/2022
| CHINA

Her mandate expires on 30 June. Her successor will be picked on 8 May by a pro-Beijing select committee. For analysts, Lam lost Xi Jinping's support. Second highest official John Lee is favoured to win. Hong Kong residents are increasingly dissatisfied with the lack of press freedom.

| 04/04/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The Chinese continue to gloss over the possibility of mediating between Kiev and Moscow. The EU threatens to respond in case of Chinese aid to the Kremlin. Europeans demand an end to Beijing's trade boycott of Lithuania. The Union wants to relaunch human rights dialogue with the Chinese government.

| 02/04/2022
| EU - CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

A military agreement signed with Cambodia and a security deal concluded with the Solomon Islands. Australia: China has established 20 military posts in the South China Sea, it could do the same in the South Pacific. Beijing has also militarized disputed areas on the Himalayan border.

 

| 01/04/2022
| CHINA
by Li Qiang

Driven by the Chinese leader's "redistributive" policies, such as the crackdown on hi-tech, real estate and private education giants. In China there are 626 billionaires: potentially a counter-power in the eyes of the regime. In China's rural areas, per capita income is less than half that of the cities.

 

| 31/03/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by John Ai

Today almost 6,000 cases in the country's most populous city. Xi Jinping's strict "zero Covid" policy is likely to have huge costs for the government. Videos and online comments show people's protests against the restrictions, which have resulted in a lack of food and basic necessities.

 

| 30/03/2022
| CHINA

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sogavare is negotiating a security treaty with China, a source of concern in the Pacific region. Australia and New Zealand fear it will pave the way for a Chinese military base in the Solomon Islands. Gizo Bishop Luciano Capelli, who bemoans the lack of consultation, sees “threats or external enemies that require a superpower capable of showing its strength.”

| 29/03/2022
| SOLOMON - CHINA

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council is set to approve two legal agreements signed in September with Russia. After the national security law was adopted, several countries suspended extradition agreements with Hong Kong. The International Bar Association slams Hong Kong police for threatening activist Benedict Rogers.

| 29/03/2022
| HONG KONG – RUSSIA
by John Ai

In a project, Wang put Taiwan as his country of origin. Official Chinese media deny that Chen Zhen had pressured the student and that a Beijing diplomatic official had encouraged the move. China is trying to influence western institutions and hinder academic freedom.

 

| 28/03/2022
| CHINA-TAIWAN-ITALY

Chen Ming-tong dismissed the claim, allegedly from Russia’s security services, as “cognitive warfare” against Taiwan. Xi Jinping wants stability before the 20th Congress of the Communist Party. About 90 per cent of Taiwanese reject Chinese efforts at reunification.

| 25/03/2022
| TAIWAN - CHINA
by Li Qiang

Fighter jets and a frigate have been delivered,the possible arrival of eight submarines  pending. In 10 years, China has sold almost US$ 6 billion worth of armaments to the Pakistanis. Beijing is exploiting the war in Ukraine, and the US distraction, to advance in South Asia. Border tensions with Delhi remain.

| 24/03/2022
| RED LANTERNS

For the local Communist Party chief, regional synergy will boost the strategic cooperation between Beijing and Moscow. Developing Russia’s Far East would also help the Kremlin ease the burden of Western sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine. However, Chinese nationalists view the region as part of China.

| 23/03/2022
| CHINA – RUSSIA

The short video is by Bishop Stephen Chow Sau Yan, who recently met the pope in the Vatican. The pontiff blesses the Church in China and Hong Kong tackling the pandemic.

| 22/03/2022
| VATICAN-HONG KONG-CHINA

The Ukrainian crisis must not divert attention from the atrocities committed by the Chinese regime, say the signatories of an appeal to Europe. Abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans, the Hong Kong democracy movement and dissidents in China are in focus. The EU must demand the release of all political prisoners. Tensions are high between Europeans and Beijing.

 

| 22/03/2022
| EU-CHINA
by Luo Wen

A priest in the Diocese of Mindong posts on his blog comments about the Apostolic Constitution “Praedicare Evangelium”.  The pope will head the new Dicastery for Evangelisation, which will help the Church in China. The priest is grateful to Benedict XVI whose humility made these changes possible.

| 21/03/2022
| CHINA – VATICAN
by John Ai

China’s local governments are already in trouble due to debts. Infections are increasing with 37,000 cases in March. Xi Jinping downplays the impact on the economy of repeated lockdowns. Testing costs 24 to 48 yuan per person. In the most populated areas, the annual health budget per capita is 200 yuan. Fiscal stimulus will increase the debt burden of local and regional authorities.

| 21/03/2022
| CHINA
by John Ai

Five people were charged with stalking and harassing Chinese residents in the United States under the instruction of Beijing's intelligence service. Washington bulls them as actions of "transnational repression" against those who are not aligned with the Communist regime.

| 18/03/2022
| CHINA

Just under 5,000 deaths in three months, mostly elderly. Under citicisim from the population, businesses and experts, the city government is preparing new health regulations. Local leader Carrie Lam also attacked by members of her (pro-Beijing) camp. Central authorities fear the situation could create political and social instability.

| 17/03/2022
| RED LANTERNS

It was scheduled for next autumn. Xi Jinping would need a "small victory" to secure a third term in power. Taipei cannot confirm the authenticity of the document, but it is credible, according to a well-known investigative journalist. After invasion of Ukraine, Taiwanese more ready to fight.

| 16/03/2022
| TAIWAN - CHINA
by Li Qiang

Fears of US reprisals in case of Chinese aid to Moscow has sparked a sell-off of shares in Chinese hi-tech companies. The US National Security advisor issues a warning. For Yang Jiechi, “the situation in Ukraine has reached a point that the Chinese side does not want to see.” The Chinese are in "damage control" mode.

| 15/03/2022
| CHINA
by John Ai

Cases in China have reached record levels since the end of the Wuhan lockdown two years ago. Thousands of infections across the country. Many cities are in lockdown, including the megacity of Shenzhen. The situation in Hong Kong is out of control.

 

 

| 14/03/2022
| CHINA

China imports nearly half of the gas, mostly in liquified form from Australia and the US. Only one gas pipeline connects Russia to China at present, but three are under construction. This will help China, but won’t be enough to compensate Russia for its loss of European markets.

| 12/03/2022
| CHINA – RUSSIA
by Emanuele Scimia

In his latest speech at the end of the "Two Sessions", China’s incumbent premier is open to working with the United States to overcome the global economic crisis caused by the pandemic. For Beijing, striking a deal with Washington is better than a tactical "quasi-alliance" with Moscow. Confrontation with Washington is not paying off at a difficult time for the Chinese economy.

| 11/03/2022
| CHINA
by John Ai

China's defence budget up 7.1 per cent this year, higher than the expected GDP growth of 5.5 per cent. The announcement by Premier Li Keqiang at the annual meeting of the National People's Congress. Beijing is preparing "legal" instruments to justify potential military operations. 

 

 

| 10/03/2022
| RED LANTERNS

Justin Lin Yifu, a former World Bank vice president, makes the prediction. The effects of the war in Ukraine will impact China as well as the US. For Lin, the Chinese economy still has strong untapped potential; however, foreign investors just sold Chinese bonds worth US$ 10.6 billion.

| 09/03/2022
| CHINA
by John Ai

The Chinese embassy suggested that Chinese citizens take trains to neighbouring countries. Chinese man shot and wounded: now in hospital. Beijing denies the death of Chinese students and continues to censor online anti-war speeches.

 

 

| 08/03/2022
| CHINA - UKRAINE

Peng Liyuan is special envoy for the promotion of girl's and women's education at the UN agency. A humanitarian group accuses her of not speaking out in connection with the case a Chinese woman found chained in a rural area. China’s gender gap is fuelling sexual trafficking of women.

| 08/03/2022
| CHINA

For China’s foreign minister, Taiwan is an “internal” matter, whilst the Ukraine-Russia confrontation is between two sovereign states. Speaking on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress, he said that his government was willing to mediate between Moscow and Kyiv. He also announced plans to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine. China fears the creation of an Asian NATO.

| 07/03/2022
| CHINA

Among those infected were Lee Cheuk-yan, Albert Ho and Koo Sze-yiu, who has stage four cancer. Almost 60,000 cases a day in the city: one in seven prisoners is infected. Prison authorities: most are asymptomatic. Hong Kong Watch: 721 democratic figures are locked up in city prisons.

| 04/03/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

With a possible attack by Beijing in mind, Su Tseng-chang points to Ukrainians' resistance slowing down the Russian advance. Taipei is trying to reassure the population that the two situations are different. But doubts shroud the real will of the Taiwanese to oppose the Chinese.

 

| 03/03/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by John Ai

The deaths have raised concerns about internet censorship and the protection of workers' rights. China's high-tech giants face the double challenge of strict government regulation and stagnant economic growth.

 

| 02/03/2022
| CHINA
by John Ai

Chinese propaganda manipulates opinions on the invasion of Ukraine. Official media quote Russian media, while opinions on the web against the war are censored. Beijing authorities want to avoid criticism from the international community and possible retaliation against Chinese citizens in Ukraine.

 

| 28/02/2022
| CHINA-UKRAINE-RUSSIA

A senior Chinese diplomat defends his government's traditional policy of respecting national sovereignty, stressing that the principle also applies to the Ukrainian question. However, at the UN, China abstains from condemning the Russian invasion. Xi Jinping asks Putin to negotiate with Kyiv.

| 26/02/2022
| CHINA – RUSSIA

China is ready to buy Russian wheat without phytosanitary restrictions. However, it will take much more to mitigate the impact of punitive Western financial restrictions. Meanwhile, China continues to avoid describing Russian aggression as an "invasion". For Australia, China’s position is “unacceptable”.

| 25/02/2022
| CHINA – RUSSIA
by Emanuele Scimia

Like in the case of Crimea, China will not recognise the two breakaway republics in Ukraine’s Donbass region. It cannot make up for Russian gas supplies to Europe. Beijing is still reluctant to follow the Kremlin in its de-dollarisation efforts. For the Chinese, the rich markets of the United States and Europe are too important.

| 23/02/2022
| CHINA – RUSSIA
by John Ai

Xiong Yan allegedly sided with the Chinese authorities, who were responsible for repressing the democracy movement in 1989. Criticised for taking part in an event against the establishment of the 4th of June Museum in New York, organised by a pro-Beijing group. He is a candidate for the US Congress: he wants funds and votes.

| 22/02/2022
| CHINA

Faithful of Xinxiang diocese: "He is being held in an unknown place, illegally". Arrested last May after a cancer operation. Under to Chinese law, the detention of a person without charge cannot last more than three months. The provisional agreement between China and the Holy See appears to have been "betrayed" by many.

 

 

 

| 21/02/2022
| CHINA
by Lu Haitao

Members of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council thank Xi Jinping for his “instructions”. Mass testing and quarantine facilities are being prepared. Testing vehicles and medical staff are arriving from mainland China.  Hong Kong’s health approach is linked to state “political correctness”.

| 18/02/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The youngest, Fr Shi from Liaoning, was 45. Fr Han of Lanzhou died at the age of 56. Fr Wang, 87, from the archdiocese of Beijing, was a victim of Maoist repression when he was young. Sister Teresa Li Xuefang was a member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Shaanxi.

| 15/02/2022
| CHINA
by Silvina Premat

A memorandum of understanding is signed during Argentine President Alberto Fernández’s visit to China. His predecessor Macri kept China’s plans at bay in favour of relations with the United States. On paper, China plans to invest US$ 24 billion. Mexico, Brazil and Colombia are next China’s list.

| 14/02/2022
| CHINA – ARGENTINA
by Lu Haitao

The Chinese tennis star gave an interview to L'Équipe supervised by government handlers. She denied the sexual abuse allegation against former vice premier Zhang Gaoli. Doubts remain about her freedom. The Communist Party is using sport as a political tool.

| 11/02/2022
| CHINA
by Lu Haitao

Zhu Yi has come under the spotlight of national public opinion after two falls. According to critics, she was only chosen because of the influence of her father, a renowned scientist and expert in artificial intelligence. On the other hand, the gold medal-winning skier Eileen Gu, who was also born in the United States, was acclaimed.

| 10/02/2022
| RED LANTERNS

The Nepali government wants to settle the issue by diplomatic means. The affected area borders on Tibet. China denies accusations that it is limiting religious and economic activities on the Nepali side. Security considerations are said to be behind China’s actions.

| 09/02/2022
| CHINA – NEPAL
by Li Qiang

His sixth profile on the popular messaging site has been deleted. The lawyer says Tencent - owner of the social media - is trampling on civil rights. It was a veiled attack on the authorities, who tightly control the Internet. The academic has long been a government target.

| 08/02/2022
| CHINA

Baloch separatists carried out two attacks before Prime Minister Imran Khan flew to China for the Winter Olympics. The two countries discussed the future of Chinese investment in the port of Gwadar. Some accuse New Delhi of manipulating terrorist groups. The conflict dates back to partition with India.

 

 

| 08/02/2022
| PAKISTAN-CHINA

Tourist receipts are down by 3.9 per cent in one year, and now represent only 56.3 per cent of those reported in 2019, before the pandemic. The authorities issued a warning against domestic travel, while Beijing is in a security bubble for the Winter Olympics. China’s zero-tolerance policy against the coronavirus is a threat to growth.

| 07/02/2022
| CHINA

Koo Sze-yiu, 75, allegedly wanted to protest outside the Beijing Liaison Office to draw attention to imprisoned members of the pro-democracy movement. Meanwhile in Guangzhou, a Christian who has been in prison for months will be put on trial on 11 February for calling for prayers in memory of those who died in Tiananmen.

 

 

| 05/02/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Four articles in Ta Kung Pao slam the cardinal for the 2019 protest movement and the pro-democracy movement, which was recently muzzled by the authorities under the security law. The move could herald a crackdown against religious activities in Hong Kong with Catholic and Protestant schools as the first targets.

| 04/02/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Iraq would be the first beneficiary of Chinese investments for 2021 under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Nine billion euros have been earmarked for infrastructure projects. According to Chinese data, Iraq is the third most important Belt and Road partner after Pakistan and Russia. However, some sources deny the Chinese figures. In Iraqi Kurdistan, university students are attracted by the study of the Chinese language. 

 

| 03/02/2022
| IRAQ - CHINA
by Li Qiang

A report published by Peking University notes that the United States is still ahead in artificial intelligence, information technology and the aerospace technology. Decoupling brings disadvantages to both sides, but more to China. So far, Xi Jinping has not responded to the US boycott of Chinese hi-tech giants.

| 01/02/2022
| CHINA – UNITED STATES

Some have been waiting to be tried for more than a year. PIME missionary Fr Mella urges Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, a Catholic, to put pressure on the central government. He hopes Pope Francis will sign a petition presented to local authorities.

| 31/01/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA

In his first interview, to the PIME magazine “Mondo e Missione”, Mgr Stephen Chow Sau-yan talks about the challenges of his ministry in a city struggling with Beijing’s increasingly harsh crackdown. “We are here as prophets, but with the humility of dialogue,” he says. “Our main task is to protect students.” Yet, “Culture can be subversive.”

| 30/01/2022
| ECCLESIA IN ASIA
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

The Sri Lankan government banned a shipment from China. Driven by the need for Chinese help to cope with its economic crisis, Sri Lankan authorities had agreed to pay for the supply, but the Chinese company claims Sri Lanka violated the terms of the agreement.

| 29/01/2022
| SRI LANKA - CHINA

After signing contracts worth more than a billion dollars with the International Olympic Committee, sponsors are under pressure over China’s human rights violations, caught between a loss of international standing and access to the Chinese market. In general, they prefer not to irritate Beijing.

 

| 28/01/2022
| CHINA

In Transparency International’s 2021 index of 180 countries, Taiwan island climbs three positions. China has a score of 45, the Asia-Pacific average. New Zealand, Denmark and Finland are at the top. Taiwan is an example of participatory digital democracy.

| 26/01/2022
| TAIWAN – CHINA

A former senior official linked to Bo Xilai, an enemy of the Chinese president sentenced to life in prison in 2013, has been charged. Xi lacks complete control of the regime's political and legal apparatus. Veiled attacks from the liberalist front and foreign policy experts.

| 25/01/2022
| CHINA

Leading in the polls Ferdinand Marcos Jr is holding to a more ambiguous position. Other candidates call for the 2016 ruling against Chinese claims to be upheld. The four want closer cooperation with the United States and its allies as well as greater Philippine military presence in the area.

| 24/01/2022
| PHILIPPINES - CHINA

Lithuanian exports to China dropped by more than 90 per cent in December following the opening of a Taiwanese diplomatic office in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius under the name of Taiwan. The Chinese deny they are engaged in a trade boycott, but the dispute is affecting companies from other EU countries that use components made in Lithuania.

 

| 21/01/2022
| CHINA – LITHUANIA

The Malaysian foreign minister speaks out against the new approach. China now claims the “Four Sha”, four archipelagos in the area rather than the "Nine-Dash line". However, the substance does not change. According to experts both theories have no legal basis. In recent months, Chinese ships have been involved in incidents with Malaysia and Indonesia.

| 19/01/2022
| CHINA – MALAYSIA

The Edelman Trust Barometer found that trust in China’s government stood at 83 per cent. In liberal democracies, public support for leaders has plunged, except in India, largely due to the way they tackled the COVID-19 pandemic and handled the economy. Among advanced economies, only Singapore and Greece see China more favorably than the United States.

| 18/01/2022
| CHINA

Around 10 million children born in 2021, just 480,000 more than the number of people who have died. The population may have reached its peak. The demographic slowdown is being affected by high cost of living and new social habits. The situation is a further threat to the country's economic growth.

 

| 17/01/2022
| CHINA

A small chapel was built near the ski resort, which will host some Olympic events, in the early part of the 20th century, a testimony to the work of many missionaries in Hebei province. For Fr Heyndrickx, this is an opportunity to strengthen 200 years of friendship.

| 15/01/2022
| CHINA

Ranking is based on the Henley Passport Index, which looks at visa-free access to 227 locations. European and English-speaking countries are at the top. China is way down (64th), behind Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. Afghanistan is in last place.

 

| 15/01/2022
| ASIA

For Kim’s regime, fighting the pandemic is the top priority. However, North Korea fears Chinese political and economic retaliation. The US boycott weighed on the decision since Washington is viewed by North Korea as the only negotiating partner that can end its international isolation.

| 14/01/2022
| NORTH KOREA

Beijing and Syrian representatives sign the official entry into the Belt and Road Initiative, as a means of strengthening and relaunching bilateral relations. China has sent one million anti-Covid vaccines and Assad is boosting the axis of 'resistance'. For those in favour, it is a response to the poverty caused by the conflict. But there are those who speak of "a worser evil". 

| 14/01/2022
| SYRIA - CHINA
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

Indebted and grappling with a severe financial crisis, Colombo tries to balance the interests of Beijing, Delhi and Washington. Affected by the pandemic, the island nation needs foreign currency to pay for its growing imports. China’s “debt trap” is an issue. Sri Lanka reaches oil deals with India.

| 13/01/2022
| SRI LANKA – CHINA

The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, a voice known worldwide for his battles for human rights in China, turns 90 today.

| 13/01/2022
| HONG KONG

She had been battling colon cancer for a long time. Instead of allowing the dissident to visit her, the authorities arrested him. He has been missing for almost a year. When he was a student, Guo participated in the Tiananmen protests. In detention, he was tortured several times.

| 12/01/2022
| CHINA
by Li Qiang

Outbreak in Tianjin: danger of contagion from numerous commuters. Cases also in Guangdong, Shaanxi and Henan. With "zero Covid" strategy positive athletes will not be able to compete. Staff of the Olympic facilities and the Police isolated. Tourist resorts hosting ski competitions closed.

 

| 11/01/2022
| CHINA

Official line: Csto troops, led by Moscow, intervened to protect government structures from attacks by foreign trained Islamists. In all likelihood, Moscow military used in the power struggle with the faction of former President Nazarbayev. So far the energy pipelines are safe, including those to China.

| 10/01/2022
| KAZAKHSTAN - CHINA

The arrest of Protestant pastor An Yankui and one of his collaborators has been formalised in Shanxi. The two have been in prison for more than a month over a trip to Malaysia. The authorities ban their wives and lawyers from visiting them. Meanwhile, Taiwan inaugurates a Jewish cultural centre.

 

| 08/01/2022
| CHINA - TAIWAN
by Emanuele Scimia

China is the main economic player in Central Asia, but Russia remains the dominant military power. However, over time Beijing may no longer be able to outsource its trade and energy security in the region to Moscow. Many Kazakhs see the Chinese as invaders and blast China for its repression in Xinjiang.

| 07/01/2022
| CHINA - KAZAKHSTAN

Charges include genocide, torture, rape and crimes against humanity. The action follows inaction by international bodies. Turkish citizens are among the Uyghurs imprisoned in China. The initiative will have little practical effect, but it creates a political problem for Erdogan.

| 05/01/2022
| CHINA – TURKEY

The protesters, all investors, are demanding their money back. They fear being sacrificed by the authorities to save the real estate giant. Police are on alert because of growing social malaise caused by the situation. In another blow to the company, Hainan province orders the demolition of 39 buildings.

| 04/01/2022
| CHINA

This follows Stand News’s closure a few days ago. Under the national security law, the boundaries between what is lawful and what is not lawful for the press no longer exist. The law has already affected the Apple Daily, RTHK, DB TV and several foreign journalists.

| 03/01/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA

From the general of repression in Myanmar to the courageous nun in Kabul, from the voices of freedom in prison in Hong Kong to the Jesuit who died after eight months in jail in India: we retrace these twelve months in Asia through the stories of some key figures that we have told on AsiaNews. 

| 31/12/2021
| END OF YEAR

Clothing items are sold to Chinese companies. Using forced labour in concentration camps reduces the risks of spreading COVID-19. Faced with the economic crisis, Kim Jong-un orders “important revolutionary measures" in agriculture. United Nations slams North Korea’s crimes against humanity.

| 30/12/2021
| NORTH KOREA – CHINA

Today's headlines: Japanese expatriates in Taiwan are studying escape routes in the event of a Beijing attack on the island; Omicron alert, Riyadh reimposes social distancing measures at Mecca and Medina; on Christmas Eve, Vietnamese authorities attacked dozens of Montagnard Christians; the Russian Duma introduces a committee for the defence of Christian values. 

| 30/12/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Under Beijing's security law police have detained journalists or former staff members of the territory's last independent media outlet. Computers and archive material were confiscated. Deputy editor Ronson Chan was also questioned and released. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack. 

 

 

| 29/12/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Mario Marazzi

The Christmas greeting of the dean of PIME missionaries in Hong Kong: 'In the assembly of nations China should not be a threat, but play a role in promoting peace. I work in my room like a scribe, I meet fewer people, but I always feel inclined towards the people who are waiting for the Good News of Jesus". 

 

| 24/12/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Canada and New Zealand have no intention of joining AUKUS, the military pact between the United States, Britain and Australia. However Ottawa says the arrangement is complementary to its interests in the Indo-Pacific. Wellington is ready to cooperate on cyber. The two countries do not want to formally take part in a military combination with a strong anti-China character.

| 23/12/2021
| ASIA-PACIFIC

Having a real picture of the country’s economy is necessary to ensure growth and social stability. About 278 officials have been punished while 787 companies were sanctioned. Local leaders manipulate data seeking promotions. The provinces’ “hidden” debt ranges between US$ 5.8 trillion and US$ 8.3 trillion. Li Keqiang is a critical of the situation.

 

| 22/12/2021
| CHINA

New measures have been published and will come into force on March 1, 2022. The rules apply to masses, sermons, formation and all religious information services. This is the "democratic" control of religions sought by Xi. Bans have been imposed on Christmas celebrations, a "western" threat to Chinese culture.

 

 

| 21/12/2021
| CHINA

Only 30.2 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballot. This was the first poll after pro-democracy groups were excluded under reformed election law. Pro-Beijing camp won 89 out of 90 seats with one lonely seat going to a centrist candidate. Catholic diocese expressed concerns over the region’s full democratisation. The central government claims that the election was “representative” and “inclusive”.

 

| 20/12/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

According to the International Energy Agency, the global figure is set to rise by 9% this year, threatening climate change targets. Delhi had promised to reduce harmful emissions by 2070; Beijing by 2060: insufficient commitments, which remain words on paper.

 

| 18/12/2021
| INDIA-CHINA

He has not been heard from since 10 December, World Human Rights Day. He was due to attend an event at the EU embassy. He has long been persecuted by the regime, which prevents him from reaching his sick daughter in Japan. Human rights lawyer Guo Feixiong is in a similar situation.

 

 

| 18/12/2021
| CHINA

The island warns Communist China not to interfere. Polls open tomorrow. The government has sided with the no vote on all four questions, but the polls do not favour it. The most important, especially for relations with the US, is the one on the reinstatement of the ban on ractopamine meat imports. The others concern energy policy and the conduct of future referendums.

 

 

| 17/12/2021
| TAIWAN - CHINA

Protesters demand a stop to large Chinese fishing boats wiping out small-scale fishing, the basis of the local economy. China is taking 91 per cent of port revenues. New Chinese investments are at risk. A solution to the crisis includes social and redistributive programmes.

| 16/12/2021
| PAKISTAN – CHINA
by Li Qiang

A Japanese study predicted China to surpass the US by 2028 and 2029. But China’s current economic difficulties and US recovery are having an impact. New COVID-19 outbreaks is slowing domestic consumption, which is one of Xi Jinping’s key goals. Government action will only mitigate the slowdown.

| 15/12/2021
| CHINA – UNITED STATES

Elections for Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo) are set for next Sunday. Regime media criticise pollsters who expect a low turnout. With most of their leaders in prison, on trial or in self-exile, pro-democracy groups are de facto excluded from the vote. Catholic media magnate Jimmy Lai Another gets another 13 months in prison.

 

| 14/12/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Washington imposes a symbolic embargo on arms sales to Cambodia. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen responds by turning on the anti-American rhetoric with, in the background, Chinese activity at the Ream Naval Base in Sihanoukville.

| 11/12/2021
| CAMBODIA

The Central American country is the eighth diplomatic ally taken from the island in the past five years. Taiwan now has full formal relations with only 14 states, including the Vatican. Honduras is at risk. Beijing wants to reduce Taipei's international room, while the United States is trying to widen it.

| 10/12/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA

Today's headlines: Chinese and Nepalese start work on a Kathmandu-Tibet railway. North Koreans forced to burn garbage to heat homes. "Silent" strike today in Myanmar to protest the junta. Food prices skyrocket in Afghanistan. US combat troops leave Iraq. Pension risk in Kazakhstan.

 

| 10/12/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Today's healines: planrevealedfor invasion of Malaysia from the south of the Philippines . Canada joins diplomatic boycott the Beijing Winter Games. South Korean population expected to collapse. Israel and USA prepare anti-Iranian military exercises. Indian Armed Forces chief dies. Kyrgyz opposition launches parallel parliament.

| 09/12/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Activists Chow Hang-tung and Gwyneth Ho  also found guilty. They had refused to plead guilty, unlike 16 other defendants  already been convicted. Elections on 19 December, Carrie Lam: A low turnout would espress popular satisfaction with the government's work.

| 09/12/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Acting as a tourist, Guanguan travelled to various locations to check on detention camps’ existence. He found 18 different locations in operation and one abandoned. Ethnic Han Chinese have confirmed the existence of forced labour. The EU renews its sanctions against China’s repression of its Turkic speaking population.

| 26/11/2021
| CHINA
by Giorgio Licini*

Rioters continue to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Sogavare, also for being pro-Beijing. Casualties have been reported in the capital's Chinatown. Both public and private buildings, shops, and police stations have been set on fire. The prime minister refuses to give in to rioters.

| 26/11/2021
| SOLOMON ISLANDS – CHINA

China Harbour Engineering will build the Eastern Container Terminal in the Port of Colombo. Indians will still build the Western Container Terminal. The Sri Lankan president says he has to balance relations between Beijing and New Delhi. In the background loom fears over Beijing's “debt trap".

| 25/11/2021
| SRI LANKA – CHINA

Following attack on Parliament, the Chinatown of the capital Honiara was targeted. Australian peacekeeping force sent. Demands for ouster of Prime Minister Sogavare: in 2109 he broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and recognized China. The rioters come for the most part from the island of Malaita, which has close ties with Taipei.

| 25/11/2021
| SALOMON-CHINA
by Wei Jingsheng

Cracks have appeared in the CCP before and after its sixth plenary session. Internal opposition prevents President Xi from imposing his version of the third “historic resolution”. The case of tennis player Peng Shuai was artfully built to hit Zhang Gaoli. The Chinese do not accept Xi's dictatorial model. The “father of democracy" in China, now exiled in the United States, offers his thoughts.

| 24/11/2021
| CHINA

Today's headlines: A 20-year-old Hong Kong student activist Tony Chung will have to serve three years and seven months in prison; China's birth rate plummeted in 2020, marriages also at a low; Pakistan grants transit to Indian aid to Afghanistan; Tokyo and Hanoi strengthen military cooperation to counter Beijing. 

| 24/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Taiwanese companies that finance separatist groups and personalities will be punished "according to law," the Chinese government says, targeting those present also in China. Taiwanese multinational Far Eastern Group seems to be the first victim. Tensions high: US warships continue to pass through the Taiwan Strait.

| 23/11/2021
| CHINA - TAIWAN

Today's headlines: former dictator Chun Doo-Whan, the butcher of Gwangju, died at the age of 90 in Seoul; the first of three trials for the 2019 Easter massacres opened in Sri Lanka; Burma's shadow government raises money to fund the fight against the military junta; the IAEA chief in Tehran for nuclear talks; Kiev services: Russia ready to invade Ukraine between January and February. 

 

| 23/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY
by Emanuele Scimia

Xi Jinping told ASEAN countries that China does not seek hegemony in the South China Sea. For Washington, Vietnam "will define the future of Asia". Like the Chinese, the Vietnamese are boosting their presence on disputed atolls in the region. For expert Carlyle Thayer, conflict between Hanoi and Beijing is extremely unlikely.

| 22/11/2021
| VIETNAM – CHINA - UNIETD STATES

Democratic representation reduced to zero after electoral reform. Only 11 candidates out of 153 declare themselves unrelated to pro-Beijing forces. A candidate committed to the democratic protests of 2019-2020 suceeds in being admitted. The problem of voter turnout.

 

 

| 20/11/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

China needs coal to end its energy crisis. Given its stagnant economy, Russia is betting on China’s needs. While Beijing is encouraging the use of "clean" coal, its efforts to break from the polluting material are in danger. Putin’s Russia is now playing second fiddle to Xi’s China.

| 19/11/2021
| CHINA – RUSSIA

Today's headlines: Burmese junta arrests former Democratic MP and hip-hop star. Japan launches record 431 billion euro stimulus. Military talks between China and India on border issue resume. Alibaba's stock market plunge. Moscow wants to send prisoners to work at the North Pole. Collapse of the Turkish lira: the opposition calls for early elections.

| 19/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY
by Lu Haitao

The document, which was approved by the 6th plenary session of the Chinese Communist Party on 11 November, reveals its ambitious long-term project. The narratives of the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen have not changed. The Party’s mistakes are papered over.

 

| 18/11/2021
| CHINA

Today's headlines: Chinese coast guard blocks Philippine ships in the South China Sea. Gang smuggling lumber between Russia and China busted. Taiwan launches upgraded version of F-16 fighter jet. Covid-19 infection spike in South Korea. Explosion with riots in Shiite neighborhood of Kabul. Egypt and Qatar in aid of Gaza.

| 18/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

The pro-democracy activist defends in court the annual march in remembrance of the massacre of 4 June 1989. Police banned it in the past two years because of COVID-19. For Lee, the people of Hong Kong don't need to be encouraged to participate; the real provocateur is the regime, which “fired at its own people”.

| 17/11/2021
| HONG KONG
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The World Uyghur Congress calls for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. Violence also against Kazakh citizens. Tales of forced sterilisations. Prisoners tortured to death in Chinese concentration camps.

 

 

| 17/11/2021
| CHINA-CENTRAL ASEAN

Today's headlines: UAE announces purchase of South Korean anti-missile system. US and China agree on visas for journalists. Japan tests first self-driving superfast train. Protests in Kazakhstan over high prices. India reopens export of Covid vaccines. Tensions between Indonesia and Vietnam over fishing rights.

| 17/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Today's headlines: Kuwait "pardons" three political dissidents; China imprisons a blogger for "insulting" dead Chinese soldiers on the border with India; Journalist Danny Fenster freed in Myanmar; Hindu radicals attack the home of former Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid.

| 16/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

The two leaders held their first direct, albeit virtual meeting since the US president took office. In exchange for cooperation, Beijing does not want US meddling in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Tibet, the South and East China Seas, and especially Taiwan. Wide-ranging negotiations are difficult to open.

| 16/11/2021
| CHINA – UNITED STATES

North-eastern China is hit by another COVID-19 outbreak; as a result, the border is shut down again, halting trade. North Korea is almost entirely dependent on trade with Beijing and remittances from its workers employed in Chinese factories. However, the UN Security Council wants their repatriation to sanction the country’s nuclear programme.

| 15/11/2021
| NORTH KOREA - CHINA

In the headlines today: A new Covid outbreak in China; expectations ahead of the virtual meeting between Xi and Biden. Japan's economy declines sharply. Two journalists arrested in India for reporting on clashes in Tripura. Kabul mediates truce between Islamabad and Pakistani Taliban. Israel and the US launch partnerships against ransomware. Schism in the Russian Orthodox Church.

| 15/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

The authorities refused to renew the visa of Sue-Lin Wong, correspondent for the British weekly. Other journalists from foreign newspapers have been affected in the recent past. After the approval of the security law, reporters are forced into self-censorship. Beijing rejects all accusations.

| 13/11/2021
| HONG KONG
by Li Qiang

The CPC approves a third historical resolution, acknowledging that Xi solved problems left by his predecessors. A third term as president is likely. Reunifying Taiwan will be part of his legacy, but the latter is threatened by a looming economic crisis and US pressure.

| 12/11/2021
| CHINA

Today's headlines: Beijing wants to introduce mental screening for students; Israeli couple arrested in Turkey for photographing Erdogan's residence; controversy in Russia over the "mandatory, but not forced" introduction of the QR-Code; Damascus and Abu Dhabi sign a solar power agreement. 

| 12/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Police officers arrested Bishop Shao Zhumin on October 25. Officially, they took him away "on vacation". He is continuously subjected to political "re-education" sessions. Wang finally allowed to meet his wife; UN agency, humanitarian groups and political figures are calling for his immediate release.

 

 

| 11/11/2021
| CHINA

The news of the day: Thai authorities deported two Cambodian activists; the toll of floods in India and Sri Lanka rises to 41; in Hong Kong more than one in five citizens in poverty; a Taliban commander is the new governor of Kabul; Erdogan wants two more atomic power plants.

 

| 11/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

New Zealand joins Japan in support of Taiwan’s application, noting that those who abide by the pact's high standards are welcome. This is a warning to China, another applicant, which should reform its state economy. Peru, which is very close to Beijing, could sink Taiwan’s bid.

| 10/11/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA

Today's headlines: A "virtual summit" between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping next week; The Burmese junta indicts a US journalist for "sedition and terrorism"; China stages drills near Taiwan in response to US congressional delegation visit; The E-economy booms in Southeast Asia. 

| 10/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY
by Emanuele Scimia

Trump's tariffs, confirmed by Biden, have so far failed to rebalance the trade deficit between the two powers. Roosevelt Institute expert: without the 2018 duties, we would not have had an agreement like the EU deal on sustainable steel. The two sides of the Atlantic coordinate intervention to counter Chinese unfair practices.

 

| 09/11/2021
| CHINA-USA

The Israeli army reportedly rolloing out a far-reaching programme based on new technologies. Soldiers armed with smartphones have taken thousands of photographs, feeding an internal competition. Breaking the Silence denounces these as "highly invasive" methods of surveillance that reveal a "digitalisation" of the occupation. 

 

 

| 09/11/2021
| ISRAEL- PALESTINE

The day's news: In India, four newborn babies die in a hospital fire; China offers money for information in the fight against the new coronavirus; Pyongyang forges death certificates to remain 'Covid-free'; Pakistan signs ceasefire with Taliban.

| 09/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY
by Li Qiang

Approval of the CCP's third "historic resolution" is expected. The document will exalt the future of the country under Xi's leadership and could criticize the excesses of Deng Xiaoping's openings. The regime's internal balance remains unclear; a key clue will be Premier Li Keqiang's replacement.

| 08/11/2021
| CHINA

Today's news: Emirates opens to marriage, divorce and joint custody for non-Muslims, tensions between Delhi and Islamabad over the killing of an Indian fisherman, Thailand rejects calls for amendment to "lese majesty" law.

 

| 08/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY
by Lu Haitao

Zhang Zhan reported on the pandemic in Wuhan during the lockdown. Sentenced to four years in prison in December 2020, she has been on hunger strike for over a year. Family members: she may not make it through the winter. Human rights organisations ask Chinese authorities to release her.

 

| 06/11/2021
| CHINA

The sanctioned officials include Taiwan’s prime minister, foreign minister and parliamentary speaker. The Chinese government is ready to prosecute those on its list. China attacks MEPs visiting Taiwan. European countries are afraid about their relations with China.

| 05/11/2021
| CHINA - TAIWAN
by Lu Haitao

Peng Shuai made the accusation on social media. Hong Kong-listed shares of the politician's family plummet. Sportswoman says she wanted to tell the truth even though it's like "using an egg to hit the stone." Chinese authorities refuse to comment and set wheels of censorship in motion.

| 04/11/2021
| CHINA

The day's news: Pakistan's government tries to strike a deal with the Taliban, Iran says it will resume nuclear talks, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatens health workers.

| 04/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

Chung pleaded guilty to secession and money laundering, but rejected the charge of sedition. He is also said he is not ashamed of what he did as the leader of Studentlocalism. The sentence against delivery man Ma Chun-man will be read on 11 November.

| 03/11/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Lu Haitao

It is the third such document since the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. The plenary will set the stage for next year's 20th Congress. Uncertainties shroud power transition. Xi faced with multiple challenges as he enters ì his third term as supreme leader.

| 02/11/2021
| CHINA

Taiwan’s foreign minister is in Brussels after visiting Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Lithuania is next on his schedule. At the IPAC summit in Rome, he urged the EU to sign an investment agreement with his country. Taiwan’s international activism is beginning to pay dividends in the Old Continent.

 

| 30/10/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA
by Li Qiang

The authorities arrested Wu Lijie for the 2018 protests at the Jasic plant. Chai Xiaoming, editor of the Maoist website Red Reference, remains in prison. Ma Houzhi also stays prison – he tried to register the Maoist Communist Party of China. On the eve of the Party’s 6th Plenum, Xi does not tolerate any challenges to his power, from either left or right.

| 29/10/2021
| CHINA

The Agni-V has a range of over 5 thousand km. A possible signal to Beijing, while the two countries face off on the Himalayan border. Chinese and Indians very active in missile development. Beijing worries Washington with its hypersonic launchers; India wants to sell supersonic missiles to China's adversaries in the South China Sea.

 

| 28/10/2021
| INDIA - CHINA

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has approved changes to the film censorship law. It could be extended to online videos, putting at risk masterpieces like "From Beijing with love" and "Ten Years". For Commerce Secretary, there will not be any fallout on East Asia’s Hollywood.

 

| 27/10/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Officially, the cleric was taken away on "vacation". He is often subjected to brainwashing to push him to join the "official" church, controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. Targeted on the eve of the month of the dead. Persecuted like Msgr Lin Xili, first bishop of Wenzhou.

 

| 26/10/2021
| CHINA
by Lu Haitao

Zhu Xianjian was sentenced to 11 years in prison for robbing and stabbing a woman in 2013. The police are on his trail and have posted a bounty of more than 20,000 euros. In North Korea, the fugitive faces the death penalty.

| 25/10/2021
| CHINA-NORTH KOREA

The Chinese are accused of imprisoning 1.8 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz in camps. The number of signatories has more than doubled since the first official complaint in 2020. They include Turkey, which is suspected of deporting Uyghur refugees to China in exchange for economic aid. Beijing: "groundless" accusations.

| 23/10/2021
| CHINA

Joe Biden declares that the United States will defend the island in case of a Chinese attack, distancing himself from Washington’s traditional "strategic ambiguity". The EU Parliament asks to negotiate an investments agreement with Taiwan. London: Chinese air raids along the Taiwan Strait could trigger a conflict. Tokyo supports Taipei's joining the CPTPP

| 22/10/2021
| TAIWAN-CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Standoff over withdrawal of respective forces along the disputed frontier. The Chinese position long-range missile launchers in the region; the Indians deploy M777 howitzers. Indian government: we have the capabilities to face the Chinese army. China is better equipped, but its soldiers are unfamiliar with operations at high altitude.

| 21/10/2021
| CHINA-INDIA

Attendance limited to 800 people due to Covid-19. Widespread mourning among Chinese Catholics for a highly respected bishop. Bishop Yang often clashed with the government. Beloved also for his liturgical songs and poems.

 

 

| 20/10/2021
| CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Chinese are reportedly redeveloping an old Soviet outpost near the Wakhan Corridor. The goal is to block terrorist infiltration into Chinese territory. The Afghan Taliban have promised to drive out Uyghur extremists, Beijing's enemies. Russia observes China's moves in the region.

| 20/10/2021
| TAJIKISTAN - CHINA

The large Chinese real estate group risks bankruptcy. For China’s central bank, there is no "systemic" danger. On Wall Street, it is not seen as another Lehman Brothers. Chinese businesses are shifting investments from real estate to other sectors. Evergrande workers protest for non-payment of wages.

| 19/10/2021
| CHINA
by Lu Haitao

They have posted an election manifesto with their phone numbers on the web. The group of independent candidates includes family members of human rights lawyers and petitioners. They promise to represent ordinary people. Authorities unnerved by the move.

| 18/10/2021
| CHINA

The Abeka Academy in Suzhou and a private school in Zhenjiang were the target. Dozens of people were arrested, including children and parents. Last month, the police took action against a Christian music school in Harbin. The government is cracking down on after-school courses.

 

| 16/10/2021
| CHINA
by Li Qiang

For Xi, the country’s political system is a "great creation", the key to its global success. However, as the 20th Party congress approaches, tensions are developing with Vice President Wang Qishan and the Shanghai faction, led by Zeng Qinghong.

 

| 15/10/2021
| CHINA

The 99 year-old prelate had been hospitalized for days in a serious condition.  He was trained and worked together with the PIME fathers of Kaifeng and Weihui. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison during the Cultural Revolution. An ordinary bishop since 1999, he never easily submitted to the "patriotism" of the religious authorities linked to the Chinese Communist Party.

 

| 14/10/2021
| CHINA

The appeal was launched on Weixin, which was later blocked by censorship. Bishop Yang, 99, has difficulty breathing and his body is swollen. He is not an “underground” bishop, but has never submitted to the religious authorities linked to the Chinese Communist Party. He supported the protests against cross removals in Zhejiang and had run-ins with the police in Hebei.

| 13/10/2021
| CHINA

On October 15, Xi Jinping and the President of the European Council Charles Michel will have a telephone conversation. The aim is to reduce tensions. Punished by the Chinese for its growing relations with Taiwan, Vilnius calls for united EU intervention. Lithuanian MP: We are not like them, we must not respond with symmetrical retaliations or coercive measures.

 

 

| 12/10/2021
| TAIWAN - CHINA - EUROPE
by Lu Haitao

The film recounts the battle of Changjin Lake between US-led UN troops and Chinese soldiers. Released during China's national holiday. State propaganda dampens criticism of Beijing's aid to North Korea in the 1950-1953 conflict. Official media root for Luo Changping's detention.

| 11/10/2021
| CHINA

The new bishop, who will make his entry in Hong Kong on 4 December, has released his coat of arms and his motto. The latter show a willingness to overcome internal divisions and a Church that aims to widen its gaze towards a broader horizon.

| 08/10/2021
| HONG KONG

Hungry for raw materials, the Chinese returns to Australian products they previously boycotted. Australian coal a lifeline for China's energy crisis. Beijing's economic needs now outweigh geopolitical concerns, such as the growing military synergy between Canberra and Washington.

 

| 08/10/2021
| CHINA - AUSTRALIA
by Li Qiang

Some Uyghur intellectuals have been arrested on charges of terrorism and separatism, their whereabouts unknown. At present, more than a thousand Uyghur intellectuals are said to be in prison, their fate uncertain. The US reiterates its criticism of human rights violation in China. A virtual summit between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping is set for the end of the year.

| 07/10/2021
| CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Taiwanese Defence Minister warns of "most serious" situation between two sides of straight in 40 years. In the last five days Chinese warplanes have carried out 150 air raids near the island. US expert: China's sorties are a ploy to mask a real attack in the future. Taipei unprepared for an invasion. Hypothesis of attack also immediately after the Beijing Olympics.

| 06/10/2021
| TAIWAN - CHINA

Washington outlines its trade strategy toward Beijing. U.S. Trade Representative: open dialogue for full implementation of the January 2020 agreement, largely disregarded by the Chinese. Planned re-booting of targeted exemptions for exports from China. Signs of thaw between the two sides continues: possible face-to-face between Biden and Xi Jinping.

 

| 05/10/2021
| UNITED STATES-CHINA

It is the third pro-democracy group to close its doors in less than two weeks. Driven by political pressure from the authorities. Since its adoption, the security measure has led to the arrest of 154 people.  96 remanded for trial. A 24-year-old already sentenced to 9 years in prison. Organized opposition of democratic civil society now eliminated.

 

| 04/10/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

On the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Beijing carries out the largest air incursion in history. Taiwan’s prime minister calls it “military aggression". The action comes as China and Taiwan clash over joining the CPTPP free trade deal.

| 02/10/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA

Sudden power outages threaten production and undermine the confidence of foreign investors. Europeans blame extreme measures adopted by  provinces to meet the environmental targets set by the central government. Action plans requested from the authorities. Taipei: many companies active in China could see production move to the island nation.

 

 

| 01/10/2021
| CHINA

Student hears charges being read in front of tearful mother. Seven members of the group Returning Valiant, including four minors, were denied bail. Accused of conspiring to incite subversion. The assets of the Alliance that organizes the annual Tiananmen vigil frozen.

| 30/09/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

According to AidData, China grants US$ 85 billion a year in aid and loans, charging higher interests than the West. The debt of 42 nations to Beijing is more than 10 per cent of their GDP. BRI partners are unlikely to look at the alternatives offered by the US and the EU.

| 29/09/2021
| CHINA

Growth forecasts drop below 8 per cent. Power shortages have been affected 16 out of 31 provinces and 44 per cent of industrial capacity. Outages are causing more workplace accidents. Residents in north-east China are left without heating. Local authorities cut supplies to meet emission reduction targets. Government media, however, praise the regime as a model for other nations.

 

| 28/09/2021
| CHINA
by Li Qiang

The pro-market wing is targeting the "common prosperity" advocated by the Chinese leader: it could turn into "common poverty". It is unlikely that Xi will save Evergrande, the real estate giant at risk of bankruptcy: links with the opposing faction of the Communist Youth. Sinologist Willy Lam: the president does not even have the unconditional support of the army.

| 27/09/2021
| CHINA

The case of the well-known activist, detained for over 20 months without trial, has worsened. Despite his detention, he is reportedly in good health. A critic of Xi Jinping, he will not plead guilty. The same charge has been brought against Ding Jiaxi, another human rights lawyer linked to the New Citizens Movement founded by Xu.

 

 

| 25/09/2021
| CHINA

The great free trade agreement, boycotted by Trump, is the heir to the TPP promoted by Obama in an anti-Chinese key. China asks member countries to reject the Taiwanese application for entry. Taipei: the Chinese are "arch-bullies", without the requirements to join the trade pact. Japan welcomes Taipei's request. Beijing will have difficulty being accepted.

 

 

| 24/09/2021
| CHINA - TAIWAN

Could be considered a "secessionist" act. Risk of life imprisonment for those who fly the Taiwanese flag. Security Secretary: To be assessed on a case-by-case basis based on "intent"; "dark forces" have yet to be fully eradicated. Tension between Beijing and Taiwan over entry into CPTPP trade bloc.

| 23/09/2021
| HONG KONG-TAIWAN-CHINA
by Giorgio Licini *

The new security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States comes at a time when there is talk of a new US military base on Manus Island (PNG). Meanwhile, container ships deliver Chinese goods to ports, while Beijing has set sights on Daru Island. An increasingly armed balance of power is emerging, raising fears that the ocean might became a theatre for military confrontation between major powers.

| 23/09/2021
| OCEANIA – WEST – CHINA

Cambodian police and Chinese agents raided a building complex in the capital. The criminal activities involved were not directly linked to the China Project. Most of those arrested and their victims are from the Chinese province of Yunnan.

| 22/09/2021
| CAMBODIA - CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

The Xiaomi cell phones focus of concerns: they censor expressions like "free Tibet" and "democratic movement". Lithuanian cyber analysts: at the moment there are 449 expressions censored. High tension between the Baltic Republic and Beijing. Lithuanian diplomacy seeks to downplay situation.

| 22/09/2021
| LITHUANIA-CHINA

China had also sent 13 million vaccines to the military junta. Given the inefficiency of the military, in order to prevent contagions from spreading to Chinese territory, Beijing is directly helping the ethnic armed formations that control the borders. 

| 22/09/2021
| CHINA - MYANMAR

Former French Defence Minister Alain Richard will lead a delegation despite an attempt by the Chinese embassy in Paris to block the trip. Meanwhile, China’s “intimidation” against European governments continues as evince by the Lithuania case.  The EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific also stems from an interest in Taiwanese microchips.

 

| 21/09/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA – FRANCE

The 1,500 members of the committee are practically all loyal to Beijing. Yesterday's elections chosen 364 components; 4,380 citizens participated in the vote: in 2016, before the electoral reform, they had been 246 thousand. Democratic front: the Chinese Communist Party fears public opinion.

| 20/09/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Cambodia extends vaccination campaign to children under six. The aim is to immunize 91 per cent of the population and reopen the tourism sector. China and the UAE plan to vaccinate three-year-old. Hong Kong lawmakers turn to Pfizer for a third jab after no antibodies detected from Chinese vaccine.

| 17/09/2021
| ASIA

Conceived in anti-Chinese terms, Trump had rejected it in 2017. Japan is skeptical. The Chinese would have to meet the pact's high standards, especially on the environment, labor rights and state-owned enterprises. Taiwan also wants to join the CPTPP. Consumption languishes in China, Xi still relies on exports for recovery from pandemic.

 

| 17/09/2021
| CHINA

Australians will be able to build nuclear submarines with US technology. The agreement includes cooperation on artificial intelligence, cyber and quantum technology. Beijing slams move as "irresponsible". Protests from France, which loses a contract for the sale of submarines to Canberra. New Zealand also distances itself.

 

| 16/09/2021
| THE WEST-CHINA

For the past two years, authorities have banned events commemorating the 4 June 1989 massacre. Sentences of between six and 10 months were imposed. Some defendants are already in prison for other sentences. The executive continues to target Apple Daily and the local journalists association.

| 15/09/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

This is the latest outbreak in the country, following those in Jiangsu, Guangdong and Yunnan. Events and celebrations for the Mid-Autumn Festival cancelled. Some cities in partial lockdown; public places and schools closed. Health experts: new wave of infections will be contained within a month.

| 14/09/2021
| CHINA

Following an investigation by the Khmer Times, police raided a hotel-casino. A number of people were arrested and two victims released. Firearms were also found. Those arrested will be questioned after a 14-day quarantine. To avoid the crackdown, criminal activities are being moved away from the coastal city.

| 14/09/2021
| CAMBODIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Siberian entrepreneurs seeking investment from China. Moscow needs to boost energy supplies between Lake Bajkal and the Amur River. The Chinese want control of the new facilities.  Russian critics say opening the doors to Beijing's money goes against the national interest.

 

| 14/09/2021
| RUSSIA-CHINA

Turnout falls to 42 per cent, 15 points lower than in 2017. Pro-democracy leaders were excluded in July for violating the special region’s constitution. The authorities blamed the heat and COVID-19 for keeping voters away. In Hong Kong, a well-known pro-democracy leader quit the group that organises the vigil for Tiananmen.

 

| 13/09/2021
| MACAU – CHINA

Indians and Australians want to increase military cooperation. Both countries have open disputes with Beijing. Exercises also in the Quad. Indian expert: Dialogue between India, Australia, the US and Japan goes beyond responding to the Chinese threat. China is India's biggest trading partner.

| 11/09/2021
| INDIA-AUSTRALIA

The new facility, which aims to boost Israel's presence in maritime trade, has been operational since September 1. A .7 billion investment managed by the Shanghai International Port Group. The aim is to become a regional hub, counting on growing ties with Arab nations. Washington against the Beijing-Jerusalem axis. 

| 11/09/2021
| ISRAEL - CHINA

The coastal city has received a lot of Chinese investment in recent years. Inside the China Project compound, at least 8,000 people are held prisoner, trained to commit Internet fraud. A Khmer Times investigation found that criminals are moving their activities to other parts of the country.

| 10/09/2021
| CAMBODIA

The US president does not want the competition to become an open conflict. Xi wants to reset bilateral relations. COVID-19, environment, North Korea and Afghanistan are possible areas of cooperation. The US Navy challenges the Chinese near the Spratly islands, which are the source of a dispute between China and other countries in the region.

| 10/09/2021
| CHINA – UNITED STATES
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Kremlin and Chinese have invested heavily in Guinean mines, supporting deposed President Alpha Condé.  The role of the Russians in the international traffic of cocaine, which also passes through Guinea. Suspicions that the US and Europe favored the coup to weaken Russia and China.

 

| 10/09/2021
| RUSSIA-CHINA-GUINEA

After 24 hours, the authorities released students detained during a raid against the Maizi Christian Music High School. Nothing is known of school principal Xu since he was arrested. Meanwhile, the members of the (Methodist) Mingdao Church in Fuzhou (Fujian) will soon be able to pray again in their place of worship. Since 2019 it is protected as a local heritage site.

| 09/09/2021
| CHINA

The clergyman had been administering the diocese since December 2012, as well as acting as deputy secretary of the Beijing-controlled Bishops' Conference. The Holy See spokesman confirms that the ceremony took place within the framework of the Sino-Vatican agreement. Pope Francis approved the appointment on 23 June 2021. Cui will be bishop of Hankou/Wuhan, based on the name recognised by Rome.

| 08/09/2021
| CHINA - VATICANO

They belong to the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China and had refused to cooperate with the police for national security. The pro-democracy group is accused of being a foreign agent. As in the case of the Teachers Union and the Civil Human Rights Front, the Alliance now considers disbanding.

| 08/09/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Targeted by authorities, Jimmy Lai's pro-democracy daily stopped publishing in June. Calls for Next Digital liquidation to pay off outstanding debts. The executive never said which incriminated articles violated the law. The Tiananmen massacre vigil organising committee also accused of "colluding" with foreign forces.

 

 

| 06/09/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The ordination ceremony will be held on 8 September in the Cathedral of St Joseph. The episcopal see had been vacant for 14 years. The appointment by government authorities was done less than a year ago. This will be the fourth ordination since the renewal of the Sino-Vatican agreement. There is a problem of jurisdiction with respect to three different episcopal sees.

| 05/09/2021
| CHINA

It will join Shanghai and Shenzhen to help small and medium-sized hi-tech firms raise capital. In China, banks tend to favour large state-owned enterprises. The move is designed to reassure investors, worried about the government's crackdown on tech giants and its anti-sanctions law.

| 03/09/2021
| CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Preliminary negotiations begin at the end of September. British participation brings the trade block to cover 16% of world GDP. Difficult the participation of Taiwanese, opposed by Beijing. Taiwan wants a bilateral trade and investment agreement with the United Kingdom: tepid the Johnson administration, in favour Lord Alton, sanctioned by the Chinese.

| 02/09/2021
| UNITED KINGDOM-TAIWAN-CHINA

In the interview with Spanish Radio COPE, the Pope spoke at length about the agreement with China on episcopal appointments. “These are steps that can be questionable and the results on one side or the other.”

| 01/09/2021
| VATICAN – CHINA

All accused of organizing and taking part in a banned demonstration. Six of those convicted are already serving jail time. League of Social Democrats: until recently, fines were imposed for these offenses. Carrie Lam denies repression, critics point to facts telling a different story.

| 01/09/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Worst data since the beginning of the pandemic. New lockdowns, recent floods and a difficult global economic picture weigh heavily. Youth unemployment at 16.2%. Crackdown on hi-tech giants burned €845 billion on the stock market. The impact of the fight against climate change.

| 31/08/2021
| CHINA

A reward system for reporting “crimes” related to religious worship is introduced in Heilongjiang. Anyone snitching by phone, email or letter can get up to US$ 150. Two members of Chengdu’s Early Rain Covenant Church were arrested while police used force during raid.

| 26/08/2021
| CHINA

The Iraqi government has signed an initial agreement with the giant PowerChina for the construction of a power plant with a capacity of 2 thousand megawatts. The world's second-largest Opec producer, the country depends on imports from Iran, which is subject to U.S. sanctions. In 2020, it burned about 17.37 billion cubic meters of gas. 

| 26/08/2021
| IRAQ - CHINA

The US leader is in Southeast Asia to counter China’s influence and revive US global leadership. In the vaccine war, the US will provide an additional million doses of vaccine to Vietnam within 24 hours. The region’s countries prefer a policy of balance between the two powers.

 

| 25/08/2021
| CHINA – UNITED STATES – VIETNAM

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council will examine proposed legislative changes next week. If adopted, the new rules will impose up to three years in prison and a fine worth US$ 128,000. Productions that promote subversion, secession and terrorism are targeted. Controversy surrounds Nicole Kidman’s boutique shopping in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.

| 24/08/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

A plan to undertake “all-round efforts” to promote “sinicisation” is announced at a ceremony marking 70 years of Chinese rule over Tibet. The Dalai Lama is targeted for his “separatist” activities. The event is an opportunity to boost the “cult of personality” surrounding President Xi Jinping who is seeking a third term in office after limits were lifted.

 

| 23/08/2021
| CHINA – TIBET

Struggling with the catastrophic effects of its one-child policy, the Chinese Communist Party plans changes to its three-child policy. Couples will be able to have four or more children without punishments. However, most people, especially in urban areas, see large families as unsustainable because of the cost of living.

| 20/08/2021
| CHINA

A controversial statement about an attack that took place a month ago against a police officer is the basis for their arrest. If found guilty, they face up to 10 years in prison. Thanks to Hong Kong’s controversial security law, the crackdown on activists and opponents continues. Those who can, especially young people and couples, try to escape.

| 18/08/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Beijing backed newspaper says the fall of Afghanistan is a "lesson" for Taipei. From Saigon to Syria, it is the practice for Americans to "abandon allies". The island's leadership must "wake up from dreams" of independence. Chinese military exercises off the coast of Taiwan. 

 

 

| 17/08/2021
| CHINA - TAIWAN

Judges hold Chen Mei and Cai Wei as guilty of creating "disorder". Having already served their sentences, they could be released tomorrow. They had published an interview with Ai Fen, the doctor who had raised the alarm about the coronavirus.

| 14/08/2021
| CHINA

The United States, Japan, Australia and India met to discuss shared interests. Joe Biden is reviving the strategic dialogue aimed at China. For Beijing, Taiwan is the "most important and delicate" issue in its relationship with Washington. Quad countries plan joint naval exercises off the coast of Guam.

| 13/08/2021
| ASIA – UNITED STATES

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress will discuss the measure next week. Hong Kong authorities would prefer not to have it imposed like the national security law. Local banks could be caught between Western sanctions and Chinese countersanctions. Singapore and Tokyo might benefit. For pro-Beijing groups, the law is a deterrent.

| 12/08/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

China announced US$ 6 million in funding for development projects. Western governments only provide humanitarian aid. The crackdown by Myanmar’s military against the resistance continues. The former Burma is the country where Chinese companies commit the highest number of human rights violations.

| 11/08/2021
| CHINA – MYANMAR
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Buddhist-majority republic of Kalmykia is behind the initiative. Some fear it might spark interreligious animosities, but the Dalai Lama’s ideas are basically secular, inspired by common sense.

 

| 11/08/2021
| RUSSIA – TIBET

Irked by its decision to allow Taiwan to open an office in the Baltic country under its own name, the Chinese government wants Lithuania to recall its ambassador to Beijing. The Lithuanians are eager to cooperate with the Taiwanese. Lithuania is disappointed by the meagre benefits of closer relations with Communist China.

| 10/08/2021
| CHINA - LITHUANIA

According to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, Liu risks an unfair trial and torture once at home where he was already penalised for ties with human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong. Angela Merkel is the main backer of an EU-China investment agreement, held up by the European Parliament.

| 09/08/2021
| CHINA – GERMANY

Never have so many athletes from the continent stood on the podium. After China and Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India and the Philippines reach historic results.

| 09/08/2021
| JAPAN – ASIA

Pandemic pushed debt up to 280 per cent of GDP in 2020. Local governments’ "hidden" debt threatens the country’s financial stability. The authorities have reacted by blocking investment in infrastructure. The impact of government clampdown on hi-tech giants and private tutoring remains unclear.

 

| 06/08/2021
| CHINA

Online content from newspapers and social media targeted. The government wants to silence "citizen journalists". Foreign reporters receive death threats from Chinese Communist Party Youth for their coverage of the floods in Henan. Censorship law in arrival in Hong Kong. Study: 350 fake social profiles discredit Chinese dissidents and opponents of the regime.

 

 

| 05/08/2021
| CHINA

The Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier kept away from Chinese-occupied militarised island outposts. For China, coming within 12 nautical miles is a violation of its sovereignty. The UK, Germany and France are trying to back the US without provoking China. India is also sending warships to the area.

| 04/08/2021
| CHINA – UNITED KINGDOM

Pro-democracy activists fear being investigated for supporting political pluralism. Local authorities banned 21 pro-democracy candidates from running for the local parliament. EU’s condemnation of the crackdown in Macau elicits China's usual response. Free voices like Steve Vines and Kacey Wong flee Hong Kong.

 

| 03/08/2021
| CHINA - MACAU
by Silvina Premat

The Asian city-state joins the bloc formed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The Alliance wants to become an intermediary between Latin America and Asia. Singapore already developed trade ties with the region through the former TPP promoted by Obama to counter China. The accord is set to be officially signed in December.

| 02/08/2021
| SINGAPORE – LATIN AMERICA

The Delta variant of Covid-19 spreads from Nanjing outbreak. 27 cities and more than 10 provinces affected. Beijing isolated from new areas of infection. Infections also in Henan, devastated by recent floods. In July, the index of manufacturing activities dropped again.

 

 

 

 

| 02/08/2021
| CHINA

70-year-old Chen Chien-jen is the second Taiwanese citizen to join the academy, the first being Nobel laureate Lee Yuan-tseh. An epidemiologist, Chen was instrumental in Taipei's success in containing the first wave of Covid. He also denounced China's manoeuvres to block Taiwan's participation in the WHO Assembly.

 

| 31/07/2021
| VATICAN-TAIWAN-CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The new subjects will be led by Kremlin-appointed officials, ignoring the opinion of the local population, tired of being treated like slaves. Protests continue in Khabarovsk. Putin's cronies like oligarch Abramovich are selling off local resources to the Chinese, without developing the region.

 

| 30/07/2021
| RUSSIA

Judges impose a nine-year sentence on Tong Ying-kit, 24, for inciting secession and terrorism. He was arrested for waving a pro-independence flag. His lawyers plan to appeal the conviction. More than a hundred people have been arrested in connection with alleged violations of national security legislation. More than 60 are awaiting trial.

| 30/07/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The Delta variant infection traced to city airport. The capital has also been affected. The infection in Jiangsu is more serious than recent ones in Guangdong and Yunnan. Authorities respond with lockdowns and mass screening. In an effort to contain contagions from Myanmar, Beijing is also providing vaccines to ethnic militias fighting the coup junta.

| 30/07/2021
| CHINA

Sun Dawu, a businessman and philanthropist, was accused of "creating unrest" and financial crimes. Critical of the leadership, he has long been targeted by the regime because of his support to dissidents and activists. Family members and employees of his company were sentenced with him. Large private groups that could threaten the power of the Chinese Communist Party have come under attack.

| 29/07/2021
| CHINA

Maggie Mac Neil won the Olympic 100-meter butterfly yesterday. On Weibo several Chinese users wondered what would have become of this 21-year-old girl if she had stayed in China.

| 28/07/2021
| JAPAN - CANADA - CHINA

The consecration is in line with the Sino-Vatican agreement on episcopal appointments. Bishop Li had been appointed a year ago. Police arrest Fr Joseph Liu of the diocese of Mindong, torture him for 10 hours, and force him to join the Independent Church, an expression of the Chinese Communist Party.

| 28/07/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
by Li Qiang

Local sources: 50 villages suberged by water; many missing. Aid is concentrated in large cities. Suburbs and rural areas neglected. Army stationed around most affected areas to prevent access to journalists, especially foreign ones. Fatal delays reminiscent of Covid-19 in Wuhan.

| 27/07/2021
| CHINA

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with top Chinese diplomats. The talks were described as "frank and open". The Chinese want an end to US interference in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan and the South China Sea, and to attacks regarding the origin of the Covid virus.

| 26/07/2021
| CHINA - USA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Sukhoi Su-30SME multirole fighter jets and military training aircraft​ delivered . After China, Russia is the main supplier of weapons to Naypyidaw. Like the Chinese, the Russians support Min Aung Hlaing's coup junta. Burma's military leadership relies on the Kremlin to balance Beijing's influence.

 

 

| 26/07/2021
| RUSSIA - MYANMAR

On the first day of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, Francis said that if young people and elderly don’t meet and talk, “life does not go on.” He lamented the fact that “every day in the world around seven thousand children under the age of five die due to malnutrition”. The pontiff expressed hope that the Olympics can be “a sign of hope and universal brotherhood”. He also called for a prayer for flood victims in China.

| 25/07/2021
| VATICAN

A Hong Kong government’s vetting committee makes 15 new appointments to the powerful Election Committee, which will choose 40 members of the 90-member Legislative Council. Meanwhile, China imposes fresh sanctions against US citizens in response to US sanctions against people involved in repression in Hong Kong.

 

| 24/07/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Xi’s visit marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Chinese troops sent to occupy Tibet. The president wants to promote local stability, development and environmental protection. Tibetan government in exile slams Beijing for destroying Tibet’s identity, calls for renewed dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Deaths caused by floods in central China spark protests.

| 23/07/2021
| CHINA

One of them, Lam Man-chung, was arrested yesterday. Journalists' Association: it's 'white terror'. RTHK journalists are banned from writing about 'the president or government of Taiwan'. Five trade unionists arrested for publishing children's stories explaining 2019 anti-government protests.

| 22/07/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Ties strengthened with Turkmenistan. Energy and regional security are the main areas of cooperation between Beijing and Ashgabat. Fears over the Taliban advance in Afghanistan. The Chinese are better positioned than the US and Russia in the "great game" for Central Asia.

 

 

| 21/07/2021
| CHINA - CENTRAL ASIA
by Li Qiang

A large dam near Zhengzhou is at risk of collapsing. People stranded in underground stations. Rail and road networks blocked. Xi Jinping sends 3,000 soldiers and another 1,800 rescuers. After the heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years, 46 rivers in 14 provinces overflowed. 

 

 

| 21/07/2021
| CHINA

Yesterday, 49 cases were recorded, compared to 15 on July 6. Many originating in the former Burma. Chinese scientist leading the fight against the virus receives third dose of a different vaccine. Study: Sinovac produces one-tenth of the antibodies produced by Pfizer-BioNTech. Health workers vaccinated with Chinese drugs die of coronavirus in Indonesia and Thailand.

 

| 20/07/2021
| CHINA

Kim's regime claims no coronavirus cases in the country, while controls at the Chinese border remain strict. Some 20 trading officials are arrested. Trade between the two communist states is at its lowest since 2001. North Koreans could face food shortages as early as this August.

| 19/07/2021
| CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Kyrgyz Ulema: it does not contradict the norms of Islam. Inoculations with the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm begin. To date the government had been in denial about the virus. The pandemic is compounded by the problem of refugees fleeing Afghanistan.

 

 

| 19/07/2021
| KYRGYSTAN

Beijing wants jail time for activists charged under the Security Act. Inspections of schools, associations, media and social networks are on the way. Central government praises local authorities. New US sanctions ready. Journalist Association: press freedom "in tatters".

 

 

| 16/07/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The threat is the focus of the SCO summit being held today and tomorrow. Afghan refugees are taking refuge in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan after the start of the US withdrawal. The Afghan president promises to defeat the Taliban militias. Moscow is batting for both teams and is also negotiating with Islamist guerrillas.

 

 

| 16/07/2021
| AFGHANISTAN
by Li Qiang

China’s GDP grew by 7.9 per cent in the second quarter, less than half compared to the first quarter. Some analysts expect the actual growth to exceed government forecasts. Youth unemployment rose in June rose to 15.4 per cent, up from 13.8 per cent in May.

| 15/07/2021
| CHINA

Arrested in May, the bishop has not yet been released. The 10 priests arrested with him were released, while the seminarians were sent home. The religious were allegedly "brainwashed" during "political sessions". The Catholic community prays for Msgr Zhang's release and that he be left in peace.

| 15/07/2021
| CHINA

He stands accused of "fomenting unrest". His family and numerous employees of his company are also facing trial. Sun is a champion of the fight against poverty. Punished for helping humanitarian activists like Xu Zhiyong. Xi Jinping continues to crack down on difficult tycoons.

| 14/07/2021
| CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

The request is part of a new EU-China strategy that the European Parliament will vote on this Thursday. Commercial interests and common values ​​between Europe and Taiwan are underlined. For rapporteur Hilde Vautmans, the EU Commission and Council are reluctant to avoid endangering relations with Beijing. However, they should “defend European values when they are under attack.”

 

| 13/07/2021
| EUROPEAN UNION – TAIWAN – CHINA

The action breaks the deadlock with German supplier BioNTech. Taipei slams Beijing for undermining its ability to purchase the drug. Foxconn and TSMC have an agreement with Chinese distributor Fosun, but the doses for Taiwan will come directly from Germany.

| 12/07/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Countries such as Tajikistan and Turkmenistan feel threatened by the advance of Afghan extremists. Russia's support and its control of the 'students of God'. Turkey is getting into the game by hiring ex-Isis militiamen.

 

 

| 12/07/2021
| AFGHANISTAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Russian-Laotian friendship goes back a long way, a legacy of Moscow’s ties with the local communist regime. Thanks to its infrastructure projects, Beijing now plays a dominant role in the country. Nonetheless, Russia and Laos want to renew trade and military collaboration.

 

| 10/07/2021
| RUSSIA – LAOS
by Sergio Ticozzi

The bishop passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Ordained bishop in 2000 after he was "democratically" elected despite the Vatican's opposition. In 2008 the Holy See granted him legitimacy but without jurisdiction over the diocese.

 

| 10/07/2021
| CHINA

Decision on whether to transfer the trial to the High Court postponed to September.  Defendants risk life imprisonment. EU parliamentarians condemn the forced closure of Apple Daily and call for sanctions against Beijing and its leaders. They also called for the abolition of the security law.

| 09/07/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The Biden administration wants to maintain the status quo, based on strong but informal relations. Island government: 'We are a sovereign nation'. The United States would like to block the expansion of Taiwan's TSMC, the world's leading microchip producer, into China.

| 08/07/2021
| TAIWAN-CHINA-UNITED STATES

A lockdown has been imposed on Ruili, a Yunnan town near the Muse border crossing. Most of the latest cases involve Myanmar nationals. Military patrols have been deployed to stop illegal entries. Troops are ready to intervene to protect Chinese investments in Myanmar.

| 07/07/2021
| CHINA

This is Reporters Without Borders' harsh assessment of Hong Kong's Chief Executive. She is accused of having pushed the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily to closure. The city's leader is also criticised by hi-tech giants. Pro-democracy groups disintegrate under security laws.

| 06/07/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

New viral outbreaks are threatening the recovery. The service sector is still in trouble, with high unemployment prospects. China pledges funding for new infrastructures in ASEAN countries. But it has not yet fulfilled its commitments to the Philippines.

| 05/07/2021
| CHINA

​In an interview with Chinese media, the Pakistani premier "considering relations with China" describes charges of human rights violations against the Muslim minority in Xinjiang as "hypocritical" and Washington's expectation that his country will take sides in an alternative axis to Beijing as "unfair".

| 03/07/2021
| PAKISTAN-CHINA
by Li Qiang

The veiled threat is directed at the US and its allies. Warnings are also meant for Taiwanese separatists. Xi claims the country's progress is due to the Communist Party. The Belt and Road is praised as a tool of international cooperation. The stranglehold on Hong Kong continues, as police agents are deployed in their thousands to prevent pro-democracy protests.

| 01/07/2021
| CHINA

There is already a potential buyer. Since May, the Taiwanese version of the Jimmy Lai newspaper has only published online, causing financial problems. A well-known journalist resigns from public television in Hong Kong over the security law. Amnesty: the former British colony is now a "police state". More than 10 thousand agents deployed to prevent the march for democracy on July 1st.

| 30/06/2021
| TAIWAN-HONG KONG-CHINA
by Li Qiang

On July 1st, the country stops for the celebrations. The regime glorifies the economic recovery from the Covid crisis. The problems are external: Japan ready to protect Taiwan; India sends 50,000 more soldiers to the border with China; Indonesia opens a maritime base with US help. Xi is left with Putin's support (for now).

| 29/06/2021
| CHINA

Fung Wai-kong, former columnist and head of the English web page of the pro-democracy newspaper is arrested, the seventh employee in the past 11 days. Journalists Association: we fear there is a list of reporters and opinion leaders to be arrested. March for democracy banned.

| 28/06/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

China will deploy 150 new stealth fighter jets on its east coast. For experts, this is a warning to Japan and South Korea not to join the US in the defence of the island. The Taiwanese launch a second missile corvette with 12 on order against a possible invasion by China.

 

| 26/06/2021
| CHINA – TAIWAN

John Lee is now Hong Kong’s number two. Police Chief Chris Tang replaces him as secretary of security. For Carrie Lam, they played a key role in the difficult past two years. Pro-democracy activists see the promotion as the start of a “police state.” Lee and Tang had Apple Daily, the independent newspaper that closed yesterday, in their sights.

| 25/06/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

A documentary about the colonization of the Russian Far East by Chinese migrants. They do big business in a sparsely populated area with an unregulated market. Facial recognition "made in China" used to suppress dissent. The Kremlin accepts the growing Chinese presence to overcome the pandemic crisis.

| 25/06/2021
| RUSSIA - CHINA

The delivery brings the Japanese donation of AstraZeneca doses to 2.2 million. A gift in recognition of Taiwanese aid after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The island also obtained 2.5 million vaccines from the US. Japanese Minister of Defense: Taiwan's security is linked to Japan’s.

| 25/06/2021
| JAPAN -TAIWAN

About 45 per cent of the polysilicon used in the world comes from Xinjiang. A US ban also targets three other Chinese companies and a paramilitary firm. At the UN Human Rights Council, more than 40 countries condemn China's repressive policies against Uyghurs, Hong Kong democrats and Tibetan Buddhists, sparking a reaction from Beijing.

 

| 24/06/2021
| UNITED STATES – CHINA

Jimmy Lai's pro-democracy newspaper is closing three days ahead of schedule to protect its employees. For the authorities, it represents a threaten national security. The paper had funds until Saturday after its assets (US$ 2.3 million) were frozen.

| 23/06/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The 24-year-old Tong Ying-kit is accused of inciting secession and terrorism. Arrested for waving a pro-independence flag. Proceedings without jury: a blow to the liberal tradition of the city. Another reporter from the pro-democracy Apple Daily stopped.

| 23/06/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Police have arrested its top executives, including founder Jimmy Lai, and frozen assets worth millions. Without funds, the paper will stop this week-end. Some employees have already resigned. Hong Kong’s chief executive ignores questions from one of the paper’s reporters.

| 22/06/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Mass testing is underway in the large industrial centre to stop a new coronavirus outbreak. The province's ports are still congested, also affected by frequent blackouts. Guangdong produces 10 per cent of China’s GDP; any slowdown is dangerous for the country, already struggling with high levels of youth unemployment.

 

| 21/06/2021
| CHINA

It would be the first time since its launch in 2003. The organizers of the Civil Human Rights Front targeted by the police.  The League of Social Democrats thinks of street booths to demand the release of political prisoners.  The independent newspaper Apple Daily is likely to be closed in a few days.

 

| 21/06/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Silvina Premat

About 45 per cent of Chileans have been vaccinated, especially with Sinovac, but infections are at their highest since the outbreak of the pandemic. Of the 70 million doses administered in Brazil, 55 per cent are Chinese; yet the number of cases continues to rise. Peru is facing the same issue with Sinopharm. For CADAL researchers, suspicions about Chinese drugs are legitimate.

| 18/06/2021
| LATIN AMERICA – CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Evidence presented to the International Criminal Court. Uyghurs, who seek refuge in the former Soviet republic, are returned to the Chinese and end up in the Xinjiang concentration camps. The triangulation with Turkey. In exchange, the Tajiks obtain a loan to build a highway between the capital and the border with China.

| 18/06/2021
| TAJIKISTAN-CHINA

The US Chief of Defense says there is no short or medium term danger of a Chinese attack on the island. In March, the head of the US forces in the Indo-Pacific said that China could attempt to retake the island within six years. Biden rumoured ready to meet Xi Jinping.

| 18/06/2021
| USA-CHINA

About 900 children and young people between the ages of three and 17 are involved, including children and grandchildren of the royal family of Abu Dhabi. The goal is to start with a "mass vaccination campaign in the near future". In Dubai, about two-thirds of the adult population has already received both doses of the vaccine.

| 17/06/2021
| UAE - CHINA

Five, including the chief editor of the newspaper owned by pro-democracy magnate Jimmy Lai are taken. They are charged with conspiring with foreign forces to threaten national security. More than 200 policemen searched the editorial office. Assets for 1.9 million euros of the publishing company are frozen. Concern for press freedom.

| 17/06/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

The B3W is meant to close the infrastructure gap in developing countries at a cost of 40 trillion dollars. It is a transparent and climate-conscious initiative, unlike China’s. Its main obstacle is financial since government finances have been burdened by the fight against COVID-19. Resistance can also be expected from private investors and countries that already have close ties with China. There is also a risk of indirectly subsidising China.

| 16/06/2021
| G7 – CHINA

With 28 military aircraft, yesterday the Chinese carried out the most massive raid in months. A response to the G7, which called for a peaceful solution to the dispute between China and Taiwan. The Asian giant's aircraft flew over an area crossed by a US aircraft carrier. Experts: Beijing wants to intimidate its opponents.

| 16/06/2021
| CHINA - TAIWAN

The difference in growth rates (25 versus 16 per cent) is due to strong Han migration from other parts of the country. For experts, this confirms that China wants to reduce the demographic weight of the Muslim minority. China rejects genocide charges, claiming that economic development in the region is pushing Uyghurs to marry later and have fewer children.

| 15/06/2021
| CHINA

Many citizens of the former British colony do not want to legitimize Beijing’s "patriotic" electoral reform. The weapon of the white card. The abstention front could grow with new arrests of pro-democracy activists and the disqualification of anti-government candidates.

| 15/06/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

The increase covers the 2020-2021 period. The number of nuclear weapons in the world is down. The US and Russia have made cuts under the New Start Treaty. For a Russian academic, the Chinese will stop expansion only if the Americans and the Russian accept nuclear parity.

 

| 14/06/2021
| CHINA

She was sentenced in December 2020 to 10 months in prison for her role in the Wan Chai Police Station siege. Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam are still in prison in connection with the same incident, which took place on 21 June 2019. Chow was one of the leaders of the anti-extradition movement. Her sentence was reduced for good behaviour.

| 12/06/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Bilateral talks between the United States and Taiwan, which ended when Donald Trump became US president, are set to resume within weeks.  Taiwan needs bilateral deals to overcome the isolation imposed by China. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen also wants to join the CPTPP multilateral agreement. China rejects any agreement with implications for Chinese sovereignty over its Taiwan “region”.

| 11/06/2021
| TAIWAN – UNITED STATES – CHINA

Protests via social media. Some residents say they haven't eaten a grain of rice for two days; others received damaged food aid from the authorities. The local government promises the delivery of three meals a day. The province affected by the Delta variant. Concern over clinical data.

| 11/06/2021
| CHINA

The National People's Congress gives the green light to the law, but none of its details have been made public. Foreign companies that uphold anti-China sanctions risk retaliation. The EU Chamber of Commerce in China warns that the law does not encourage investment. The US is ready to implement a new "anti-China" measure.

| 10/06/2021
| CHINA

2,068 charged, including leaders of the democracy movement. 715 so far convicted. Just over 500 have been released on bail or under surveillance. More than 1,700 of the defendants are under the age of 18: 115 have been sentenced.

| 10/06/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Young Chinese are doing the bare minimum at work and school. As the cost-of-living rises, they see no prospect of social advancement. This is a threat to the birth rate, as well as a challenge to the country’s socio-economic model and to the communist regime. The protest movement is spreading to universities.

| 09/06/2021
| CHINA

Food insecurity, a weak national health system and limited access to drinking water are at the root of the serious crisis. Growing incidence of climate disasters. Sanctions hinder access to international aid. Economy damaged by the closure of the borders for Covid-19.

| 09/06/2021
| NORTH KOREA

China is going after US and EU measures that followed events in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, adopting a Chinese version of the US Magnitsky Act. Biden will ban 59 Chinese companies from defence and surveillance technology areas. Huawei is a case in point.

 

| 08/06/2021
| CHINA

Yesterday the meeting of foreign ministers of the regional organisation did not produce results. China referred to General Min Aung Hlaing as “Myanmar’s leader”. Aung San Suu Kyi remains in custody and is asking for food and medicines.

 

| 08/06/2021
| MYANMAR

New outbreaks in four electronics companies. Fears for the production of microchips, the flagship of the national economy. Despite the resurgence of infections, the government expects economic growth of 5.5% in 2021. Director of the Global Taiwan Institute: the 400 daily cases on the island would be seen as an "improvement" in many other countries.

| 08/06/2021
| TAIWAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

The fifth ordinand is guilty of taking part in World Youth Day in 2016. For detained Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, “The seeds planted are now in full bloom and now know joy.” The patriotic Church is trying to “sinicise” China’s Catholicism and promote  Xi Jinping’s “New Era”

| 07/06/2021
| CHINA – VATICAN

On June 4th it had posted "Tell me loudly: what's the date today?". It is now under investigation for violating laws and regulations. Any reference to the massacre of 32 years ago is prohibited by the regime. Anniversary under the army in mainland China as well as in Hong Kong.

| 07/06/2021
| CHINA

The doses of AstraZeneca arrived yesterday on the island. A success for President Tsai Ing-wen, criticized by China in blame game. So far only 3% of the Taiwanese population has been vaccinated.

| 05/06/2021
| JAPAN - CHINA
by Victoria Lee

Seven churches held memorial services for the victims of 4 June 1989. Their sacrifice was for a just cause and a peaceful society. For Bishop Ha, “The greatest difficulty in life is the challenge of faith” when the truth is trampled. Despite a ban, people defied police and lit candles outside a cordoned-off Victoria Park.

| 04/06/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Flights from the Chinese province of Guangdong have been blocked, where there is an increase in cases from Covid-19. Infections are also on the rise in Malaysia. Children especially affected.

| 04/06/2021
| SINGAPORE

Chow Hang-tung is accused of inciting the population to participate today in the event, banned by the police for Covid. At least 7,000 agents are deployed to prevent meetings and gatherings. Signs with threats in front of 7 Catholic churches that will remember the fallen.

| 04/06/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The services sector is growing at a slower rate because of rising inflation and slower export growth due to the ongoing pandemic. Employment forecast remains negative. For the China Labour Bulletin, young Chinese earn little and shy away from creating a family.

 

| 03/06/2021
| CHINA

Four are students, including the former president of the Chinese university student union. The new bishop of Hong Kong petitions for the reduction of the sentence for one of the accused. Police set to deploy 3,000 officers to stop June 4 Tiananmen vigil.

| 03/06/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Some 38 areas in Guangzhou are in lockdown. People cannot leave their homes. Due to the new outbreak, the Shanghai Air Expo was postponed. WHO approves Sinovac, China's second vaccine. Chinese authorities claim that the H10N3 strain of the avian flu virus is not very infectious.

| 02/06/2021
| CHINA

Ban violators face up to five years in jail. Some people will light candles or turn on their smartphones at home or in places other than Victoria Park. COVID-19 measures will be enforced against the vigil, but not other public events. On the eve of the anniversary, the authorities in mainland China are forcing dissidents to leave Beijing.

| 01/06/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Convicted of having "defamed the martyrs" of the border clash. Beijing declares four dead, but unconfirmed sources contest the number. Five other Chinese bloggers are under arrest on the same charge. The case of Wang Jingyu, a dissident who was arrested and then released in Dubai.

| 01/06/2021
| CHINA

Prosecutors are asking for their case to be referred to the High Court. Only 11 defendants have been granted bail. Jimmy Lai, Benny Tai and Joshua Wong are among the accused. Defence lawyers are racing against time. A trial without jury is likely.

| 31/05/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The measure lifts the limit of two children per family unit. Decades of one-child policy have contributed to the country's demographic slowdown. Unspecified aid is provided for those who want to have children. Chinese youth do not want to procreate in order to maintain their current standard of living.

| 31/05/2021
| CHINA

At least 20 new cases of contagion yesterday in Guangdong: 18 in its capital. Parts of the city closed; hundreds of flights from the local airport cancelled. The new infections linked to the Indian variant of the disease. Acceleration of the national vaccination campaign.

| 31/05/2021
| CHINA

Dalian Ocean Fishing is accused of employing forced labour on board of its 33 longline tuna vessels. Indonesian workers are forced to work 18 hours a day for US$ 300 a month. The fishing industry in Japan, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand is high on the Global Slavery Index. The US has banned Xinjiang cotton.

 

| 29/05/2021
| CHINA

After his release, Wang travelled to Turkey where he had fled before his arrest. He had criticised the Chinese government's lack of transparency over its losses in the last year’s border clash with India. For this he was accused of “defaming heroes and martyrs”. In detention, he came under pressure to consent to his return to China. The US turned its attention to his case.

 

| 28/05/2021
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – CHINA

He is found guilty of organizing or taking part in an unauthorized demonstration in October 2019. Tougher punishment for Figo Chan, Lee Cheuk-yan and Albert Ho. All the defendants are on trial for other charges. Activists: the city is now an open-air "prison".

| 28/05/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Hundreds of illegal Chinese fishing boats have entered the waters near the Northern Limit Line, the maritime border between South Korea and North Korea in the Yellow Sea. This year alone, South Korea’s special coastguard has caught seven Chinese boats and forced another 360 to leave the fishing grounds near the Northern Limit Line.

 

| 27/05/2021
| KOREA – CHINA

Hong Kong’s parliament voted 40 to 2 in favour of the changes. Pro-democracy members were absent. Now lawmakers will be picked by the pro-Beijing Election Committee and police will vet would-be candidates. The 4 June memorial vigil for Tiananmen victims has been banned.

| 27/05/2021
| HONG KONG

Secretary for Security John Lee warns Citibank and HSBC, where the pro-democracy media mogul has bank accounts. Hong Kong police recently froze US$ 64 million in assets that belong to Lai. Hong Kong’s national security law might drive away foreign investors.

| 27/05/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Lee Cheuk-yan

The former democratic parliamentarian, trade unionist and one of the main supporters of the vigil in memory of the killed in Tiananmen, defends his "patriotism", as opposed to the Chinese government search for "patriots", who express subjection to the Party Chinese Communist above all else. Lee Cheuk-yan was convicted of participating in an unauthorized demonstration on October 1, 2019, violating anti-Covid rules. His full testimony before the judge.

| 27/05/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Doubts persist over the origin of the coronavirus in nature or in the laboratory. The Institute of Virology in Wuhan still under the spotlight. Virologist Anthony Fauci also asks to investigate the story. Beijing criticizes the move of the US president: political manipulation to target China.

| 27/05/2021
| USA-CHINA

The suspicions of previous months have turned into a direct accusation. Taipei had bought five million doses from BioNTech. So far the island has received 720,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Only 1 per cent of the population has been vaccinated. The German pharmaceutical company has not yet spoken in the matter, whilst China denies any involvement.

| 26/05/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA

This proposal to invite Taiwan was excluded from this year’s agenda despite the request from Taiwan’s allies. The Vatican was not one of them. Pakistan backed China in its opposition. The island is now grappling with a surge of the pandemic.

| 25/05/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA – WHO

Only 19% received the first dose; 14% the second. The city has 15 million doses available for 7.5 million inhabitants. Residents do not trust the authorities and perceive a low risk of infection. Carrie Lam: No public incentives to get vaccinated.

| 25/05/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

3 other seminarians arrested. All 13 were taken home. Forbidden to study theology. According to some believers, the political sessions are an attempt at "brainwashing". The Agreement between the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Holy See has no input into the life of Christian communities: that is exclusively managed by the United Front.

| 24/05/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

Victims of hypothermia after the race was hit by heavy hailstorms, freezing rains and gusts of wind. Eight other runners hospitalized. Among the dead are two national champions of the discipline. Organizers accused of failing to make athletes wear heavy clothing.

| 24/05/2021
| CHINA

Pope Francis’s invitation for the Chinese faithful, on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan and the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.  "The Holy Spirit is like a strong and free wind".  He "connects different people by realizing the unity and universality of the Church".  “In the Church there are small groups that are always seeking division, to detach themselves from others”.  Tensions in Colombia;  the eruption of Goma;  the conclusion of the Laudato Si 'Year.

 

| 23/05/2021
| VATICAN - CHINA

Bishop Zhang Weizhu has been imprisoned on other occasions.  A large number of policemen broke into the factory that served as a seminary and arrested the students and professors.

 

| 22/05/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

The representative office on the island territory is closed.  The Tsai administration welcomed anti-establishment demonstrators from the former British colony.  Taiwanese government: The Lam executive has shown its contempt for democracy.  In 2020, nearly 11,000 Hong citizens moved to Taiwan.

| 22/05/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

MEPs freeze the ratification process by an overwhelming majority vote. Even Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic MEPs elected with the European People's Party back the resolution; the German chancellor is the real sponsor of the agreement. The European Commission is criticised for its weak stance vis-à-vis China, especially over human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

| 21/05/2021
| EUROPE – CHINA
by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

Intellectuals silenced, entrepreneurs marginalized, military eliminated in preparation for the party's centenary celebrations. A new reading of the Party history, in which errors are hidden and Xi Jinping and the “little red princes” are glorified, with the “DNA of true interpretation”.

| 21/05/2021
| CHINA

The Tianzhou 2 cargo spacecraft had technical problems: it was to refuel the Tiangong space station, which is nearing completion.  First images of a Beijing robotic vehicle from Martian soil.  China is the first country after the US to explore the red planet.

 

| 21/05/2021
| CHINA

Organisers’ request has been turned down. Like last year, the authorities cite the pandemic. Hong Kong’s Secretary of Security says that activists who fled abroad will remain criminally liable for the rest of their lives. Defendants in national security cases can now be tried without a jury.

 

| 20/05/2021
| HONG KONG

According to the Philippines, the ban “is a violation of Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights.” For Ivy Banzon Abalos, spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Beijing is violating Article 56 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).

 

| 20/05/2021
| PHILIPPINES – CHINA

The order came after a senior official died after taking a medicine produced in China. The ban also covers Chinese vaccines against Covid-19. The health facilities of the capital do not have adequate facilities for the storage of medicines.

| 20/05/2021
| NORTH KOREA

The detained activists are among 10 who pleaded guilty to organising and taking part in an anti-government demonstration in October 2019. By contrast, police boss Frederic Choi is not rebuked for “misconduct”. For Hong Kong’s police, he did not commit any “immoral acts”.

| 19/05/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

According to the US House of Representatives speaker it is the only response to the genocide of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Yes to the participation of athletes, but the heads of state should not attend. The Chinese denounce Washington's interference. The US Olympic Committee is against the boycott.

| 19/05/2021
| UNITED STATES-CHINA

Companies are stocking up to meet rising demand. Shortages of parts, like microchips, are driving up prices. Transportation costs are also up. China's economic recovery is slowing as domestic output and consumer demand are expected to drop.

 

| 18/05/2021
| ASIA
by Paul Wang

Over the past few years, the local Catholic community has been split between pro-democracy activists and those who are submissive, if not favourable to Beijing's supremacy. This has led many young people away from Christian communities. Mgr Chow wants to be closer to young people and remind the government that religious freedom is a fundamental human right. He also prefers not to talk about the “suppression” of Christian communities in China. On the removal of crosses from churches he wants to be “cautious.” He will remember the dead of Tiananmen, at least in prayer. His episcopal ordination is scheduled for 4 December.

| 18/05/2021
| HONG KONG

Experts and academics join the Central Bank in calling for an adjustment of the pension and social systems. The authorities aim for growth based on quality and not quantity of work.

| 18/05/2021
| CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

The Vatican’s decision comes after more than two years, and is seen as “Solomonic”, balanced between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps. The new prelate has great experience in the field of education, a new battlefield between Catholics and mainland China.

 

| 17/05/2021
| VATICAN – HONG KONG – CHINA

They pleaded guilty to organizing or taking part in an anti-government demonstration in October 2019. The sentence will be handed down on May 28. The listing and trading of Next Digital, the Lai holding company that publishes Apple Daily, has been suspended.

| 17/05/2021
| HONG KONG-CHINA

China’s national security law threatens the property of residents and investors in the former British colony. Assets worth US$ 64 million that belong to the media mogul were frozen yesterday. About 40 per cent of US companies are considering or planning to leave Hong Kong. For mainland China, the security law has restored stability.

| 15/05/2021
| TAIWAN – HONG KONG – CHINA

This is the first time that the assets of a defendant on trial under the National Security Act are frozen. The assets include Jimmy Lai’s 70 per cent share of the Next Digital media company, which owns the Apple Daily. Meanwhile, its Taiwanese edition will stop its print version because pro-China forces affected its advertising revenues.

| 14/05/2021
| HONG KONG

The vicar general of Xuanhua cites a 2019 letter from Card. Filoni and the Code of Canon Law to justify the actions of his diocese. Msgr. Guo, the formerly excommunicated official bishop did not consider the bishop unofficial, in line with the Party’s aim to eradicate the underground Church, betraying the principles of the Sino-Vatican Agreement.

| 14/05/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

Indicted on four counts of “sedition”, he is accused of helping young pro-democracy activists flee Hong Kong and funding secessionist organisations in Taipei. The radio host is considered a threat to the Chinese Communist Party. “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung will also remain in prison.

| 14/05/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

It will be available in late July. Three local drugs under development. Reduced dependence on purchases of doses abroad. A response to Beijing's "vaccine diplomacy". Slight increase in cases on the island pushes Hong Kong to quarantine measures for travellers from Taiwan.

| 14/05/2021
| TAIWAN

Poor sales follow robust growth in the first quarter of 2021. Companies like Huawei are struggling because of a US ban. China's hi-tech giant now controls only 4 per cent of the world market.

| 13/05/2021
| CHINA

The world’s largest 400 cities, home to 1.5 billion people, face high or extreme environmental risks. Among the top one hundred, four out of five are in India and China. Plagued by pollution, flooding and heat waves, Jakarta tops the list.

 

| 13/05/2021
| ASIA

According to the Uyghur Human Rights Project, 18 Muslim clerics have died in prison or immediately after their release. Many have not been heard from for some time. Little official documentation exists about people sent to concentration camps. Uyghurs and members of other Muslim groups have been imprisoned just for praying.

 

| 13/05/2021
| CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

The editor of AsiaNews bids farewell as he returns to Hong Kong and China, an old and new mission. He gives thanks to God, to the AsiaNews staff, to friends and readers for their generosity. Mission in mass media is the “first areopagus” of contemporary mission.

| 13/05/2021
| EDITORIAL

The request came during a conference organized by the USA and Human Rights Watch. Turkish delegate: We are very concerned about the plight of Uyghurs and other Islamic minorities in the region. Beijing: Accusation of genocide is " lies of the century".

| 13/05/2021
| UN - CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

Christian content on the internet violates government rules. Many Christian sites have been shut down. To celebrate the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party, the authorities are cracking down on 'historical nihilism', i.e. non-official views of the Party. Films and TV programmes about the party's history are being promoted, especially its “successes” since 2012, when Xi Jinping became general secretary.

| 12/05/2021
| CHINA

Raising children is too expensive and the state doesn't help. Marriages are down by 12 per cent, while new births dropped by 18 per cent. As a result of the one-child policy there are too many men: about 118 for every 100 women. Cancelling population control policies won't be enough to reverse the trend; experts call for subsidies for couples.

| 12/05/2021
| CHINA

The discovery occurred during a raid against the "vice". Frederic Choi was suspended and placed under investigation for misconduct. The police are worried about saving their image. In February Carrie Lam had rewarded the official for his work.

| 12/05/2021
| HONG KONG-CHINA

China’s population now exceeds 1.4 billion, but the growth rate has dropped for the 4th consecutive year. The number of people of working age also decreased, by 6.79 per cent since 2010. The new data represent a social problem for the Chinese Communist Party. Li Keqiang says that economic recovery is still “shaky”.

| 11/05/2021
| CHINA

A group of experts, politicians and academics launch a week of prayer for the persecuted in China: Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Hong Kong activists, prisoners of conscience. This follows Card Charles Maung Bo’s call for a Week of Prayer for the Church in China, like the Day of Prayer established by Benedict XVI in 2007, on the feast day of Our Lady of Sheshan.

| 10/05/2021
| CHINA – VATICAN – UNITED KINGDOM

Participating to guarantee political survival does not make sense, rather the aim should be to strengthen the democratic conscience of society. The reform wanted by the authorities cancels the chances of victory for the democratic front. Lee Cheuk-yan: Beijing "will reap what it sowed"; history will prove its "guilt".

| 10/05/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

Msgr. Giuseppe Guo Jincai, formerly excommunicated, is to ordain three new priests tomorrow. No consultation with the two bishops of Xuanhua and Xiwanzi. The rush to ordain priests before the Winter Olympics.

| 10/05/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

Their immediate withdrawal from public libraries in the city ordered. The censorship targets MPs Albert Ho and Tanya Chan, and writer Jie Yu. In July the first wave of censorship with the removal of Joshua Wong's texts. Government departments must be ready to silence the Democrats.

| 08/05/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Indian Buddhists in Ladakh celebrate the Panchen Lama’s birthday, renewing the call for his release. Chinese authorities grabbed him and his family 26 years ago, and still hold him at undisclosed location.

 

| 07/05/2021
| INDIA – TIBET
by Silvina Premat

President Benitez: The Chinese have offered us their vaccines in exchange for diplomatic recognition; Beijing denies. Paraguayans lose $ 350 million a year to have state relations with Taiwan. The two countries united by cultural and sentimental ties. A change of government in Asunción could favour China.

| 07/05/2021
| PARAGUAY-TAIWAN-CHINA

The High Court against prosecutors and police. Doubts about the prosecution's request to deal with the alleged fraud case involving Jimmy Lai under the National Security Act.

| 07/05/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Political conditions unfavourable for the ratification of the agreement. New legislation proposed to curb (Chinese) state investors. The EU aims for reduced dependence on Chinese imports in key sectors. China and pro-Beijing European governments yet to respond.

| 06/05/2021
| EUROPEAN UNION - CHINA

Convicted of participating in the Tiananmen Vigil. Six months also to District Councilor Lester Shum; four months for Tiffany Yuen and Jannelle Leung. Wong is already serving a double sentence, and is awaiting a retrial for a crime against national security.

| 06/05/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Gergely Karácsony is against Shanghai's Fudan University setting up a campus in Budapest. The latter’s charter requires it represent the “world vision of the Chinese Communist Party”. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is increasingly aligned with China, a challenge to the European Union and the United States.

 

| 05/05/2021
| CHINA – HUNGARY

The economic crisis In 2020 cut the number of domestic migrants to 285.6 million. Size of population in non-working age is up. Employment rose in 2021, but future trends are negative.

 

| 04/05/2021
| CHINA

Teodoro Locsin orders the Chinese to withdraw their ships from Manila's exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. The Chinese attitude pushes the Philippines to turn to the US. Duterte cornered, forced by public opinion to clash with his Beijing partners.

| 04/05/2021
| PHILIPPINES-CHINA

China’s Communist government has its faults in the war of words with the West over its treatment of the Uyghurs. Accusations of human rights violations in the region are based on speculation. Some call for dialogue between China and Western countries, but Beijing has imposed restrictions on a possible international investigation.

| 03/05/2021
| CHINA

Joint interventions announced to stabilize the financial framework in Asia. Strengthen the agreement with Asean. Despite divisions over territorial and strategic issues, Japan and China maintain economic cooperation.

| 03/05/2021
| JAPAN-CHINA-SOUTH KOREA

China’s Ministry of Transport expects 235 million trips, a return to pre-pandemic levels. The Great Wall, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are among the most visited sites. Many fear delays in the vaccination campaign, which might become a political problem for Xi Jinping's administration.

| 01/05/2021
| CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Yesterday the US President said that the confrontation with China is the battle of the century. Chinese spokesman tells Washington to be more rational and abandon its “Cold War mentality.” For Chinese affairs expert Zhiqun Zhu, Beijing's rise will disrupt the international order.

| 30/04/2021
| CHINA–UNITED STATES
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Siburom group has acquired the oil giant Taif. The main shareholders are the Russian billionaire Leonid Mikhelson and the oligarch Gennadiy Timchenko, one of Putin's men. Siburom's shares are not freely put on the market, but offered to privileged partners: several Chinese offshore companies. Earnings are expected to double, "new jobs" and "new income" for the republic under the Ural Mountains.

| 30/04/2021
| RUSSIA - CHINA

Wong pleaded guilty to attending the vigil in remembrance of the Tiananmen massacre. Tai found guilty of "incitement to incite" Occupy Central protests. The democratic movement is increasingly in the crosshairs of the pro-Beijing executive.

| 30/04/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Speaking to Congress, the US President launches his challenge to Xi Jinping, focusing on technological competition and the struggle between democracy and autocracy. The European Union is increasingly aligned with the US. The Philippines is back on a more pro-US line. For Chinese academic, Biden is mistaken; China does not want to undermine the United States as a world superpower.

| 29/04/2021
| UNITED STATES – CHINA

The new law is contested by the democratic movement. Bar Association: the executive can now prevent activists and political opponents from leaving, a decision that is up to the judges. Carrie Lam: the measure serves to contain illegal immigration. Fears for those with a British foreign passport.

| 29/04/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The Financial Times publishes data from China’s census, which Chinese authorities have not yet released fearing public reaction. Demographic decline will have a strong socio-economic impact. Critics slam the government for its slow termination of the one-child policy.

| 28/04/2021
| CHINA

Oxygen concentrators will be delivered by the weekend. India is grappling with a dramatic surge in infections. Indian antidotes against the coronavirus for Paraguay, a Taiwan ally that China courts with "vaccine diplomacy". Beijing has also promised health support to Indians.

| 28/04/2021
| TAIWAN - INDIA

The authorities want to show that there is no violation of human rights in the autonomous region. Journalists accompanied to predetermined places. Chinese analyst: "Beijing is wrong to believe that these guided tours are effective".

| 28/04/2021
| CHINA

Dong Hong is accused of taking bribes when he was as anti-corruption inspector under Wang. Xi Jinping appears to be wiping the slate clean for new appointments. Rumours are growing about a possible showdown between the Chinese president and his VP. Signs of discord appear at the Boao Forum.

| 27/04/2021
| CHINA

The Chinese figure is affected by lower profits from the pandemic last year. However, Beijing's industrial growth is slowing down. South Korea is also recovering strongly. Taiwan's economy continues to make new records.

| 27/04/2021
| CHINA - ASIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

A Catholic from Zhejiang is fined for hosting Msgr. Shao Zhumin in his private chapel. The prelate, recognized by the Holy See, but not by the Party, is branded as an emissary of a "foreign institution". All attempts by the Party to eliminate pastors and unofficial communities, tearing up the premises of the Agreement between China and the Holy See.

| 27/04/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
by Kusal Perera*

Sri Lanka agreed to the deal in exchange of a Chinese loan. The Chinese-run Hambantota port too would be part of it. The Chinese Embassy invited Sri Lankan MPs to “visit” the new facility.

 

| 26/04/2021
| SRI LANKA – CHINA

Human rights activists Cheng Yuan and his wife Shi Minglei were members of the Trinity Gospel Harvest Church. Cheng is in prison, accused of subversion against the state; Shi is in voluntary exile in the US, where she met with members of the US State Department. Cheng campaigned for an end to the one-child law, for the rights of the sick and disabled.

 

| 26/04/2021
| CHINA

She won the prize for the best director and best film with “Nomadland”. She is the second woman to ever win Best Director award. Chinese netizens: she is "the light of China". The boycott and censorship of Beijing.

| 26/04/2021
| USA - CHINA

Gangs hired by local authorities. Demolitions began in November. Some victims suffered serious injuries; others continued the protest. Similar cases of aggression also occurred over the demolition of sacred places.

| 24/04/2021
| CHINA

Louis Lo is guilty of keeping highly explosive material. His sentence is the harshest imposed in connection to activities related to the 2019 government protests. For Judge Andrew Chan, the defendant sought to promote separation from China.

| 23/04/2021
| HONK KONG

A motion passes that does not bind the government. The US, Canada and the Netherlands have made similar declarations against the Chinese government. Chinese Embassy: They are falsehoods. Johnson executive: it is up to the courts to determine if what is going on in Xinjiang is genocide.

| 23/04/2021
| GREAT BRITAIN - CHINA

Joe Biden wants a more ambitious commitment from Beijing. Xi is ready to work with Washington. China is accused of still building coal-fired power plants. A trade war could break over electric cars and renewable energy technology.

 

| 22/04/2021
| CHINA – UNITED STATES

The Australian State of Victoria had signed the two deals. For Australia, Xi Jinping's initiative is a propaganda tool. Relations between the two governments are increasingly strained. COVID-19, US opposition, geopolitical instability, partners’ debts and lack of resources threaten the new Silk Road.

| 22/04/2021
| AUSTRALIA – CHINA
by Paul Wang

The journalist will have to pay HK$ 6,000 for requesting information from the Transportation Department under false pretence. The journalists' union decided to pay the fine. "Today is a very dark day for all journalists in Hong Kong, not just for me personally ... it's a ruling on journalism in Hong Kong. The court ruled that searching for public information or access to public data is no longer allowed in Hong Kong,” Bao said. Suspicions hang over links between organised crime and police in the attack against protesters and passengers in Yuen Long.

| 22/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The Rev. The Hing-choi had sided against the extradition law and the national security law. The pastor says “government policy has deviated from the principles and bases of reasonableness and fairness". The decision to move to Britain after he was targeted for criticism by pro-Beijing newspapers. Other Protestant pastors, critical of the security law, have been accused of secession and subversion. They too went into voluntary exile.

| 22/04/2021
| HONG KONG-CHINA
by Mathias Hariyadi

KRI Nanggala 402 was conducting a missile drill. The hull could be 600-700 meters deep: little hope for the crew of 53. Aid from other countries. Jakarta is trying to fence China's ambitions in the waters around the Natuna Islands.

| 22/04/2021
| INDONESIA

The police chief accuses them of publishing "fake news". The Hong Kong executive wants to pass press control law. Press freedom index: the city is 80th in the world. State newspapers are calling for the closure of non-aligned publications. Wen Jiabao's dream of "justice" is shattered.

| 21/04/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

This will be the first official meeting between the two leaders, a sign of thawing relations between the two powers. Washington and Beijing seem ready to cooperate on combating climate change. The Chinese want greater commitment from developed countries. Analysts doubt China will be carbon neutral by 2060.

 

| 21/04/2021
| CHINA – UNITED STATES

Workers stormed a construction site demanding unpaid wages and fewer hours of work for Ramadan. Police say they intervened to avoid attacks against 900 Chinese workers. Humanitarian organisation is seeking compensation for the families of the dead. China's investments play a major role.

| 20/04/2021
| BANGLADESH

Hong Kong paid lobbyists in Washington to stop the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, later adopted in November 2019. Jimmy Lai and other pro-democracy activists go on trial. Every pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong is facing with three or four charges.

 

| 20/04/2021
| HONG KONG – UNITED STATES

The Alpha S is produced by BAIC BluePark. The basic model costs 50 thousand euros. Initially it will only be able to travel on the highway and in a few Chinese cities. Huawei is betting on smart machines to make up for losses in telecommunications. Great competition in the sector: Apple is expected to join.

| 20/04/2021
| CHINA

Across China, multiple celebrations mark the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Catholics and other believers can choose among a panoply of seminars, conferences, trips, visits, and exhibits. For Mgr Ma Yinglin, without the Communist Party there would be no New China, no socialism with Chinese characteristics, and no happy life for people today.

| 19/04/2021
| CHINA

The extra jail time comes on top of what already handed out yesterday in another case. Along with eight other pro-democracy figures, the two activists were convicted of taking part in anti-government demonstrations in 2019. For China, Lai, Benny Tai, and Joshua Wong are enemies of China.

| 17/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Margaret Ng

The lawyer and pro-democracy activist tells the court why she took part in an unauthorised protest. Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are the most precious rights the people of Hong Kong have. Defending the rule of law may even mean taking to the streets.

 

| 16/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The accused were convicted of organising and taking part in a large anti-government protest on 18 August 2019. Media mogul Jimmy Lai and barrister Margaret Ng are given a one year sentence; Martin Lee, 11 months. Former lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung gets a stiffer sentence.

| 16/04/2021
| CHINA – HONG KONG

They went from 2.1 billion to 260 million euros between February and March. US and European investors fear for their holdings. The drop is mitigated by the growth in production. Beijing now has fewer resources to stimulate recovery from the pandemic crisis.

| 16/04/2021
| CHINA

The bank wants the government to loosen birth control policies. Between 2019 and 2050, China's population might shrink by 32 million. The number of people of working age will drop while pensioners will grow. For US Intelligence, demographic decline will complicate China’s rise.

| 15/04/2021
| CHINA
by P. Wendao

Pope Francis and the universal Church are called upon to stop the closure of Catholic orphanages for mentally and physically disabled children. It is time to review the Sino-Vatican Agreement. After hopes were raised, everything is now being betrayed in the name of politics.

| 14/04/2021
| CHINA – VATICAN
by Silvina Premat

Argentina relies on Sinopharm, whose level of effectiveness has yet to be verified. Sinovac used in Chile and Brazil has a success rate just above 50 per cent. For immunologist Guillermo Docena, any vaccine is better than nothing during a pandemic. Chinese vaccines could be enhanced with Russia’s Sputnik.

 

| 14/04/2021
| ARGENTINA – CHINA

South Korea wants to take Japan to an international court. Taiwan and China demand the involvement of neighbouring countries before any decision is made. China is threatening action. For the US and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Japan’s plan meets scientific standards.

| 14/04/2021
| JAPAN – ASIA

Legco elections originally due September 2020. The executive cancelled them over pandemic: a move to avoid the Democrats victory and launch an electoral reform that rewards pro-Beijing forces. Whoever calls for a boycott of the vote will be punished. Public voter records deleted.

| 14/04/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The two activists took part in an unauthorised demonstration in 2019. Wong is already in prison on other charges and is set to be tried on more. For his part, a defiant Koo told the court, “I will violate the national security law next time,” and called for an “End the one-party dictatorship”.

 

| 13/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

China’s leading online microcredit company is forced to comply with the same rules as traditional banks. Like its majority shareholder Alibaba, it must obey the government’s directives. The authorities want the personal data of Ant's 730 million users. The Chinese Communist Party battles web giants.

| 13/04/2021
| CHINA
by Silvina Premat

For indigenous groups, environmentalists and small local producers, the project is illegal. Mega farms are expected to produce 900,000 tonnes of meat over four years for Chinese domestic consumption, raising fears about its social and environmental impact. Job prospects for Argentines are poor.

| 12/04/2021
| ARGENTINA – CHINA
by Lu Haitao

In observance of the local government's pandemic health measures, the diocese of Shanghai cancelled all pilgrimages in May. Msgr. Taddeo Ma Daqin remains under house arrest in the seminary. In Sheshan, the “Valley of Happiness” park and the Golf club are always open. Churches still subject to stringent anti-Covid measures, but for Qingming, tourist spots in China have welcomed tens of thousands of visitors without problems.

| 12/04/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

To boost protection rate, scientists hypothesize the administration of different vaccines to the same patient. A state media campaign has begun to cover fraud. China is the leading exporter of coronavirus vaccines. The risks for Europe.

| 12/04/2021
| CHINA

The Chinese online trading giant is accused of violating anti-monopoly rules. Antitrust Authority: The company damages competition and consumers. Xi Jinping has long had the billionaire in his sights. The regime wants to limit the influence of large corporations.

| 10/04/2021
| CHINA

The Hong Kong government reacts a few hours after Beijing slams London for granting activist Nathan Law political refugee status. Since June 2019, 10,200 people have been arrested, many of them young.

| 09/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

China sold and donated some 80 million doses to 60 countries. Its lead was facilitated by export controls by the European Union and India. Chinese vaccines have not yet been licenced by the World Health Organisation. Beijing will have trouble producing enough vaccines for itself and others. As a geopolitical tool, vaccines might flop.

| 09/04/2021
| CHINA

Seven developers of the Asian giant have been sanctioned, accused of cooperating with the Armed Forces of their country. The super processors are used to produce new generation missiles: The Chinese ones are among the fastest in the world. The US Congress announces a new measure against Beijing.

| 09/04/2021
| USA - CHINA

Sattar Sawut was convicted for his role in the publication of school textbooks said to incite interethnic hatred. Five other Uyghurs were convicted in the same case. The former head of the local justice department was also sentenced to death for conspiring with Muslim separatists.

 

| 08/04/2021
| CHINA
by Lee Cheuk-yan

One of Hong Kong's main political figures pleads guilty, but says he did no wrong. Political prisoners are pioneers of freedom. “I do not want to see Hong Kong rule[⒯] on the basis of such systemic violence.”

| 08/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Yeung Sum

The pro-democracy activist justifies his participation in an unauthorised march with his commitment to freedom. Loving the homeland does not mean loving the Chinese Communist Party. The pro-democracy front will be on the side of the people and will insist on its struggle.

| 08/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

WHO inquiry in China slanted by political factors and failed to provide credible responses to the hypothesis of "leak from a laboratory". The WHO compromised to obtain a modicum of cooperation from the Chinese. Investigators did not have access to vital data.

| 08/04/2021
| CHINA - WHO

Scientists from other countries will begin observations in August. The instrument has a diameter of 500 metres, and can locate an object 13.7 billion light years away. Since January it has discovered 300 pulsars. Most of the data collected will be available to the public.

| 07/04/2021
| CHINA

No cashiers: cameras and sensors will identify customers and automatically charge the cost of the purchase. Amazon has already launched "digital" stores: The Japanese Daiei’s shops will be cheaper. No negative impact on national employment.

| 07/04/2021
| JAPAN

Kim Jong-un's regime motivated the decision with the need to protect its athletes from the pandemic. It is the first country to make such a decision. South Korea and Japan hoped to use the Olympic demonstration to reopen a channel of dialogue with Kim.

| 06/04/2021
| NORTH KOREA - JAPAN

At least 44 minors killed so far to quell the pro-democracy revolt. The Chinese are asking the coup generals to protect the gas and oil pipeline built as part of the Belt and Road. More charges against democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi: she faces 14 years in prison.

| 02/04/2021
| MYANMAR-CHINA

Charged by the government for organising a demonstration, Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee, Margaret Ng, Albert Ho and Lee Cheuk-yan still believe that the fight for freedom and democracy in Hong Kong will continue. Beijing’s repression is a betrayal of the promises made to the people of Hong Kong.

| 01/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Liu Ning

The bishops must assimilate the "blood, toil, tears, courage, wisdom and strength" that led to the "success" of the Party and its leadership.

| 01/04/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

Sentencing to be set on April 16. Found guilty of organizing and taking part in an unauthorized demonstration. The group includes Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee and Margaret Ng. Lee Cheuk-yan: “One day we will win”. Cyd Ho: “Continue to fight for freedom”.

| 01/04/2021
| HONG KONG-CHINA
by Abduhaliq Bekri

State censorship frustrates the WHO inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak. Chinese researchers told how to report the pandemic. The exchange of information with the outside is prohibited. Unauthorised research has been retracted. China’s scientific credibility takes another blow.

 

| 31/03/2021
| CHINA

The World Health Organization report on the origin of the pandemic has been published. Transmission from animal to human remains the most probable hypothesis. The WHO chief reveals that the Chinese have not provided all the data. US government: Beijing must guarantee full access to investigators.

| 31/03/2021
| CHINA - WHO

Reduction in the number of deputies elected by direct suffrage. Most MPs will be chosen by the pro-establishment Electoral Committee. Pre-emptive police check on would-be candidates. Carrie Lam: Democrats can be elected, but only if they are "patriots".

| 30/03/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Hundreds of millions of yuan have been lost due to drop in sales. Uyghurs and members of other Muslim minorities are exploited in labour camps. The campaign against US and European brands that do not buy local cotton has been a failure. Nike shoes are still sold on the B2C platform founded by billionaire Jack Ma.

| 29/03/2021
| CHINA

They are used for smartphones, electric vehicles and precision weapons. Beijing is the world's leading producer and accounts for 60% of Japanese imports. Demand for precious metals on the rise due to decarbonisation efforts. The US and its allies fear that the Chinese will use them for geopolitical purposes.

| 29/03/2021
| JAPAN

According to the Filipinos, 200 Chinese maritime militia boats are stationed near Whitsun Reef, a disputed coral reef. The impact of the crisis on the 2022 presidential elections in the Philippines. Washington supports Manila. Biden wants to build a united front to contain China’s expansionism.

| 27/03/2021
| PHILIPPINES-CHINA

The move has not gone down well with many people, who accuse the authorities of killing traditional culture. In some cities, fireworks and cremations have also been proscribed. Xi Jinping is manipulating Chinese traditions to boost his regime's control over society.

| 26/03/2021
| CHINA

Nine British citizens and four organisations that denounced human rights violations in Xinjiang targeted. On March 22, the Chinese sanctioned European Union personalities and institutions. China responds to punitive measures from the US, Europe, the UK and Canada. London and the EU see Beijing as a "systemic" threat.

| 26/03/2021
| CHINA-GREAT BRITAIN

Cotton producers in China's autonomous region are accused of exploiting forced Uyghur labour and other Muslim minorities. Communist youth start a campaign to boycott Western clothing brands. Beijing is flexing its economic muscles to block US and European sanctions.

| 25/03/2021
| CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

Thanks to the pressure exerted by AsiaNews, the church of the Sacred Heart was not demolished. Tensions in the country over the seizure of land. The faithful had already removed the furnishings and decorations. But the building cannot be used because water, electricity and other services have been cut off by the government.

| 25/03/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

This is the first case of its kind years. The bomber, who died along with four other people, carried out the attack because of a dispute with the authorities over compensation. Between 2005 and 2015, local governments took land from millions of farmers. Judges cannot limit the power of local officials.

 

| 24/03/2021
| CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Comments after the meeting of foreign ministers Sergej Lavrov and Wang Yi in Guilin. Cooperation between Moscow and Beijing on Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan. Suspicion of Western support for Naval'nyj, the Belarusian opposition, the Hong Kong protests. Economic and strategic cooperation against the dollar. No to a military alliance. Putin and Xi Jinping are drafting a joint statement.

| 24/03/2021
| RUSSIA-CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Reinhard Bütikofer, one of the EU lawmakers sanctioned yesterday by China, warns against this kind of actions by Beijing. The EU has targeted four senior officials and a government entity for cracking down on the Uyghurs. The Chinese responded with counter-sanctions. EU, US, UK and Canada have coordinated their anti-China move.

| 23/03/2021
| EUROPEAN UNION – CHINA

Oversea sales grew for 12th consecutive month: in February an increase of 48.5%. Exports driven by requests for hi-tech products, especially from China and the United States. Taipei wants to reopen the borders to citizens from "motherland". Tension remains high with the Chinese.

| 23/03/2021
| TAIWAN - CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

15% increase on previous week, but vaccination is slow due to the production and speed of the program. Britain has so far vaccinated 41%; the United States 25%. More than 60 countries have authorized the use of the Chinese vaccine. Only one of the four vaccines has obtained emergency approval from the World Health Organization. Lack in data on third phase. Criticism of "vaccine diplomacy" with Xi Jinping’s aid to Africa and Latin America.

| 23/03/2021
| CHINA
by Wei Jingsheng

US politicians tied to big business push to have US athletes go. It is more effective for the Chinese to use money to corrupt universal values than to threaten an adversary with nuclear weapons. For the Biden administration, the boycott would be a first foreign policy success.

| 22/03/2021
| CHINA

The two sides clash over Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber war and Beijing's economic reprisals against Washington's allies. Common interests include Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan and climate change. The Chinese are looking to Russia and Turkey to counter the US offensive. European Union and Australia make their move.

| 20/03/2021
| UNITED STATES – CHINA

The top diplomats of the two countries hold the first high-level meeting of the Biden era. For Blinken, China is a threat to global stability. Yang Jiechi replies saying the United States is inciting other countries to attack China. However, both sides can cooperate against global warming and the pandemic.

| 19/03/2021
| UNITED STATES – CHINA

Worldwide, drop of 54 million. The poor are growing: 131 million globally, 60% in India. At least 30 million Chinese now categorised in the low income bracket. China has not eradicated poverty despite recent proclamations by Xi Jinping.

| 19/03/2021
| CHINA - INDIA

This is the main aspect of the election reform imposed by the mainland on Hong Kong. The Committee appointing the head of the local executive gets more powers. Beijing wants to eliminate so-called anti-Chinese elements. For Taiwan’s former pro-China president, the law means the death of the “one country, two systems” principle.

| 18/03/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The Chinese ambassador had ordered Senator Alain Richard not to visit Taiwan. For the Chinese it is a violation of the "one China principle". It is not the first time that China has threatened European politicians who want to visit the island.

| 18/03/2021
| FRANCE-CHINA-TAIWAN

The Biden administration approves the sale of sonars, combat systems and periscopes. The subs will help the island face off the Chinese threat. Donald Trump had authorised US$ 18 billion in arms sales to Taiwan. China opposes Taiwanese independence.

| 17/03/2021
| TAIWAN – UNITED STATES

The EU is planning punitive measures for anti-Uyghur repression in Xinjiang. In April, it will also approve sanctions against China for violating the “one country, two systems” principle in Hong Kong. The Chinese admit that US restrictions are hurting. The EU and China are also split over the South China Sea and Taiwan.

| 17/03/2021
| CHINA – EUROPEAN UNION

The current ban on entry into China is of particular concern to 23,000 Indians studying at Chinese universities. The announcement will bring them little relief as vaccines produced in China are not available in India. China's Foreign Ministry said Monday that China is willing to carry out mutual recognition of vaccination with other nations, but this process is expected to take time.

 

| 16/03/2021
| INDIA – CHINA

Xi Jinping maintains they are too big and influential and must be downsized. Tencent and Alibaba the first targets. The Chinese authorities want to break the monopolies in the hi-tech sector. Media investments are also targeted. Like Jack Ma, those who challenge Xi "retire" to work for charity.

| 16/03/2021
| CHINA

About 42 per cent of world-wide weapons sales are made in the Asia-Oceania region. Russian and Chinese exports decline, those of the US, France and Germany increase. Imports boom in the Middle East. It is hard to know if growth will resume after the pandemic.

 

| 15/03/2021
| ASIA

Of these 16% have no intention of returning. 34.9% want to leave the city for political and social reasons; 38.1% are ready to return if the protection of personal freedoms improves. The security law torpedoes favourable business conditions. Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand are favourite destinations.

| 15/03/2021
| HONG KONG

It is the worst in the last 10 years. A surge in pollution indicators. Government reforestation projects fail to solve the problem. The country produces 28% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. Xi Jinping: "decarbonization" by 2060.

| 15/03/2021
| CHINA

Response of United States, Japan, India and Australia to China's "vaccine diplomacy". Production in India with US technology, Japanese financing and Australian logistics. Beijing "belittles". Summit with the Chinese next week in Alaska: Waashington announces a hard line.

| 13/03/2021
| ASIA - USA

The ban mainly concerns semiconductors, antennas and batteries for the production of Chinese smartphones. Ren Zhengfei's company's worldwide sales have plummeted. Another European telephone operator gives up on China’s 5G. Quad countries will cooperate on the next generation internet.

| 12/03/2021
| UNITED STATES – CHINA

The judge denied bail to 10 activists accused of subversion; another 11 had withdrawn the request. More hearings in the coming days. Only five of the 47 indicted are free on bail. Banners in support of the detained even in stadiums.

| 12/03/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Willy Lam

The Chinese president wants economic and technological self-sufficiency. Expand alliances with cooperative countries. Create an army that knows how to "win wars". Electoral reform in Hong Kong. The deification of the supreme leader.

| 11/03/2021
| CHINA

This is another blow for the pro-democracy opposition. Only one NPC delegate abstained while 2,895 voted in favour. The pro-Beijing Election Committee, which elects the chief executive, will appoint a certain number of members of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. For Carrie Lam, the latter will not be hostage to politics anymore. The UK slams China for not fulfilling the commitments made in 1997.

| 11/03/2021
| CHINA – HONG KONG

For 61.6 per cent, the island should not even import Chinese-made anti-coronavirus drugs. Taiwan is open to renewed talks with China, but on an equal footing. The Quad is moving against Chinese vaccine diplomacy. EU Council president slams propaganda from Xi Jinping's regime.

 

| 10/03/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA

It will be for research and will be open to other nations. The Chinese are investing heavily in their space program. The US is working on its own project for a new human moon landing and at the Lunar Gateway station. Russians and Chinese strengthen their partnership in an anti-Western key.

| 10/03/2021
| CHINA - RUSSIA
by Silvina Premat

The most widely used is Sinovac, made in China. Brazilian doctors have questioned its effectiveness. Another Chinese company, Sinopharm, and Russia’s Sputnik follow. The region’s richest countries – Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Argentina – are getting the lion share of the vaccines. Poorer countries have to rely on COVAX sharing programme.

 

| 09/03/2021
| AMERICA LATINA – ASIA

The electronic medical certificate should be recognized by States to allow travel, easing border medical checks and quarantines. So far, China has administered 52 million doses of the vaccine. The vaccination of 40% of the population by June.

| 09/03/2021
| CHINA

China turns to "post-colonial" countries to create its own global sphere of influence. The exploitation of Covid vaccine diplomacy. Attempt to weaken the Euro-Atlantic front. Myanmar coup lays bare the limits of Chinese foreign policy.

| 08/03/2021
| CHINA

This is the main goal of the 14th five-year economic plan. Beijing wants to dominate sectors like  robotics, smart machines, innovative vaccines and transport systems. US boycott of Huawei is a source of concern. Washington ready to respond with a US$ 30 billion investment.

| 06/03/2021
| CHINA

GDP grew by 2.3% last year due to the pandemic. Li Keqiang: We aim to create 11 million new jobs and raise the retirement age. Debt aggravated by aging population. Expert: low interest rates aid indebted countries like China.

| 05/03/2021
| CHINA

The prosecution drops appeal against bail, which was denied outright to 31 defendants. A number of conditions have been imposed, plus bail money.

| 05/03/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Beijing wants to choose the Hong Kong parliament members. Fight against foreign interference. Military spending increases: the goal is to prevent Taipei's independence. $ 62 billion spent to contain the pandemic. Few vaccinated at home as many supplies sent abroad.

| 05/03/2021
| CHINA

Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines are expected to host the defence systems. Spending on US Commando in the Indo-Pacific will reach 27.4 billion dollars. Admiral Davidson: The Chinese could try to retake Taiwan within 6 years. Regional nations unlikely to accept US proposal.

| 05/03/2021
| USA-CHINA

China’s parliament opens tomorrow to approve the new five-year plan. Government debt now stands at 270.1 per cent of GDP. Demographically, the country has reached a plateau. Hong Kong’s election law is bound to become more restrictive. Observers will watch how Taiwan will be discussed. For Chinese scholar, China should learn from the rise of the US.

| 04/03/2021
| CHINA

Lithuanian Foreign Minister to review relations with the Chinese. Observers predict the Baltic country will leave 17 + 1. Small EU nations increasingly dissatisfied with relations with China. Another blow to Beijing: Lithuania will open a commercial office in Taiwan.

| 04/03/2021
| LITHUANIA-CHINA

Hong Kong authorities want to strike a blow at pro-democracy moderates, says Ernest Ng, expert in public policy. The 47 are back in court tomorrow. Freedom of association and the right to organise under International Labour Convention have been violated. Restrictions are expected for Hong Kong’s election law.

| 03/03/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Small business owners in the tourist provinces badly hit. The Caixin Index on services is down, a sign that Chinese companies are laying off. The new coronavirus outbreaks plunge the catering and wellness sectors into crisis. The government is not expected to give any indications on the expected growth in 2021.

| 03/03/2021
| CHINA

Defendants are seeking bail. Yesterday’s hearing lasted well into the night and was suspended when four defendants had to be hospitalised for exhaustion. For the prosecution, democracy is a crime. Pro-democracy advocates slam the trial for violating human rights. EU sees the procedure as the end of political pluralism.

| 02/03/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The accused were arrested in January for organising and taking part in a primary held in July 2020 designed to win the upcoming election. Card Joseph Zen and Lee Cheuk-yan were present in the courthouse where the accused were arraigned. For US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, “Political participation and freedom of expression should not be crimes.” Beijing wants to severely punish Jimmy Lai, Benni Tai and Joshua Wong.

| 01/03/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

The increase is almost entirely due to COVID-19. In the first three months of 2020 alone, some 45,320 people probably died because of the pandemic. The Chinese government reported so far only 4,636 deaths in the whole country, 3,869 in Wuhan. For the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China, Wuhan's medical staff were warned not to give interviews to journalists.

 

| 01/03/2021
| CHINA

The Caixin Index drops to 50.6 points in February, from 51.5 in January. Domestic and foreign demand fell due to the pandemic. Chinese companies stop hiring. Alarm raised over decline in tax revenues. The burden of debt accumulated by local governments.

| 01/03/2021
| CHINA

An economic and social time bomb. In the same period, there will be more than 300 million pensioners while the working population paying their pensions shrinks. The government will raise the retirement age. Local leaders are calling for the abolition of limits on the number of children per couple.

| 27/02/2021
| CHINA

Indians depend on Chinese manufacturing. Two-way trade stood at US$ 77.7 billion in 2020, more than with the United States. Modi’s autarchy has yielded no results. Border disputes could exacerbate divisions. Joe Biden is pushing for an anti-Chinese alliance.

 

| 26/02/2021
| INDIA – CHINA

They were arrested in January for organizing and taking part in the July primary. A repeat of the Jimmy Lai case is feared. The group includes Benny Tai, strategist of the electoral campaign. Accused of "wanting to win the election". Chinese university students’ union banned.

| 26/02/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

For the Chinese president, 99 million people have been lifted out of poverty in eight years, a gift for the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party. However, the base point is too low; in fact, 13 per cent of the population still lives below the poverty line. Doubts have also been cast on economic picture since it is based on data provided by the provinces.

| 25/02/2021
| CHINA
by Silvina Premat

Chinese investments bring no benefits. Chinese companies violate local laws. Chinese workers get paid more than US$ 2,000 dollars while Venezuelans get US$ 350. The same situation is found in other parts of Latin America. Complaints are made against Chinese mining and oil companies.

| 25/02/2021
| VENEZUELA – CHINA

The Court motivation for the rejection of latest bail request by the democracy tycoon. His commitment not to use the internet and to limit contact overlooked. The legal foundations of the city have been subverted. Links between Lai and the “Stand with Hong Kong” pressure group rejected.

| 24/02/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

This year's work program for Catholics has been drawn up by bishops and the Patriotic Association.  Deepen the history of the Party, the Long March, Socialism, aligning with the leadership of Xi Jinping.  A Theological Forum on Sinicization is also planned.  More than a "pastoral" program, it is a political program in which the "independent and autonomous Church" is exalted.

 

 

| 22/02/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

They are part of the group of 80 big brands accused of doing business with Xinjiang companies that exploit forced labour. Giant Toshiba will close relations by the end of the year. The US and Britain have already imposed restrictions on imports of Chinese cotton.

| 22/02/2021
| JAPAN-CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

For Lithuania’s Deputy Foreign Minister, the European Union needs a common policy towards China. The latest 17+1 summit is a flop. Xi Jinping fails to keep his promises on investments. Germany and France remain cautious. Estonian intelligence warns that China wants a “silenced” world under its dominance.

 

| 20/02/2021
| EUROPE–CHINA

Michael Ngan organised protests against Hong Kong’s extradition bill, its handling of the pandemic, and the security law. For him, Hong Kong civil servants are accountable only to Hong Kong authorities. Police arrest university student for supporting Hong Kong independence.

| 19/02/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The Chinese have not respected "phase one" of the trade agreement. The US expects the growth of agricultural purchases from China. Biden and Congress press Xi Jinping on human rights. The blacklist of Chinese hi-tech companies remains. US warships intensify presence in the South China Sea. Blinken at work to restore alliances and involve Europe.

| 19/02/2021
| CHINA - USA
by Wang Zhicheng

The church was built in 2000, with all the permits and praise of the local authorities. There are two reasons for the destruction: the land’s commercial value and erasing the "showy" symbolism of the religious building. The policy of "sinicization" launched by Xi Jinping and implemented in Zhejiang and Xijiang. 16,000 mosques were also destroyed or damaged. The appeal to the Pope and the Vatican.

| 19/02/2021
| CHINA-VATICAN

Global debt is equal to 355 percent of global GDP. China's debt jumped by 335 per cent of GDP. Countries are going into greater debt to support companies and workers. The trend will continue in 2021. Finding a balanced exit strategy will be the big challenge.

| 18/02/2021
| ASIA

He will have to await trial for threats to national security in custody. Judge Pang: If released he could repeat the offense. Also indicted for helping 12 democratic activists escape, later arrested and sentenced in Shenzhen. Already on trial for his role in the anti-extradition movement.

| 18/02/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Prime Minister Hun Sen and his government issue a decree to “better” manage the flow of news and network traffic, ostensibly to protect the country’s traditions, morals and national security. In reality, the goal is to manage and repress dissent. For activists, the decree threatens more and more people.

| 18/02/2021
| CAMBODIA – CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The new "hybrid" cold war between Russia and the EU began with the annexation of Crimea. Putin's imperial ambitions clash with China's claims. On Chinese social networks the hashtag “Give us back Siberia” is going viral.

| 18/02/2021
| RUSSIA - EU - CHINA

The media tycoon is now charged with helping a group of 12 pro-democracy activists trying to flee to Taiwan. Arrested in Shenzhen, the twelve are now on trial. This is the second charge against Lai under national security legislation; he is currently held in a maximum security prison. His bail hearing is set for tomorrow.

| 17/02/2021
| HONG KONG

Taiwan was close to an agreement to buy five million doses. For island’s Health Minister, political interference scuttled the deal. Shanghai Fosun is licenced to distribute the vaccine in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Taiwan has already bought millions of doses from AstraZeneca and Moderna.

| 17/02/2021
| TAIWAN – CHINA
by Giuseppe Zhao Hongchun

In his pastoral letter for Lent, Fr Joseph Zhao urges the faithful to renew their baptismal life, suggesting a “rational use of communication tools”, overcoming virtual “fast food” by reading and copying the texts of the Bible.

 

| 17/02/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

Russia, Iran and the US follow China. Conspiracy theories are amplified on Twitter and Facebook. Hundreds of millions of social media users have shared conspiracy tweets posted by Chinese diplomats. Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran spread same theories. Trump's accusations sparked China’s reactions.

| 16/02/2021
| CHINA

They face up to five years in prison. Accused of having organized and taken part in an unauthorized demonstration. The group includes Jimmy Lai and Martin Lee. Seven pleaded not guilty. Lee Cheuk-yan, one of them: We will fight like an "ox".

| 16/02/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The Chinese president likened it to a steamed bun. In the past he was depicted as Winnie the Pooh. Satirical web channels that damage the reputation of the Chinese leader have been targeted. Videos have been removed for alleged copyright violations.

| 15/02/2021
| CHINA
by Tran Hung

Lower water levels are affecting people in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Chinese dams are responsible for the decline, damaging transport, fisheries, agriculture and aquaculture. For the Mekong River Commission, China and other countries must share water discharge plans.

| 15/02/2021
| VIETNAM

180,000 city officials have to swear an oath of loyalty by the end of the month, under penalty of dismissal. Defections put the coronavirus campaign at risk. The suffocation of democratic freedoms continues: limits on the right of expatriation proposed.

| 13/02/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

He is in prison for calling for political reforms and defending various human rights activists. Sentenced to four years on charges of "inciting subversion". He was the defender of the well-known dissident Wang Quanzhang. His wife: the award will give courage to those who fight for human rights in China.

| 12/02/2021
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

Traditional trips and gatherings have been blocked. Hundreds of millions of migrants will spend the holidays in their workplace. Macau's casinos lost 63% of their revenue last year. The astrologers promise: this year there will be wealth and success. Greetings from Pope Francis.

| 12/02/2021
| ASIA

Lai’s first application was rejected by the Court of Final Appeal at the request of the Department of Justice. The pro-democracy tycoon has been in prison since 31 December. He still has a chance to be placed under house arrest if his defence team can prove that he poses no threat to national security.

 

| 11/02/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Zdeněk Hřib targeted for having twinned with Taipei and supporting Tibetan dissidents. “No cost” for my commitment to Taiwan and Tibet. China is an “unreliable” trading partner. Alarm raised over Chinese lobbying campaigns in Europe. Xi Jinping embarrassed at the “17 + 1” summit.

| 11/02/2021
| CZECH REPUBLIC-CHINA-TAIWAN

First contact between the two leaders. The new administration wants to continue Trump's tough policy, but with a different approach. Washington: involve allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. China task force created in the Pentagon. US warships continue to challenge Chinese interests.

| 11/02/2021
| USA-CHINA

Erdoğan appears to have traded them for millions of doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine. Protests are taking place in front of the Chinese embassy in Ankara. The ratification of an extradition treaty with China faces an uphill battle. Turkish opposition parties are on the attack against the “sultan”.

 

| 10/02/2021
| TURKEY - CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

It will contain all information on religious personnel, including the punishments received and the revocation of their ministry. A document on the management of clergy, monks, priests, bishops, who above all have the obligation to "support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, support the socialist system", "resist illegal religious activities and religious extremism and resist infiltration of foreign forces that use religion”. "Religions continue to be treated as state institutions and the commitments of religious workers as civil servants". The "pastoral" value of the Sino-Vatican Agreement is in crisis.

| 10/02/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Attempt to overcome the pandemic and boost prospects. The most advantageous Chinese provinces for Russian business are Hong Kong, Guangdong, Shanghai and Beijing. Russian is spoken in border areas, like Heilongjiang.

| 10/02/2021
| RUSSIA-CHINA

From almost 12 million in 2019 to just over 10 million last year. Some provinces report a 30% drop. The failure of the regime's demographic control policies. Over the next 30 years, China will lose 200 million working-age adults and have 300 million more retirees.

| 10/02/2021
| CHINA
by Elizabeth Chen

China has tried to confuse domestic and international public opinion about the origins of the pandemic. The narrative spun by Chinese authorities suggests that China’s response to the crisis was effective and transparent and that the coronavirus did not originate in China. For the United States, the evidence points to “illnesses inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology”.

| 09/02/2021
| CHINA

The democracy icon and tycoon will still be able to submit a fresh appeal to the High Court. The presumption of innocence does not apply in cases of threat to national security. Basic Law suspended. “Foreign judges” were absent from the panel of judges.

| 09/02/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Taboo topics like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang are freely discussed. The invitation-only app is available only through foreign IDs. The authorities will likely target it soon. In China, repression continues. Police arrest the girlfriend of Xu Zhiyong, leader of the New Citizens Movement.

| 08/02/2021
| CHINA

In his speech to the diplomat corps accredited to the Vatican, Francis spoke of the consequences of the epidemic. The health crisis and the fair distribution of vaccines. The crisis of democracy and the coup in Myanmar. The economic crisis and the Next Generation EU plan. The increase in migrants and illegal rejections. Respect for religious freedom.

| 08/02/2021
| VATICAN

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Taiwan leads Japan and South Korea. Globally it is 11th. Greater financial transparency in politics and judicial independence are the main factors boosting its ranking. Thanks to hi-tech, the island also had the best economy in 2020. It also ranks third in the world for 5G network speed.

| 06/02/2021
| TAIWAN

The Chinese government criticizes interference in its internal affairs and charges Washington with promoting anti-Chinese elements in the former British colony. US politicians: the democratic movement is fighting peacefully for its rights. Democratic leader Martin Lee also proposed for recognition.

| 05/02/2021
| HONG KONG-CHINA
by Silvina Premat

After crossing the Pacific, China’s fishing armada is now off the Argentine coast. The Argentinian government is playing down the issue, saying that it is negotiating with China, while refusing US help. Environmental groups call for international regulation.

| 04/02/2021
| CHINA – ARGENTINA
by Emanuele Scimia

The New START treaty is extended for another five years. It reduces the number of nuclear warheads to 1,500. Russian expert: China has 430 nuclear weapons, its position is understandable. The Kremlin will not put pressure on the Chinese: they need it to counterbalance the United States and the European Union. The failure of non-proliferation efforts.

| 04/02/2021
| CHINA-UNITED STATES-RUSSIA

The IPAC says the United Nations and individual states must act against Beijing, accused of crimes against humanity and genocide. Victims tortured with electric shocks to the genitals. The drama of forced sterilization. China denies the abuse and the existence of concentration camps in the autonomous region.

| 04/02/2021
| CHINA

He wanted to join his sick wife in the US, but was taken away by the police. He is accused of endangering national security. As a student, Guo participated in the Tiananmen protests. During his imprisonment he was subjected to torture. Human rights lawyers are targeted by China’s regime.

| 03/02/2021
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

Lee Chu-ming is one of the founders of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party. A Catholic, the former lawmaker was arrested last April and then released on bail for taking part in an unauthorised protest.

 

| 03/02/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The document backed by the US, Great Britain and France called for the restoration of democracy and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. Moscow in support of Chinese. China woos the Naypyidaw Armed Forces. Fears in the West that Myanmar will fall into the Chinese orbit.

| 03/02/2021
| CHINA - MYANMAR

The new US Secretary of State accuses Beijing of violating its commitments for the territory’s autonomy. The prosecutor wants to deny bail to the magnate: the doubts of the Court of Appeal. Criticism of Carrie Lam for having met the territory’s highest judge shortly before the hearing.

| 02/02/2021
| HONG KONG

In China, factory activity and services are down because of new lockdowns and restrictions for the Lunar New Year. Xi Jinping's strategy is threatened. GDP growth slows down in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Taiwan enjoys eight consecutive months of economic expansion and the best manufacturing numbers in eight years.

| 01/02/2021
| CHINA – TAIWAN

The Court of Final Appeal has decided to reserve judgement before ruling on Lai’s bail application.  Cardinal Zen lined up for the hearing. Prosecutors argue against bail on national security grounds. Lai’s defence team urges the court to uphold the presumption of innocence. Applications to move to the UK have started; 7,000 people have already fled because of the repression.

| 01/02/2021
| HONG KONG

In one year, the Chinese hi-tech giant goes from first to sixth place in the world market share. Biden Administration: Beijing companies threaten our national security. Apple and Samsung take advantage of Huawei's downfall. Sales of Xiaomi, also in Washington's sights, are growing.

| 30/01/2021
| CHINA

For Vietnamese expert Nguyen Anh Tuan, common standards are needed to prevent abuse and protect privacy and workers. China uses artificial intelligence (AI) to control its population. AI raises concerns about its application to make more lethal weapons. The use of new technologies must be based on respect for democratic values.

 

| 29/01/2021
| ASIA

China denies the "interference" of external forces and the "provocations" of Taiwanese separatists. Chinese military: " To contain China, mission impossible". Pentagon: Ready to cooperate with China, but we have obligations towards Taipei. The doubts of the Taiwanese.

| 29/01/2021
| CHINA - TAIWAN

Investigators arrived two weeks ago. Ready to interview infected patients, nurses and laboratory technicians. Request to access the data on the city market where the virus is supposed to have first spread. The government silences citizens who want to speak to the team of experts. Beijing halts travel for the Lunar New Year.

| 28/01/2021
| CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

Human rights lawyers see the ophthalmologist as a role model to follow. He raised the alarm about the coronavirus and was silenced by police and hospital authorities. The epidemic that followed is the price for the silence imposed on Li Wenliang, intellectuals, writers, journalists, and others. The campaign can offer a suggestion to the WHO.

| 27/01/2021
| CHINA

Only a dozen positive cases identified after the sudden and temporary confinement of some districts of the city. The Jordan and Yau Mai Tei areas are under observation. The local executive defends the initiative. Fears of the use of restrictions as instruments of political and social control.

| 27/01/2021
| HONG KONG
by Bernardo Cervellera

In his Davos' speech, Xi asserts the winning strength of the "China model". Political stability at the cost of repression. Even the "US model", with its "democratic virus", has victims: immigrants, African-Americans, but also whites, small business owners, workers. Many victims of the globalized system were among the Washington demonstrators. The stock exchanges and the financial world are profiting from the Covid crisis. Financial power pulls the strings of both the "China model" and the "US model".

| 26/01/2021
| EDITORIAL
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Several online media portals and books dedicated to the relations between Beijing and Dushanbe share this idea. Some claim that “all of Central Asia” belonged to China, but the historical evidence is lacking. Tajikistan has “returned” 1,158 square kilometres of territory in the Pamir area to Beijing. On the other hand, Beijing has agreed to ease Tajikistan’s debt burden in a new great Silk Road.

| 26/01/2021
| TAJIKISTAN – CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

In a 20-minute video speech, the Chinese president uses both peaceful and threatening tones towards the US, warning of "a new cold war". Differences are a boost to "cooperation". No to "imposing a hierarchy on human civilization or to force one's own history, culture and social system upon others". No mention of the problems of Xinjiang, Hong Kong, or the pandemic that emerged in Wuhan. The G20 is a place of governance.

| 26/01/2021
| CHINA

20 manoeuvres in January, in addition to naval ones. Attack jets and bombers also used.  Washington protests. Experts: message from Beijing to the Biden administration. Xi Jinping does not rule out the use of force for reunification.

| 25/01/2021
| CHINA - TAIWAN

By midnight, all residents will be tested in 48 hours. Since the start of January, 160 cases of SARS-CoV2 have been reported in the area. Residents protest the sudden decision. Police confine journalists to a hotel. A year ago, China declared a health emergency in Wuhan.

 

| 23/01/2021
| HONG KONG
by Wang Zhicheng

The village chief is responsible for the order to tie to trees people who are reluctant to stay home. In Hebei the number of cases is down, but places of worship remain closed. Some people blame them for being the source of contagion.

| 22/01/2021
| CHINA

Repression of the democratic movement in the former British colony condemned. Calls for targeted sanctions against the officials responsible for the crackdown. The Union had to use the negotiations to preserve the autonomy of the city state. Defending human rights also in Xinjiang and Tibet.

| 22/01/2021
| EUROPEAN UNION - CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

The founder of the "New Citizens" movement and the human rights lawyer face sentences of more than 11 years. They are currently held in a Shandong prison, kept isolated, unable to receive mail, nor mee their defence lawyers. For Xu, Xi Jinping, by suppressing freedom of expression, is the cause of the spread of the coronavirus and the proponent of a "new model of totalitarianism".

| 21/01/2021
| CHINA

The wishes underline the desire to mend relations after the turbulent years of the Trump presidency. The Pope asks for "unfailing respect for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and those who have no voice ". Iranian Javad Zarif: The Trump presidency ended up "in the garbage of history". The enthusiasm of Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. The hopes of China.

| 21/01/2021
| VATICAN - USA - ASIA

The measure includes travel restrictions and limitations on the ability to do business in China. Spokesman for Biden: A "cynical and unproductive" move. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the most prominent sanctioned personality. The Chinese are responding to the restrictions imposed by the former president.

| 21/01/2021
| CHINA - USA
by Emanuele Scimia

China is nostalgic for Trump, the "gravedigger of US hegemony". Chinese experts: The US containment policy will continue, reinvigorated by the relaunch of relations with allies. The centrality of Taiwan. Seoul could break the anti-China front. The focus on East Asia pushes the new president to "neutralize" the Middle Eastern chessboard.

| 21/01/2021
| ASIA-USA
by Wang Zhicheng

Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan issues order, after a visit to the province. Online posts against religions and Catholics are multiplying: their "development" endangers the "socialist system". Up until yesterday, over 800 positive cases have been recorded in Hebei, of which 771 in Shijiazhuang.

| 20/01/2021
| CHINA
by Riccardo Lampariello*

In 2021, not enough people will be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Over 15 billion doses will be needed to immunize the world. China and India plan to help poor countries, but only after their own citizens. Developing countries face logistical problems. The UN has its work cut out.

| 20/01/2021
| ASIA – UNITED NATIONS

The outgoing secretary of state attacks the Chinese for the repression of Muslims in Xinjiang. His accusations confirmed by the UN, independent researches and various media. The Chinese respond with irony. Antony Blinken: Trump's "tough" policy towards China corrected.

| 20/01/2021
| USA-CHINA

In 2020, the number of rural workers who sought jobs in cities drops by 5 million. Inflation wipes out wage gains. The crisis in the export and construction sectors cuts job opportunities for domestic migrants.

 

| 19/01/2021
| CHINA

US experts want to interview Wuhan medical staff and access all scientific data. 300 studies related to the virology institute suspected of being the epicentre of the pandemic have disappeared from the web. Independent group: Unjustified delays by WHO and China.

| 19/01/2021
| CHINA - USA

Highly toxic PFAS are present in great levels. China has no national safety standards. Levels are higher in the industrial areas of southern and eastern China. Chinese company is building drinking water plants in developing countries.

| 18/01/2021
| CHINA

Beijing is the only G-20 country to record positive growth. Among the advanced economies, only Taiwan has done better. The problem of debt. Domestic consumption and the number of migrant workers dropps. Collapse of investments in the Belt and Road Initiative.

| 18/01/2021
| CHINA
by Willy Lam

CCP members and the media must increasingly align themselves with the dictates of the Chinese president. Hi-tech giants are a danger and need to be brought under control. Strategies to prevent US-orchestrated international containment. Everything will depend on the economic results.

| 16/01/2021
| CHINA

State enterprise administrators, members of the Chinese Communist Party, military officials and large companies such as CNOOC and Xiaomi targeted. Those who contribute to China's "coercive" actions in the South China Sea also on the list. Xi asks US multinationals to favour commercial relations between the two countries.

| 15/01/2021
| CHINA - USA

Authorities claim that HKChronicles violated national security laws. Website managers: it is censorship; we will operate on another domain. Democratic field: fears for the freedom of information online. The authorities step up their crackdown.

| 15/01/2021
| HONG KONG-CHINA

Tesla sold 114,000 electric cars in China last year. However, its Chinese competitors are growing. Large state-owned enterprises are increasingly indebted. China’s debt-to-GDP ratio hits 275 per cent. Exports are growing, but are bound to slow once public handouts for the Covid-19 emergency end.

| 14/01/2021
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

The arrested include well-known lawyer Daniel Wong Kwok-tung, district councillor of the democratic camp and tenacious defender of many young people arrested during last year's demonstrations. All are suspected of helping 12 activists flee to Taiwan, who were then arrested and tried by the Shenzhen police.

| 14/01/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The account of the Kazakh human rights group was blocked after 9 January. As it gets ready to enter the Chinese market, Facebook seems to be censoring what might upset Beijing. The human rights group has more than 30,000 videos of Kazakhs speaking about their missing relatives.

| 13/01/2021
| KAZAKHSTAN – CHINA

Chinese and Hong Kong authorities accuse Washington of a “double standard”. Protesters in the former British colony, however, want more democracy, as did those in Tiananmen. Young Taiwanese fought for the sovereignty of their country. The Republic of China in 1913 is a precedent. The democratic system saved the United States.

| 13/01/2021
| CHINA – UNITED STATES
by Paul Wang

PIME missionary, Fr Franco Mella, met and prayed with the wife and the youngest son of the Catholic businessman held in prison. The request in the name of "humanity" to free six members of the democratic movement and the young people arrested in recent months. The priest asks for "humanity" and not "efficiency" also in the case of Alicia, separated from her mother Shifa by law.

| 13/01/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

An initial trial had given an effectiveness of 78%. New data reveals patients affected in a "very mild" way. Western-made drugs in circulation are more than 90% successful. Provisional trials in Turkey and Indonesia have yielded different results. Doubts about Chinese standards of approval.

| 13/01/2021
| CHINA - BRAZIL

Political stability, success in the fight against the pandemic and economic dynamism underpin the influx. Talents attracted by the opportunities offered by the tech giants. The arrival of journalists also growing. Beijing’s anger: the US strengthens diplomatic ties with the Taiwanese authorities.

| 12/01/2021
| TAIWAN

Restrictions will also be introduced on the export of technology used to repress Uyghur and Kazakh Muslims. Beijing targeted for its internment system and labour camps. Tense relations between the two countries also due to the events in Hong Kong. The UK is not the first state to impose restrictions on human rights violations in China.

| 12/01/2021
| GREAT BRITAIN - CHINA

In 2020, the Taiwanese population dropped by 41,885. Number of newborns fell by 7.04 per cent. Deaths exceeded births by 7,097. In 2025 Taiwanese will be a super-old society. In East Asia, South Korea, China and Japan face the same problem.

| 11/01/2021
| TAIWAN

Go ahead to inquiry after numerous delays, the most recent last week. The team of experts will cooperate with Chinese doctors. It is not clear whether the mission will be able to visit Wuhan and meet the doctors who first raised the alarm, only to be censored by the regime. One of them, Ai Fen, reappears after months of being missing with health problems.

| 11/01/2021
| CHINA - WHO
by Wang Zhicheng

The decision was taken despite the fact that religious activities have had “zero infections”. Strict measures and continuous controls have led many priests to close their churches at Christmas. On social media, Catholics are accused of spreading the virus, a charged rejected by the Patriotic Catholic Association. The authorities put a stop to “illegal activities” by underground communities.

| 09/01/2021
| CHINA

Nothing was known about his fate since his arrest in August 2019. Convicted of “provoking trouble” and defaming the Chinese Communist Party, he was given an 18-month sentence. He will be released on 11 February. He is known for his interviews with Ai Weiwei and support for dissidents Liu Xiaobo and Xu Zhiyong. China leads the world in jailing journalists.

| 09/01/2021
| CHINA – HONG KONG

China and other hostile powers see the incident as a sign of the decline of US democracy. Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists are not the equivalent of Trump supporters. Dictatorships come out strengthened. About 70 per cent of Americans slams the Capitol attack.

| 08/01/2021
| ASIA – UNITED STATES
by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

Foreign faithful and missionaries are singled out as the source of the new Covid-19 epidemic in Hebei. In reality, the accused villages have no Christians and the Church's religious activities have been blocked since Christmas Eve. Like Nero, looking for a scapegoat. The result: churches closed down in the name of prevention.

| 08/01/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

All released on bail. Police wanted to charge them with aiming to win vote and block government activity. Executive Councillor: Organization of a primary is not a crime. Democratic Front divided: Some call for resistance; others plan to flee.

| 08/01/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

The capital of the province Shijiazhuang, with 11 million inhabitants, has been put in lockdown: kindergartens, schools, universities closed; it is forbidden to travel outside; some neighbourhoods cannot even move around the city. Catholics, their gatherings and hospitality to foreign missionaries are being blamed for hundreds of new cases of infections. Travel during the Chinese New Year is not recommended. In addition to Hebei, there are cases in Chengdu (Sichuan), Dalian (Liaoning), Hehe (Heilongjiang), Beijing.

| 08/01/2021
| CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

The Beijing government has not yet given permission for experts from the international team to arrive in China. Some scientists, already on their way, have had to return. The rare criticism of China by the WHO after a period in which it was accused of being Beijing’s "puppet". The Chinese Foreign Ministry: We want to make the visit smoother and continue cooperation.

| 07/01/2021
| CHINA - UN

The Chinese present in the US capital urged to take precautions. Four Trump supporters died in clashes with police. The support of many countries for the US authorities. China speaks of "double standards", recalling Washington’s support for a raid on the Hong Kong parliament by pro-democracy protesters.

| 07/01/2021
| CHINA - USA

He was 99 years old, but for the Chinese - who also count 9 months of gestation - he died at 100. He spent 14 years in Shaanxi forced labour camps. Secretly ordained bishop in 1987, he came out of hiding in 1992. In 1997 he met Pope John Paul II. A sweet and dedicated figure, loved by both official and underground Catholics.

| 07/01/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

The arrests were made under the national security law. The accused were charged with trying to force Hong Kong’s chief executive to resign and block government's activity. John Clancey, a former Maryknoll missionary, was also taken into custody. At present, being a pro-democracy candidate is itself a crime in the former British colony.

| 06/01/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Bishop Andrea Han Jingtao died last December 30 at the age of 99. He is considered a "giant of culture and faith" of the underground Church. Some people close to him have drawn together these biographical notes from his own words. His foundation of a male and a female congregation. His commitment to evangelization during imprisonment, police checks, expropriations, community closures.

| 05/01/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

The New York Stock Exchange had announced plans to delist three Chinese telecommunications giants. Legal considerations and Joe Biden’s imminent arrival are behind the change of direction. Trump imposed limits on investments in China's tech companies. Beijing accuses Washington of targeting its companies for political reasons.

| 05/01/2021
| UNITED STATES – CHINA

Fewer flights and more checks will reduce travel. Air traffic fell by 67 per cent in 2020 over the previous year. Almost US$ 1 trillion in revenues have been lost. A return to pre-pandemic levels is not expected before 2024. Free cancellations and vaccine tours have been proposed to boost the industry.

| 04/01/2021
| ASIA

He is charged with making "inappropriate" statements and damaging the image of the legal sector. Relatives of prisoners who arrived in Guangdong: they ask to meet their relatives and want to appeal. The inaction of the Hong Kong authorities.

| 04/01/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The new bishop was appointed on November 14 by Pope Francis. The Vatican charge d'affaires read the papal bull and handed it over to Msgr. Lee. The message of wishes from Vice-President Chen Chien-jen. Given up for adoption as a child to one family and then to another, Msgr. Lee is very busy with the world of youth and the marginalized.

| 03/01/2021
| TAIWAN - VATICAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

More and more Kazakhs flee Xinjiang and forced labour camps, and are welcomed by Nur-Sultan as refugees. The crossroads between "nationalism" and "cultural expansionism". Enthusiasm cools for the “Belt and Road Initiative”, the New Silk Road.

| 02/01/2021
| KAZAKHSTAN - CHINA

The painting portrays the 120 martyrs canonized by John Paul II in 2000. They include Saint Alberico Crescitelli, PIME missionary, killed in 1900 during the Boxer revolution. The altarpiece is the work of Gary Chu Kar-kui. Card. Zen praised the martyrs who courageously stood firm in the truth, sacrificing their lives.

| 02/01/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The Court of Final Appeal rescinded his bail. Accused of violating the security law and fraud, Lai was released on 23 December by a High Court judge. For Hong Kong’s Department of Justice, the threshold for national security violations is the same as in murder cases. Meanwhile, pressures from mainland China continue.

| 31/12/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

A great scholar, he spent 27 years in a forced labour camp, and later taught at a university. He was also appreciated by prison authorities. Upon becoming bishop in 1982, he divided his time between academic and pastoral work. After 1997 he was under constant police surveillance. He was a supporter of the Legions of Mary and founder of the Women's Congregation of Mount Calvary.

| 31/12/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN

After seven years of negotiations, the two sides are ready to strike deal that would guarantee reciprocity of treatment for European and Chinese investors. Germany’s Merkel pushed for the deal, but some EU lawmakers remain highly critical. China makes some vague commitments on forced labour; cooperation with US President Biden is at risk.

 

| 31/12/2020
| EUROPEAN UNION – CHINA

Judge Alex Lee released the pro-democracy magnate because he expressed opinions and did not make any requests to foreign governments. The ruling is an indirect blow against Beijing's meddling, and provides Lai’s lawyers with a defensive strategy. Hong Kong lawyers urge the local government to respond to pressure from Chinese state media.

| 30/12/2020
| HONG KONG

Convicted of violating Chinese territorial waters. The last two of the group, both minors, will be tried in Hong Kong. The verdict made public two days after the trial. Guangdong judges: the hearing was public. Families of prisoners and diplomats claim otherwise.

| 30/12/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The sentence will be pronounced tomorrow, two days after the trial. They are charged with having violated Chinese territorial waters while trying to flee to Taiwan. Family members were unable to attend the hearing; foreign diplomats and journalists were also prevented from entering.

| 29/12/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Thanks to its effective containment of COVID-19, Beijing is set to become the largest economy in the world by 2028. However, doubts remain about the health and economic data provided by the Chinese. Taiwan’s democracy is the real success story in the fight against the coronavirus, more than China’s or Singapore’s technocracy. The demand for participatory politics is growing in the Asia-Pacific region.

| 28/12/2020
| CHINA – UNITED STATES – TAIWAN

Churches shut down, checks, inspections and threats on the pretext of anti-Covid measures, have failed to dim celebrations of the coming of Jesus in both official and underground communities. Several faithful, given the ban on celebrating Christmas mass, were only able to pray at home.

| 28/12/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN

Guilty of creating "unrest", she recounted the pandemic emergency in Wuhan. Lawyer says his client suffered torture in prison. Many reporters targeted for talking about the health emergency. New cases of contagion registered: the authorities reintroduce restrictions for the holidays.

| 28/12/2020
| CHINA
by Paolo Chen

In the lead up to the celebrations state media have run boycott campaigns, the authorities have tightened controls and closures of places of worship. This year there is also Covid: churches must follow strict prevention measures, while shopping centers, railway stations, schools and airports are exempt. A method to inculcate towards Christians and slow down the growth of their numbers.

| 24/12/2020
| CHINA
by Silvina Premat

As a result of anti-coronavirus measures, this year the faithful will not be able to gather in the Regina Martyrum church, where Pope Francis lived for a certain period. Before the lockdown, up to 500 attended Mass on holy days. For Buenos Aires’s Chinese Catholics, confession and repentance are important. Praying together gives them the impression of being in China.

| 23/12/2020
| ARGENTINA – CHINA

The media mogul put up US$ 1.3 million bail. He is now under house arrest pending his trial, and cannot use social media, give interviews, make public statements. or meet foreign political and diplomatic officials. Hong Kong’s Department of Justice immediately appealed the bail decision. The pro-democracy tycoon faces life in prison for colluding with foreign forces. Card Joseph Zen was among those present at the bail hearing.

| 23/12/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Noted military expert James R. Holmes says the outbreak of a conflict between the US and China is more likely than ever. Economic and demographic problems could push the Chinese to attempt operations against Taiwan and in the South China Sea. Beijing aims for a short war; the US will try to prolong it, as it did with Japan in World War II.

| 22/12/2020
| USA-CHINA

Another episcopal ordination after the renewal of the Sino-Vatican Agreement. But the bishop had already been designated by the Holy See for some time. The rite was "very sober and low-key".

| 22/12/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN

The measure is contained in the draft budget for 2021. China responds: Washington is violating our sovereignty; the "reincarnation" of the Dalai Lama must take place in compliance with our laws. Ban on China opening new consulates in the US until it allows Washington to establish a diplomatic mission in Tibet.

| 22/12/2020
| USA-CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

For military analyst Collin Koh, greater naval presence in the Western Pacific increases the danger of “accidental” clashes, but the countries involved will not go so far as to fight a “hot” war. Any military confrontation would plunge China into potential “socioeconomic chaos”. The Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea remains the major flashpoints.

| 21/12/2020
| ASIA

Compliance with international norms against forced labour a prerequisite. A European Parliament resolution condemns China's work in Xinjiang, where the Muslim population is interned and forced to work in the cotton fields. The signing of the pact could damage future relations with the new US president.

| 21/12/2020
| EU-CHINA

The poet has often written in support of Hong Kong's democratic movement and has given interviews to foreign media. His wife Wang Li is accused of the same crimes, even though she had no part in her husband's work. Visits from his lawyer are prohibited under Covid-19 measures. Telephone communications monitored by the prison authorities. Pandemic crisis used to suppress freedom.

| 21/12/2020
| CHINA

Xinjiang Jin is accused of blocking at least four online seminars at the request of the Chinese government. The US company distances itself and fires its employee. Artist Ai Weiwei talks about the repression of democratic protesters in Hong Kong. Democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai moved to a maximum security prison.

| 19/12/2020
| USA-CHINA-HONG KONG

Washington is moving to counter Beijing's “expansionist” approach. The South China Sea is the hottest frontline. For US experts, the US is trying to prevent China from gaining immediate benefits while preparing to fight a long-term conflict. The Chinese are training to invade Taiwan, which is boosting its own defences. Japan is also hard at protecting itself from the Asian juggernaut.

 

| 18/12/2020
| ASIA
by Silvina Premat

The political scientist Ramiro Podetti says the region cannot be a simple supplier of raw materials to the Asian giant and points to te hneed to consider the Asia Pacific region as a whole. South America as a mediator between China and the US in a new world order. A global battle is underway in the field of technological innovation and the entertainment industry.

| 18/12/2020
| ARGENTINA - CHINA

The Mekong Dam Monitor project seeks to safeguard the integrity of the most important waterway in Southeast Asia. For the United States, Beijing poses an “existential” threat to the region as it does to the South China Sea. US expert calls on ASEAN countries to adopt a “common position”.

| 17/12/2020
| ASIA – UNITED STATES

The 12 are accused of illegally crossing the Chinese border. The two underage prisoners are still waiting for their formal indictment. The popularity of Hong Kong’s chief executive drops by 5 per cent in less than a month. Public satisfaction with the rule of law is also decreasing. People feel uncomfortable with the handling of the pandemic and the effects of the security law.

| 17/12/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Silvina Premat

Brazilians are looking at legal ways to ban the use of China’s high-speed Internet technology. According to the son of the Brazilian president, Beijing wants to carry out cyber espionage operations. For an Argentinian expert, with or without Chinese 5G, our web data is bought and sold for purposes we don't know.

| 17/12/2020
| BRAZIL – CHINA

The spacecraft made landfall in Inner Mongolia.  2-4 kg of rocks and lunar debris dating back to about 1.2-1.3 billion years ago collected. The find will add new information on the origin of the Earth's satellite and the solar system. Xi Jinping: There will be more space explorations.

| 17/12/2020
| CHINA
by Willy Lam

The Chinese leader wants a "healthy and stable" dialogue with the new president of the United States, but he is also getting China militarily ready for actual war. The duties and sanctions imposed by Trump will remain. The US strategy of "encirclement" faces China’s “counter-containment”. Technological decoupling is a risk while Taiwan and Hong Kong remain thorny issues.

| 16/12/2020
| CHINA – UNITED STATES

117 out of 387 worldwide according to Reporters Without Borders. Top five positions occupied by Asian countries and the Middle East. Rise in arrests after the outbreak of the pandemic. Most of the imprisoned Chinese reporters are of Uyghur origin. Independent Chinese and foreign reporters and those active in Hong Kong are targeted.

| 15/12/2020
| ASIA
by Paul Wang

The Good Neighbour North District Church is accused of money laundering and fraud. Its members are known for supporting the pro-democracy movement and youth protests against police violence. for Pastor Wu Chi Wai, this is a message to all Christian communities.

| 14/12/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA

She is accused of threatening national security. The EU calls for the release of all reporters imprisoned in China. Chinese authorities: it is a domestic matter. Press targeted by Chinese and Hong Kong authorities.

| 14/12/2020
| CHINA

Her lawyer made the allegation, demanding her immediate release. After she went on a hunger strike to protest her incarceration, she was force-fed through a tube. She refuses to break her fast and finds comfort in prayer. She ended up in the crosshairs of the authorities after writing about the outbreak in Wuhan, the pandemic’s ground zero.

| 12/12/2020
| CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Reinhard Bütikofer wants Chen Quanguo, architect of the internment camps for Uyghurs, punished under the new EU mechanism for the protection of human rights. Discussions will start shortly on a list of offenders. For several observers, the European bloc must move from words to deeds.

| 11/12/2020
| EUROPEAN UNION – CHINA

It is one of the crimes under the national security law wanted by Beijing. Accused of giving interviews to foreign newspapers and calling for sanctions against city authorities. The democracy supporter and tycoon is already in jail on a fraud charge.

| 11/12/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Teachers must sign a pledge, even if it violates the Chinese constitution. The atheism campaign in Zhejiang schools has been going on for years.

| 10/12/2020
| CHINA

A group of Protestant Christians assists "heroic mothers" who bring their children into the world while under pressure to have an abortion. With help, more than 83% of women who aborted in China would have brought tehir children to term. 12 lessons to form "supporters" for human life.

| 10/12/2020
| CHINA
by Melani Manel Perera

Sri Lanka’s first state-owned wind farm is inaugurated. It is expected to generate 100 megawatts and save 20 billion litres of diesel in 20 years. A Chinese company will build a car tire factory near a port operated by a Chinese company. The country's dependence on Beijing is growing.

| 09/12/2020
| SRI LANKA

This is the first time that a Chinese metropolis is among the top 10 in the Global Power City Index. Shanghai has benefitted from new ways of working during the pandemic. The Chinese capital is the most competitive metropolis thanks to online academic exchanges; based on pre-COVID measurement, it would be only 21st.

| 09/12/2020
| CHINA
by Mario Marazzi

The PIME missionary is among the priests, men and women religious in the diocese of Hong Kong celebrating their jubilee of 70, 60, 50, 25 years of consecration. This year, due to the pandemic, the celebration took place online.

| 09/12/2020
| HONG KONG

The Democracy activist was sentenced to 10 months in prison for her role in last year's anti-government demonstrations. Eight Democrats were arrested yesterday for participating in a march on July 1st. They are added to the eight arrested for protests at the Chinese university.

| 09/12/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The foreign ministries of the two countries have announced accord on the height of the Himalayan giant: 8848.86 meters. In the past, China and Nepal differed by a few meters. For Xi Jinping the joint measure is "an eternal symbol of friendship between Nepal and China".

| 08/12/2020
| NEPAL - CHINA

Military sales reached US$ 361 billion in 2019. Four Chinese companies are in the top 25, three in the top 10. The US accounts for 61 per cent of the market; China for 16 per cent. The modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army is driving China’s military industry. Russian production is decreasing whilst those from the Middle East is increasing.

| 07/12/2020
| ASIA

Those arrested, including two district councillors, shouted slogans and displayed independence banners. Acts in support of secession are punished by Beijing's security law. The bank accounts of Ted Hui, a former Democrat MP who is seeking refuge in Great Britain, are frozen.

| 07/12/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Xu Jinchuan

The screenwriter and novelist Xu Jinchuan recalls academics, publishers, activists, lawyers who have disappeared in the hands of the Chinese regime: the fruits of an ideological "cold winter". But the profession of a thinker is to seek the truth and reveal it, whatever the consequences. An essay published in "China Heritage", by the sinologist Geremie R. Barmé.

| 04/12/2020
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

Since November 30, the former democratic parliamentarian has been in Denmark to attend a climate conference. Ted Hui’s self-imposed exile will lead to a fewer possibilities of bail for democracy activists held on charges related to the security law.

| 04/12/2020
| HONG KONG-CHINA

The head of US intelligence chief slams the Chinese regime as a danger to global democracy and the free world. Chinese accused of stealing industrial secrets from US companies. About 1,000 Chinese scientists fled the United States after an investigation into China’s intelligence activities was launched. Beijing: Washington distorting the facts.

| 04/12/2020
| USA-CHINA
by Sergio Ticozzi

Founded in 1980 by the then bishop of Hong Kong, Msgr. Giovanni Battista Wu Cheng-Chung, the Centre has nurtured relations with China, collected information, carried out studies, given subsidies and fostered friendship with the Church and Chinese society. The future prospects of a more academic focus.

| 03/12/2020
| HONG KONG-CHINA

A confirmation of expectations.  So far, the Chinese have imported only 56% of the products they committed to purchasing under "phase one" of the trade agreement.  The elected president will oppose China's "abusive practices".  Trade decision only after consultation with allies.  Pressures from Congress.

 

 

| 03/12/2020
| USA-CHINA
by Paul Wang

 

The Apple Daily entrepreneur and publisher will remain in jail until April 16.  He is accused of fraud and faces 14 years in prison.  But the prosecutor is investigating possible violations of the security law, for which he faces life imprisonment.  The judge who denied him bail, Victor So, is one of the judges chosen by the chief executive to oversee trials related to the security law.

 

| 03/12/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

New negotiations are set for next week, but major disagreements remain. For German Ambassador, without open markets to European companies, the deal will not be signed. The EU also wants progress on human rights and pandemic. Biden is another factor.

| 02/12/2020
| CHINA – EUROPEAN UNION

The robot that separated from the spacecraft has begun to collect lunar material: it will be used to study the origin and history of the solar system. Powered by solar panels, the exploration module will collect about 2kg of rocks and debris. The return scheduled for mid-December. Another success for China's space program.

| 02/12/2020
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

The three Democrat leaders were sentenced to prison: 13.5 months for Wong; 10 months for Chow; 7 months for Lam. At 7 am this morning, a raid by 20 policemen led to the arrest of university student Keith Fong Chung-yin. His crime is possession of laser lights and obstruction of justice. The Baptist University Student Association: "Since the passing of the security law, the communist authorities in Hong Kong have been carrying out large-scale retaliation and disseminating terror in the city."

| 02/12/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The seven set up stands marked “SAVE 12” and collected letters to send to the prisoners. A sign was also displayed on Amah Rock. The trial of the fugitives is expected to start in a week or two.

| 01/12/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

In addition to masks, social distancing and hand washing, there is the risk of an "afternoon" Christmas Mass, or indeed none altogether: The European Union is suggesting the elimination of all liturgical celebrations, replacing them with online events! We argue about the time of Mass, while we are getting used to the fact that the state is a "healthcare" state that manages (instead of serving) our wellbeing. Christmas is the Life that enters darkness and the shadow of death: The Child Jesus of the oriental icons is wrapped as in a shroud, similar to that of Christ in the tomb.

| 01/12/2020
| EDITORIAL

The revelation comes from a US expert who cites Japanese intelligence sources. Senior leaders of the regime and family members of the dictator Aaso vaccinated. The medicine was made available to the Chinese government in the past three weeks. Doubts in the scientific community on the efficacy of the Beijing vaccine.

| 01/12/2020
| NORTH KOREA
by Wang Zhicheng

The media celebrate the "homecoming after 160 years". The work was stolen in 1860, after the destruction of the Yuanmingyuan by the Anglo-French troops. For the Chinese Communist Party, the theft of sculptures is a symbol of the "century of humiliation". The bronze horse head was donated to China by tycoon Stanley Ho. Two Jesuits, Castiglione and Benoist, were among the architects and decorators of the Yuanmingyuan.

| 01/12/2020
| CHINA

Japan's NEC will build the UK’s ultra-fast Internet after London bans Chinese technology. India picks Rakuten, another Japanese hi-tech giant. They join Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson. The US boycott campaign against Huawei is working.

| 30/11/2020
| JAPAN – CHINA
by Zhang Sanfeng(张三丰)

A university student unleashed an ideological attack against a dorm attendant for showing some gratitude to students at the Harbin Institute of Technology by offering chocolates for “Thanksgiving”. The student accused her of bringing "religious activities" and a “foreign celebration" to the university. Yet in China people celebrate 1st January, Women's Day, May Day, etc. Here are some thoughts.

 

| 28/11/2020
| CHINA

Bilateral trade dropped by 73 per cent in the first nine months of 2020, and drop further to 80 per cent by the end of the year. In 2018, restrictions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear programme led to a 57.4 per cent reduction in trade. The recent collapse is due to tighter North Korean border controls. Meanwhile Kim Jong-un ordered a lockdown in the capital, South Korean sources say.

| 28/11/2020
| NORTH KOREA

China slapped tariffs of up to 212 per cent on Australian wine. Relations with Australia began to deteriorate after Canberra asked for an international investigation into the origins of COVID-19. Canberra condemns China's “pressure and coercion”. Biden and the European Union are calling for an alliance between democracies against regimes like China’s.

| 27/11/2020
| AUSTRALIA – CHINA

The country’s last 832 counties designated as "poor" have been lifted out of this condition. Apparently, the goals set by Xi Jinping have been achieved. However, for critics, the threshold used by the authorities is too low. The gap between cities and countryside is growing; two million more internal migrants are poor. Consumption is falling due to the pandemic. Prime Minister Li Keqiang also expressed doubts.

| 27/11/2020
| CHINA
by Emanuele Scimia

Tensions between the two countries will remain, but managed by prioritizing diplomacy. Competition in trade, technology and security; collaboration on climate, Covid-19 and nuclear proliferation. The Taiwan problem. Critical observers: Biden will re-propose Obama's "warmongering" policies.

| 26/11/2020
| USA-CHINA
by Paul Wang

In her annual government policy address, the head of the executive exalts the security law and imposes an oath for parliamentarians, judges, members of government offices, teachers. Push towards the integration of the Hong Kong economy into that of the "Great Bay". No politics in schools. No democratic reform on the horizon.

| 26/11/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

He was among the few world leaders not to have done so yet. So far the US president-elect had only been vaguely congratulated by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Analysts: Xi moved after Trump authorized the start of the transition and announced fresh sanctions on Beijing companies.

| 26/11/2020
| CHINA-UNITED STATES
by Wang Zhicheng

The new regulations require total separation between foreign and Chinese religious groups. They demand total submission to China's laws, regulations, and policies. Membership (names, visa, residence), materials (books, brochures, audio-visual), and meeting places must be closely monitored. No external religious symbols are allowed.

| 25/11/2020
| CHINA

The prime minister pushes for further growth centred on domestic consumption. Local government “official” debt is close to US$ 4 trillion, plus US$ 1.8 trillion in hidden debt. The "Li Keqiang Index" is used to measure economic performance.

| 25/11/2020
| CHINA

In his new book, out on 1 December, the pontiff mentions the suffering of Xinjiang’s Muslim minority. For China, the Pope’s remarks have "no factual basis at all". The internment camps are a tragedy. For analysts, the Pope is cautious on the subject so as not to wreck the agreement on episcopal appointments.

| 24/11/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN

More than 30 people have been arrested under the law. The delivery man, who is the third person formally charged, is currently in custody. As police dragged him away, he shouted: “Spread the news, democracy is cultivated with blood and sweat.” Another indicted man, Tony Chung, was allegedly beaten in detention.

| 24/11/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

China will be the third country, after the United States and Russia, to obtain lunar material which is needed to study the origin and history of the solar system. Chang'e 5 is expected to take samples from the volcanic area of ​​Mons Rümker (in the Oceanus Procellarum).

| 24/11/2020
| CHINA

The choice of Antony Blinken as Secretary of State is read in this direction. The Chinese are hoping for a change of approach after the Trump era, marked by unpredictability. The US Congress wants to maintain a hard line towards the Asian giant. The incumbent president initiates the transition process.

| 24/11/2020
| USA-CHINA

Growth should reach an estimated of 1.8 per cent by the end of 2020. This positive figure was achieved thanks to rising exports in the first nine months of the year (+ 4.2 per cent). Taiwan’s democratic model is an alternative to China's authoritarian system. South Korea and Japan are in trouble.

 

| 23/11/2020
| TAIWAN
by Wang Zhicheng

Officially he would be the first bishop ordained according to the provisional agreement between China and the Vatican. The new bishop is considered very obedient to the government's religious policy. He is a member of the Standing Committee of the National Patriotic Association.

| 23/11/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN

Barcodes have been used in China since the outbreak of the pandemic: the green color allows you to move around the country. Humanitarian Organizations: Dangers to Privacy. The Chinese president wants a "shared cyber community" globally, but the US is pushing to boycott Beijing's internet technology.

| 23/11/2020
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

The three, former leaders of "Occupy Central", admit that they organized and incited a demonstration against the police on June 21, 2019, in the midst of opposition to the extradition law, which was then withdrawn by the government. Wong: "Generations of youth go from protests to prisons to safeguard liberty for the place that we were born." Chow: " I will try to handle this bravely." For Lam, the siege of the police district was "a necessary behaviour to fight for democracy".

| 23/11/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The journalist's secretary was also arrested. "Giggs" (Wan Yiu-sing) has a program in which he often discusses pro-democracy demonstrations and he had opened a fundraiser to help Hong Kong youth who went to Taiwan to study. Police suspect these young people are involved in secession activities.

| 21/11/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The new ships will replace four subs, some dating back to World War Two, to face the mainland’s fleet of 76. Washington is supplying missiles and attack drones, but not submarines so far. "Outside" forces are thought to be helping Taiwan build its submarines.

| 20/11/2020
| TAIWAN
by Wang Zhicheng

Coils fitted in the uterus during botched operations have led to poor health, bleeding, incontinence, fatigue, and chronic pain that lasted decades. Complaints by women are almost always rejected.

 

| 20/11/2020
| CHINA

The CPPTP takes over from the Trans-Pacific Partnership signed by the former US president and rejected by Donald Trump. China might join the pact, but any US and Taiwanese participation will likely hinder it.

| 20/11/2020
| JAPAN - ASIA

Sinopharm's president says there has not been a single case of infection after inoculating officials, students and workers headed abroad. Experts have warned that taking shortcuts on internationally accepted testing standards and regulations could fuel wider public distrust of vaccines.

| 20/11/2020
| CHINA

Deng Yuwen sees it as a warning to critics of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who, like him, are sheltered in the United States. He was deputy editor of an official regime newspaper: he had criticized Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao for failing to implement political reforms. Like Cai Xia, a former Professor in the Party School, he called on the US to support liberals in China.

| 20/11/2020
| CHINA

This is one of the demands of the pro-democracy movement. Judge Chow refutes Hong Kong’s chief executive, noting that the current system violates the 1991 Bill of Rights. Many fear for the independence of the local judiciary. For Jimmy Lai, faith will help the struggle for freedom in the former British colony.

| 19/11/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Mathias Hariyadi

A few days ago, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said vaccines by China’s Sinovac would arrive in Indonesia by this November. He later stated that after arriving in Indonesia, they will have to be inspected by Indonesia’s state-owned Bio Pharma.

 

| 18/11/2020
| INDONESIA

Sinovac Biotech is conducting phase three trials in Indonesia, Brazil and Turkey. Unlike Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines, its vaccine can be stored at a temperature between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius in any refrigerator at home and is stable for up to three years. A government campaign is trying to overcome the effect of past vaccine scandals.

 

| 18/11/2020
| CHINA

The survey was conducted by a Japanese NGO and a Chinese Communist Party entity. The Japanese are worried by China’s position in the East China Sea. The Chinese have a better opinion of Japan, whilst 84 per cent see the US as a military threat.

| 18/11/2020
| JAPAN – CHINA

Ted Hui, Ray Chan and Chu Hoi-dick sprayed a foul-smelling liquid and threw a rotting plant into the hall. They were protesting against the adoption of a law punishing the outrage against the Chinese national anthem. Democratic Front: It is a terror tactic to suppress dissent. Yesterday arrested an anti-establishment district councillor.

| 18/11/2020
| HONG KONG-CHINA

In May he participated in a protest against the new security law, which was then approved on June 30. He is charged with causing unrest in a public place. After the pro-democracy parliamentarians in the Legco, even the anti-establishment district representatives are at risk of an ouster.

| 17/11/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

After six years, the two countries ink a deal to streamline procedures for their respective military’s deployment in each other's territory.  The Japanese have such a pact only with the US. Australia and Japan’s membership in the Chinese-dominated Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership does not undermine their alliance with the United States.

| 17/11/2020
| JAPAN – AUSTRALIA

The prosecutor recommends prison. She is detained in a Shanghai jail for "disturbing social stability and creating problems of public order". She denounced the government's mismanagement of the pandemic and the ill-treatment suffered by other independent journalists. Friends fear that her Christian faith will lead her to martyrdom.

| 17/11/2020
| CHINA
by Silvina Premat

The shipment was unloaded at the port of Shanghai, but the finding was made at a storage facility in Nanjing. Argentine authorities have doubts, noting that their meat meets required standards. According to analysts, this could be part of a strategy by Beijing to get lower prices.

| 16/11/2020
| ARGENTINA – CHINA

In addition to Beijing, the 10 ASEAN nations, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand will take part. It covers 30% of the global  GDP and population. The signatory countries, hit hard by the pandemic, hope that the pact will help them emerge from the crisis. India refuses to join. The trade agreement will strengthen Beijing's geopolitical weight. The problem of social dumping.

| 16/11/2020
| ASIA

Beijing wants to impose Mandarin in schools of the autonomous region in lieu of the local Mongolian langua