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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

A Christian's mission, Francis said at the Angelus, is "ignite little lights in people's hearts;  be little lamps of the Gospel that bring a little love and hope ".  In Lent a "fast" from gossip.  A prayer for children suffering from rare diseases.

| 28/02/2021
| VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

 Commentary on the Gospel of the 2nd Sunday of Lent B (Mark 9, 2-10).

| 28/02/2021
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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

The award goes to Venerable Shih Chao-hwei in recognition of her work in building peace through safeguarding all forms of life, promoting gender ethics and gender equality, and her approach to open-minded dialogue with different religious leaders and social groups.

| 26/02/2021
| JAPAN - TAIWAN

The theme from Ps 103: 3: "He forgives all your sins". A guide "to offer some suggestions to allow parishes and Christian communities to prepare themselves to live the initiative 24 hours for the Lord.”

| 26/02/2021
| VATICAN

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
by Silvina Premat

Hwang Doo-Jin was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempted murder of his partner. Local bishops urge people to avoid prejudice and abuse. The conviction has been appealed. There are fears of discrimination because the accused belongs to a small immigrant community.

 

| 24/02/2021
| ARGENTINA – SOUTH KOREA

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

New IT unit created to steal the secrets of western pharmaceutical companies. Alarm already launched by the Southern Parliament. Seoul Intelligence: cyber-attacks from the North increased by 32%. Kim Jong-un interested only in US and European drugs.

| 24/02/2021
| NORTH KOREA
Editor's choices
 
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Mya Thwate Thwate Kaing died yesterday after being wounded by police in Naypyidaw. The United Kingdom imposes sanctions on three generals; Canada on nine officials. The United States, India, Japan and Australia are demanding a quick return to democracy. ...
| 20/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
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" ...
| 19/02/2021
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
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 ...
| 11/02/2021
| CZECH REPUBLIC-CHINA-TAIWAN
 
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Buddhist monks in Pegu and Pakokku pray and march to protect the people from darkness. In Kengtung, Christians in procession with the statue of Our Lady. In Mandalay, the bishop's evening of prayer with priests and sisters. The religious of Saint ...
| 11/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
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 ...
| 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 ...
| 10/02/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
In an audience with the Focolare Movement (Work of Mary), Pope Francis stressed three points: the post-Foundress era, the importance of crises, and living spirituality with coherence and realism. He greeted the movement’s new president, Margaret ...
| 06/02/2021
| 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 ...
| 06/02/2021
| TAIWAN
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