The Japanese Minister of Education will also be present. The initiative involves a thousand students. Tokyo wants to confirm a summit with Xi in October. China and Japan mark 40 years since the signing of their peace and friendship treaty. Both want to counter US protectionism as the trade war escalates.
The work of "sinicisation" of religions continues with the aim of eliminating foreign influences. Ethnic Muslim Hui fear repression like in Xinjiang. “They want to secularise Muslims, to cut off Islam at the roots,” said an imam. “These days, children are not allowed to believe in religion: only in communism and the party.”
The two powers vetoed new US-led sanctions against North Korea. A member of China’s Communist Party Politburo will visit to Moscow for strategic bilateral talks. The trade war between China and the US could boost Sino-Russian ties.
The first study of schoolchildren by the Chinese Ministry of Education draws an awful picture of fourth- and eighth- graders. Good at math and science, they have little analytical and creative skills.
Taiwan blocks imports of the active ingredient Valsartan made in China. Carcinogenic contamination is 200 times higher than allowed. Lab testing continues in Europe and the United States. Changsheng Biotech mixed anti-rabies vaccines with expired products.
The new customs taxes, of 25%, are added to those launched in July. They are in response "to the unfair business practices of China, such as the forced transfer of technologies and intellectual property rights". New taxes are expected for 200 billion Chinese products.
The Patriarch of Moscow will travel to Constantinople on the 31st of August. The theme of autocephaly (independence) of the Orthodox Church of Kiev is on the agenda. The request came only from the Ukrainian president, but is also supported by Orthodox in Ukraine and by the Greek-Catholics. Predictions of victory for Bartholomew I, who has a "primacy of honor" among the Orthodox.
Cross and inscription "Catholic Church" removed from church facade. The ban on holding summer youth camps for catechism. Meanwhile, the vaccine scandal breaks out, a sign of a lack of moral values in Chinese society. Vaccinating young people in the spirit, helping them discover their faith, would help Chinese society. The considerations of a priest blogger.
The disappearance of a child who was sold has "nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity". The nuns are victims of "many myths [. . .] information distorted and false news” as well as “baseless innuendo". Sr Prema gives her version of events and defends her congregation. Only two weeks before, the authorities described the children’s home involved as an “excellent environment for the care of children”. Now they have been taken by social services.