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First recourse to the draconian law in three years. Sentences of up to 15 years’ prison for those who insult the king. The young democrats want the resignation of the "coup leader" Prayuth, a democratic constitution and limits on the powers of the monarch. Another major protest is scheduled for today.

| 25/11/2020
| THAILAND

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

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 Melani Manel Perera

Activist groups issued a warning on World Fisheries Day. About 175,000 people are involved in small-scale fishing in Sri Lanka. Rumours that coronavirus is spread via fish should stop. Advocates call on the authorities to enforce FAO and ILO conventions.

| 23/11/2020
| SRI LANKA

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 Godfrey Malu

Due to the pandemic, with no means to store and transport the fish, the Catholic community of Uttan struggles to survive. State intervention requested. Young people risk abandoning the traditional activity of their parents. However, local fishermen have a great faith in God, which is strengthened in every situation.

| 21/11/2020
| INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Attacked by a crowd and handed over to the provincial police authorities. The province is governed by Islamic law, which prohibits homosexual relations. If convicted, the two men will be flogged in public.

| 21/11/2020
| INDONESIA

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

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

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

The pro-democracy movement wants his resignation, constitutional reforms and limits put on the king's power. The prime minister's threats are a response to repeated clashes between protesters and police. For Thai expert, pro-democracy demands are a breakthrough for the country and all of Southeast Asia.

 

| 19/11/2020
| THAILAND
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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 ...
| 26/11/2020
| USA-CHINA
 
A pastoral letter from the bishops. We ask "our two canonized ‘foreign’ missionary saints, Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, to intercede for us so that our loving God will always abundantly bless our Church in the Philippines and all her ...
| 26/11/2020
| PHILIPPINES
 
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 ...
| 25/11/2020
| CHINA
 
by Fady Noun
The Middle East Council of Churches issued a statement in defence of the Christian population of Artsakh, who must be protected from possible abuse and reprisals, whilst ensuring their freedom of worship. The agreement reached does not guarantee a true ...
| 25/11/2020
| LEBANON – ARMENIA – AZERBAIJAN
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The armed attack unleashed last night at 2 am and continued until morning. The Christians who had gathered since yesterday slept in a common tent and were attacked. The village is isolated and no one is allowed to enter. The police deny all violence. ...
| 25/11/2020
| INDIA
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
Bishop Machado: Violence against women and girls has become a chronic disease and a spiritual failure. Two days ago, two other 8 and 12-year-old girls were found dead with rape marks and eye injuries.
| 18/11/2020
| INDIA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
Lukashenko stated this in an interview on the Tut.by website yesterday. Protests against fraud in presidential elections exceede 100 consecutive days. Police continue arrests even in private homes. New economic sanctions are on the way against Belarusian ...
| 18/11/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The new cardinal of Brunei describes his Church and the mission that characterizes it based on education, friendship, the dialogue of life with people of other faiths. "We must not forget that the people here in Asia are hungry for God."
| 17/11/2020
| BRUNEI-VATICAN
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