05/22/2015CHINA Beijing returns to Soviet planning to save the Party by Willy Lam The Chinese economic strategy emphasizes the role of state-controlled companies. President Xi: "The Chinese Communist Party should control the economy if it wants to rule the country forever." Big profits for private companies close to the Party elite. The initiative strengthens control over interior regions and contains the centrifugal forces. Beijing can absorb the nation’s excess production. The theory of the "three non-changes". The marginalization of the Premier Li Keqiang who wanted to liberalize the market. Beijing (AsiaNews) - Much of the world’s interest in China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) strategy—a reference to the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR)—is focused on the...
05/22/2015TAIWAN Taipei, staging the Gospel "so as not to miss out on a single word" by Xin Yage A group of young people of the Sacred Heart parish in the capital is staging passages from the Gospel texts, to reach as many people as possible and bring them closer to Jesus. Born as a localized project, the activity has taken hold of all the local Church.
05/22/2015SYRIA - IRAQ Islamic State takes entire border between Syria and Iraq The terrorists now control of the last frontier zone under the control of the Syrian government. 95 thousand square meters of land, about 50% of the total, now in the hands of jihadists. Military successes also in neighboring Iraq. Washington says challenge of Caliphate "is increasingly difficult to deal with."
05/21/2015BANGLADESH Islamic extremists claim the right to kill ten intellectuals and bloggers by Sumon Corraya Fundamentalist group ‘Al Qaeda Ansarullah Bangla’ has released a list of future victims, and sent a copy to each of them. Security has become an emergency in the country where three critics of Islam have already been hacked to death. “I don’t’ feel safe,” says Catholic blogger.
05/21/2015INDIA For Mumbai vicar, Aruna teaches us the value of every life by Nirmala Carvalho For Mgr Agnelo Gracias, the woman who spent 42 years of his life in a coma is not the face of euthanasia. Hospital nurses who cared for her are the "real heroines". The wife of a great-grandnephew said the family was against ending life support.
05/21/2015INDONESIA Jakarta cracks down on illegal fishing by sinking 41 foreign vessels Ships from China, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines are now at the bottom of the sea. With Indonesian President Widodo taking a hard-line position, tensions in the South China Sea could worsen. Now, a deal on disputed maritime borders seems unlikely.
05/21/2015INDIA Maharashtra: beef ban "subjugates Christians, Muslims and Dalits" This was stated by an AsiaNews source , anonymous for security reasons. State farmers, tanners and other workers demanding the repeal of the law banning the sale and consumption of beef. The ban has affected about 10.5 million people who depend on this trade.
05/21/2015NEPAL Nepal, 20 prisoners died in collapsed prisons during the earthquake by Christopher Sharma Various NGOs denounce " the presence of people locked up in structures that are damaged and at risk of collapse”. 55% of prisons collapsed and cannot be reused. The government will not provide official data on the number of prisoners who died during the earthquake on 25 April. The families are demanding that safety is ensured and survivors transferred elsewhere.
05/21/2015CHINA – VATICAN For Xi Jinping, religions must be "Chinese" and without "foreign influences" by Wang Zhicheng At a meeting of the United Front, the Chinese president reiterated the leadership role of the Communist Party in religious matters, warning against foreign forces. His targets include Xinjiang Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and the Vatican. For a Chinese Catholic, doing so would distort the Catholic religion.
05/21/2015MALAYSIA – INDONESIA – ASIA As Malaysia rescues migrants, Indonesian activist slams ASEAN for failing them Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that his country would rescue the desperate refugees drifting at sea. This represents a reversal over what Malaysia did so far. Indonesian and Malaysian officials meet with Myanmar authorities to find a regional solution. Migrant Care expert told AsiaNews that ASEAN has not been able to respond to the drama because it is only interested in the rich.
05/21/2015SYRIA Syria: Islamic State takes Palmyra, Unesco heritage site at risk The militiamen control the "totality" of the ancient city as government soldiers flee. Half of Syrian territory is in the hands of the jihadist group. Mass evacuation of citizens, in some places there are still "violent clashes". Archaeologists and activists call for the intervention of the US-led coalition. Now the IS points to the gas fields of Deir al-Zour.
05/21/2015TIBET - CHINA Tibet, a father of four sets himself on fire in protest against Chinese rule Self-immolations climb to 140 since 2009, when this extreme form of protest against Beijing first began. Tenzin Gyatso, 35, was taken away by police in critical condition: it is unclear whether he's dead or alive. The central government launches raids and searches in the Tibet ahead of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday.