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Vietnam: Vietnamese pray for social peace and the Church in China during Marina month

The country's 26 dioceses organise events that include songs, poetry readings, traditional dancing and floral offerings to Mary. Former students at Don Bosco schools organise small groups to pray and read the Bible.

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China: Vatican: World Day of Prayer for the Church in China: Mission and baptisms in the city of Prato

Fr. Francis Wang, chaplain of the Chinese community in Prato, speaks to AsiaNews about value of mission and promoting integration in a foreign land. The day of prayer for the Church in China was attended by over 400 faithful from 300 Italian cities. During Mass Mgr. Savio Hon baptised five adults. ...

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Kyrgyz Seize Tons Of Smuggled Russian Jade En Route To China

Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security says that a large amount of highly valuable nephrite jade has been impounded in the northern province of Chui.

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China: Italy: Vatican: At least 400 Chinese Catholics in Prato for the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

Convoked by Pope Benedict XVI, an event of solidarity with the suffering of Christians in China and unity with the pope. In Prato it will also emphasize the mission of Chinese immigrants in the city with activities and a procession in "Chinatown."

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Clinton Calls On China To Join 'United Front' On Iran Sanctions

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on China to support a U.S. call for countries to cut back on imports of Iranian oil to increase pressure on the Islamic republic over its nuclear program.

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China: United States: Exile for Chen Guangcheng would get US and China out of the fix

The United States does not want to put their economic interests at risk, whilst China does not want to lose face. However, Chen and his family need protection. The activist does not want to go into exile.

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Hong Kong: China: Remembering Fr Giuseppe Burghignoli, mission hero in Hong Kong and China

Arriving in Hong Kong in 1860, the PIME missionary brought with him six Canossian sisters who opened the first school for girls, often from the streets. The Bologna-born priest was deeply involved in the mission to mainland China. Ceremonies marking 120 years since his death were held in Hong Kong.

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Putin Praises 'Unprecedented' Russian Ties With China

Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin says relations between his country and China have reached "an unprecedented level" with "not a single irritating element."

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Vatican: China: The Church in China needs formed laity and "good bishops"

The communiqué following the meeting of the Vatican Commission. "Admiration" for bishops and priests detained or limited. The claim of "bodies" to "place themselves above the bishops. Illegitimate episcopal ordinations and legitimate bishops participation in them.

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Vatican: China: The new Maoism that suffocates the Church and China

Today’s Episcopal ordination in Changsha shows that Maoism and control over religion is stronger than ever, even though Bo Xilai was dismissed. Beijing’s Caesar-popery wants to decide candidates for the episcopate, the ordaining bishops, ceremonies, giving the official stamp to whomever it wants. ...

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Vatican: China: Formation of the laity focus of next meeting of the Vatican commission on the Church in China

The meeting is scheduled April 23 to 25. The situation of the Catholic laity will also be examined in the framework of Year of faith.

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UN industrial development agency and China agree to enhance cooperation

The United Nations agency tasked with promoting industrial development and China today signed an agreement to expand cooperation in the field of multilateral environmental conventions and other areas of mutual interest.

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India: New Delhi ready to launch a nuclear missile that can reach China

The Agni-V will have a range of over 5 thousand miles and can reach all of Asia and some parts of Europe. If the launch proves successful, India will become the seventh country with intercontinental ballistic missiles in its arsenal, along with the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France and ...

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Vatican: China: Fr Lazzarotto and the future of the Church in China

A new book by the PIME missionary looks at the dangers of schism in the Church in China today, as well as the many difficulties of the recent past like Beijing's unlawful ordinations. The book also looks at the evangelising strength of Chinese communities in China.

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China: United States: US debt in Chinese hands up, foreign direct investment to China down

China's holdings in US sovereign debt reach US$ 1178.9 billion. After dropping in 2011, they are up again this year. Foreign direct investment in China falls by 6.1 per cent because of a stronger yuan and competition from other countries like Vietnam and Indonesia.

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Financial Crisis No Impact On Military Spending In Russia And China

Russia and China were among the few nations to increase military spending last year amid the global financial crisis.

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Taiwan: China: Taiwan ready to double tourism from China

In 2011 over 1.78 million mainland Chinese visited the island: Taipei wants to further reduce the limitations imposed on tourism from China to reach a thousand visitors a day. But the Taiwanese vice president avoids talking about the "one country, two areas" system.

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Mystery human fossils put spotlight on China

Youngest of their kind ever found in mainland East Asia

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China: Central Bank of China: more loans from banks, but the Yuan remains low

Governor Zhou Xiaochuan pledges to reduce the ratio of required reserves for banks. No promise on appreciation of the Yuan. Delayed change of model development of the country, too tied to exports and low currency value.

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Korea: China: Seoul, Parliament urges China to stop the forced repatriation of North Koreans

A resolution approved by 154 votes to stop the Chinese policy on political refugees who flee the Pyongyang regime. An MP on hunger strike in front of the Beijing embassy: "Or they change their policy or I die. I'm not going to stop. "

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China: World Bank tells China to implement reforms to save its slowing down GDP growth

A report by the World Bank makes the case in Beijing today. Without economic and social changes, the country could enter 20 years of decline. World Bank chairman Zoellick calls for a bigger social safety net, fewer state companies and more market openness. "The country's current economic- growth ...

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China: Korea: Fear for the life of nine North Korean refugees repatriated by China

For China, North Koreans leaving their country are "economic migrants", not political refugees. Seoul protests the decision. Concern is now mounting over another group of 30 North Koreans currently detained in a prison in northern China.

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Korea: China: Seoul marches to save the 33 North Koreans who fled to China

A demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in South Korea calls on Beijing not to repatriate a group of North Korean refugees who face death if they return home. For the first time, even actors choose to manifest.

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China: "Glue" shrimps latest food scandal in China

The discovery in the fish market in Tianjin after the complaint of consumers. Shrimp were injected with the liquid to increase weight and texture "up to 30%." There is no official confirmation on the toxicity, but it has its dangers. A new alert after melamine-tainted milk, carcinogenic cheese, and ...

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Vatican: China: Hong Kong: Bishop John Tong, a new cardinal for Hong Kong and China

The bishop of Hong Kong underlines the importance of the Church of Hong Kong in helping the Church in China. "Working together with Card. Zen (Hong Kong) and Card. Shan (Taiwan). The importance of the Vatican Commission in implementing the guidelines of the Pope's Letter to Chinese Catholics ...

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Myanmar: Eu: China: Suu Kyi tells EU and China should remember rights, more important than sanctions and business

The European Union relaxes visa ban on high-ranking Burmese officials, including President Thein Sein. The country's opposition leader, who is running for parliament in a by-election, tells Europe to keep a watchful eye on April's vote before removing sanctions. She also appeals to Beijing not to ...

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India: India accelerating arms build up against China

New Delhi is spending tens of billions of dollars to lease a nuclear sub from Russia, buy 126 fighter planes from France and build its first aircraft carrier. As the world’s top arms importer, India wants to contain China along their shared border and in the Indian Ocean. However, Indian External ...

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China: Vatican: What is the true good of the Church in China

On the eve of an important meeting in Rome on "Jesus our contemporary," Card. Zen asks all Catholics to help the Church in China (and especially its legitimate bishops) to emerge from ambiguity, to follow Benedict XVI and "rid" themselves of those organisms that are enemies of the faith (see PA, ...

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Un: Syria: UN deadlock over Syria. Russia and China block Arab League plan

The United Nations Security Council discussed the Syrian crisis for a whole day without reaching a conclusion. India is also opposed to external pressures and demands that a political process led by Syrians, respecting the sovereignty of the country.

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African Union Opens New Headquarters Funded By China

African Union leaders have inaugurated a new $200 million headquarters that was funded by China as a gift.

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Violence Spreads In Tibetan Areas Of China

Deadly clashes between Chinese security forces and ethnic Tibetans in the southwestern part of China have spread to another area.

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Italy: China: Fr. Gheddo to cloistered: a "prayer campaign " for the Church in China

The Church in China "today is a beautiful hope for the universal Church, and especially for the mission in Asia," but it is also "in danger of division and schism." Father Lazzarotto: constructive dialogue between the Vatican and Beijing should be sought on a practical level, but we "require a real ...

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Deadly Clash Reported In Tibetan Region Of China

At least one person has been killed as several thousand Tibetans in southwestern China marched on government offices calling for greater religious freedom and an end to corruption and police opened fire.

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China: Vatican: Msgr. Savio Hon: Freedom for arrested bishops and priests, is also good for China

Even if the government does not give answers or to the Holy See, or diplomats, or to friends of the Vatican and China, it is important that "no one forgets about them." The Chinese government's official response when asked is always: "We do not know." "We need to pray first," "but we must also ...

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Kyrgyz Citizen Sentenced To Death In China

A Kyrgyz citizen has been sentenced to death in western China on drug-related charges.

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Korea: China: Three North Koreans killed while trying to flee to China

The three poor farmers were crossing the Yalu River. Witnesses on the Chinese border say they saw border guards carrying away the bodies. Surveillance measures enhanced after the death of Kim Jong Il: the new regime wants to give a message of severity.

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Clash At Demolition Of Mosque In China

Fighting broke out between police and a large group of Muslims in northwestern China after authorities demolished a mosque.

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Afghanistan Signs Major Oil Deal With China

The Afghan government has signed a deal with a Chinese company for the development of oil deposits, a project expected to earn Kabul billions of dollars over two decades.

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China: United States: The middle class alone can overcome the crisis in the U.S.. And in China

The crisis that has hit the world is of a financial nature. To defeat, rather than saving the financial giants focus should be placed on domestic production and the creation of an internal market. Beijing and Washington are divided on many points, but they have made the same mistake that must be ...

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Hu Says China To Focus On Expanding Imports

Chinese President Hu Jintao has pledged to expand his massive country's imports.

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China: World Day for Human Rights, the worst ever for China

The year 2011 was an "annus horribilis" for the situation of freedom and democracy in the country. The regime has legalized illegal detention and continues to pursue relentlessly those who ask the government and the world for respect for human rights for Chinese citizens, including Catholics.

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Vietnam: Trafficked workers exploited in China

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CHINA – IMF Since the crisis affects everyone, China should also help, Lagarde says in Beijing

During official visit to Beijing, the IMF chief warns the crisis could lead to a “lost decade”. For this reason, rich nations must help weak ones since the crisis is global, not continental in origin.

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Senior UN official calls on China to boost disaster risk reduction efforts

China must play a leading role in reducing the impact of natural hazards, a senior United Nations official said today, adding that private sector partnerships can significantly help to increase businesses? ability to deal with and recover from disasters.

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CHINA – CENTRAL ASIA – RUSSIA Russia and China to strengthen economic ties with Central Asia

SCO summit reiterates multi-level cooperation and coordination against global crisis. Participants discuss financing mechanisms for joint projects, including special accounts and development banks, as well as ways to consolidate financial and monetary systems among member states.

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China: Elections in China: Authorities cite non existent laws to exclude "uncomfortable" candidates

There are lots of independent candidates. The circumvent censorship by campaigning on the Internet. The authorities "invent" non-existent laws to exclude them from election. But some people make it through.

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More Than 40 Miners Reported Rescued In China

Reports from China say 44 miners have been rescued -- more than 36 hours after they were trapped underground following a cave-in at a coal mine in central China.

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China: Mining disaster in China. Four dead, dozens stuck at 500 feet below ground

A small earthquake in the central province of Henan has led to a fall of rock in the tunnels of a coal mine. Rescue dig underway. Chinese mines are the most dangerous in the world: every year the victims of accidents exceed two thousand.

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Artist Ai Weiwei Faces New Confrontation With China Authorities

Prominent Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is facing a fresh showdown with authorities after vowing to defy a multimillion-dollar bill for back taxes and penalties unless officials return his design company's account books, "Time" and other sources report.

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UN experts warn of severe restrictions on Tibetan monasteries in China

A group of United Nations experts today voiced grave concern over reports of severe human rights restrictions on Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in China?s Sichuan province, including intimidation, security raids and surveillance of the sites and religious activities.

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