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China’s oldest bishop dead at 100

Yinchuan (UCAN): China’s oldest bishop, John Baptist Liu Jingshan, from Yinchuan (Ningxia), capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northern China, died on February 4 at the cathedral where he spent much of his time after his retirement in 2009. His health had been declining in recent months. He was 100-years-old.

Both Bishop Liu and his successor, Bishop Joseph Li Jing, are recognised by both the Vatican and the Chinese government.

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Beijing marks 50 years since Vatican II

BEIJING (Agencies): The 50th anniversary of Vatican II became the central theme of the Fifth Forum on Catholic Studies for Young Chinese Scholars 2012 organised by the Beijing Institute for the Study of Christian Culture held during January in Beijing.

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Freedom House calls for end to reeducation through labour

WASHINGTON (SE): “The Chinese government should release all prisoners of conscience held in China’s labour camps as part of any meaningful reform of the decades-old system,” Freedom House said in a press release on January 11 in Washington DC, the United States of America.

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Death of the dissident physicist who inspired Tiananmen mourned

 BEIJING (AsiaNews): Xu Liangying, a champion of democracy in China, has died at the age of 92 in a Beijing hospital after spending most of his life fighting for political freedom.

He was one of the first members of the Communist Party, but was sentenced by Mao Zedong to 20 years hard labour in the countryside for his opposition to what he considered the betrayal of the Marxist values.

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Protest over failure to pay for land turns violent

Leshan (UCAN): Two people were hospitalised after a dispute between parishioners of Leshan diocese and a local construction firm over land payments turned violent on January 28. One of the injured, a woman in her 60s, is said to be in critical condition,

About 100 protesters gathered outside a construction site on the afternoon of January 28 and the morning of January 29 to demand that the Renshou Sanyou Company pay money owed to the diocese for land that it purchased to build a residential complex.

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Holy See-Beijing diplomacy not likely in near future

TAIPEI (SE): Tou Chou-shen, a former ambassador to the Vatican from Taiwan between 2004 and 2008, said that he believes that a high level dialogue between the Holy See and Beijing may be in the too hard basket at present and diplomatic relations out of the question.

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Babies for sale reflect problem of one-child families

 

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The recent arrest of Wang Yiping, the head of a village family planning committee in Anxi county, Fujian province, for selling babies is one of the sad consequences of the One Child Policy in China, AsiaNews reported on January 4.

Wang is being accused of selling a baby to a couple who are believed to have on sold it to another client.

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State washes its hands of children’s tragic deaths

 

HONG KONG (UCAN): The posting of a notice on rubbish collection units in Bijie, Guizhou province, reading, Humans and animals are forbidden to enter. The consequences of violating this order are your own responsibility, in the wake of the deaths of five homeless children from carbon monoxide poising seems a bit heartless.

The children were taking shelter from the bitter cold in the rubbish collection unit and lit a fire out of paper to try and keep warm in November last year.

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Seminary closures reflect drop in vocation numbers

 

JINAN (UCAN): Around a third of China’s 12 government-recognised regional seminaries have suspended operations in recent years for reasons as varied as lack of students to difficulties in finding trained staff.

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Internet restrictions in China tighten

ROME (AsiaNews): People in China who want to use the Internet must now be clearly identified, according to an official announcement published through the official news agency, Xinhua.

All anonymous surfing of the Internet is now banned, which AsiaNews believes casts a sinister light on respect for human rights by the new leadership of Xi Jinping.

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