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Taiwan tourism may open other doors to Beijing

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): Less than a year since the ban on individual tourism from mainland China to Taiwan was lifted, the government in Taipei announced on April 2 that it wants to double the total number of individual tourists coming from China.

The Taipei government announced that its aim is to reach the 1,000 a day mark.

The Taiwan Council for Chinese Affairs explained that it will push the establishment and facilitation of links across the Strait.

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A silent Easter for many parts of China

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Easter became a discrete celebration this year for the Church in many parts of China, especially within the unofficial Catholic communities.

Bishops and priests on the mainland report that a significant number of them were called in by the police for a chat in the run up to the feast and some were subjected to a number of weeks of special classes on the government religious policy, AsiaNews reports.

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Illicit bishop ordains in Yunnan

 DALI (UCAN): Six deacons were ordained priests in Dali in the north-western Yunnan area of China in controversial circumstances on March 26.

The ordaining bishop from Kunming, who became the ordinary of the diocese without the approval of the Holy See in 2005, Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin, had been criticised both within and outside the country for agreeing to do the ceremony in the run up to the event.

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China criticised over returning of refugees

LONDON (UCAN): A resolution was tabled in the British parliament expressing outrage at China for returning 41 North Korean refugees back across the border, UCA News reported on March 19.

The resolution calls the policy of repatriation that Beijing is following a cause for grave concern.

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Bishop and priest taken for reeducation

WENZHOU (UCAN): Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, the coadjutor of Wenzhou diocese in China, together with his chancellor, Father Paul Jiang Sunian, were spirited away on March 19 to attend government learning classes.

It was reported by local people that 49-year-old Bishop Shao was appointed by the Holy See in to lead Wenzhou’s unofficial Catholic community in 2007, but he is not recognised as a bishop by the government.

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Amazing legacy of a late priest in Hebei

ANGUO (Agencies): “He was a true priest, a true religious and true man of God. His testimony was given with his own life. He was the salt and the yeast, his life was a crystal decorated with charity,” people said in describing the life of Father John Chen Huang Zhang, who died in Anguo, Hebei, on March 10 at the age of 88.

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China to quit prisoner organ donation scheme

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Although for many years, China would not acknowledge what was widely suspected, that executed bodies were robbed of organs for transplant purposes, it has now admitted that the rumours were true, by undertaking to give the practice up.

Xinhua reported on March 23 that plans to abolish the practice within five years are afoot and Huang Jiefu, the vice minister for health, said that a campaign will be undertaken to urge ordinary citizens to donate their organs voluntarily.

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Delayed ordinations 
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SHANGHAI (SE): Seven deacons were ordained to the priesthood in a packed St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai, on March 17, by the 95-year-old Bishop Aloysius Luxian.

The ordinations had been postponed for some months due to the illness of Bishop Jin. However, at 95-years-of-age, local people are asking if he may be the oldest bishop in the world still active in ordaining new priests.

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Slating illicit bishop for ordinations sparks uproar

DALI (UCAN): The first ordination of three priests from Dali since it was established as a diocese in 1946, sparked an uproar on March 12, when it was announced that the illicitly ordained Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin is scheduled to be the ordaining bishop at the ceremony, which is set for March 26.

Bishop Ma, from Kunming in Yunnan, is the only government-recognised bishop in the province. He is also president of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China.

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Legal amendments in China a positive development but big worries remain

HONG KONG (SE): A draft of an amendment to the Criminal Procedural Law making clear that confessions extracted under torture, as well as depositions obtained through violence, threats or any illegal means should be excluded as evidence from the courtroom, was submitted to the Eleventh National People’s Congress held during March in Beijing, China.

The amendment also moves to define and describe exactly what the term house surveillance means and stipulates conditions for its use.

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