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  1. A new setback to better Sino-Vatican relations

    Posted Sep 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Vatican is an old hand at diplomacy and a master of its arts. But the latest attempt to build a bridge to better relations with Beijing has come to an undiplomatic end. The central ... badly. It was a misstep by the Vatican at a time when skilful and sensitive diplomacy was called for. The move is a little surprising as the recent progress in developing relations has been ...

  2. Compromise unlikely in Pope's letter, says Zen

    Posted Mar 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Vatican has to protect traditional rights, says HK cardinal Pope Benedict's forthcoming letter to Chinese Catholics will clear up pastoral issues troubling the mainland ... rather than diplomacy, will be the focus because the letter is not addressed to the Beijing government but to the faithful in China. The Pope's concern is not diplomacy, but the propagation ...

  3. New pope will need Benedict's diplomacy

    Posted Apr 21st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new leader of the Catholic Church will bring continuity- and controversy. He was a close friend of the late Pope John Paul II and was regarded as his right-hand man. The two men shared similar conservative ...

  4. Beijing to get a preview of Pope's letter to Catholics

    Posted Apr 07th 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Beijing will be given an advance copy of Pope Benedict's letter to Chinese Catholics, a move seen as a courtesy to ease tensions of the past few weeks. But, according to Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the central government and the state-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association should not see this as an opportunity to negotiate the details of the Pope's ...

  5. Experts question programmes of Confucius Institutes

    Posted Mar 09th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... a civilian diplomacy centre rather than a Confucianism promotion centre,' Pan Xiaosong, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Science who specialises in cross-border culture studies, ... Minnie Chan The nation's plan to foster soft power through its network of Confucius Institutes around the world amid a Chinese language-learning fever has been criticised ...

  6. Zen must take on role of Vatican statesman

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The announcement that the head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, has been made a cardinal by Pope Benedict is a welcome move for Chinese of the faith ... there would have been no Chinese to vote for, or to be a nominee as, his successor. As important as this task is, though, mainland-born Cardinal Zen is ideally placed to play an equally significant ...

  7. News - Asia - SOUTH ASIA

    Chinese project manager accused of abusing Koran in Kashmir

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Chinese boss accused of desecrating Koran A Chinese man working on an energy project in Pakistan-administered Kashmir was detained yesterday after hundreds of protesters attacked his company offices over the alleged desecration of a Koran, officials said. Lee Ping, administration manager of a Chinese consortium building the Neelum ...

  8. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia Islam leaders stir row over 'Buddhist' Chinese New Year

    Posted Feb 10th 2013, 12:13pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jakarta As Indonesia and other countries with Chinese diasporas welcome the Year of the Snake, some Islamic leaders have ignited a religious row by declaring the celebrations “haram” and off limits for Muslims. After decades of repression under the dictatorship of Suharto, who rose to power after a bloody purge of communists and Chinese in the late 1960s, ...

  9. Stay out of politics, Beijing warns Zen

    Posted Feb 24th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... of the official Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, congratulated Cardinal Zen on his appointment and said his offer to start a dialogue with the mainland would be welcomed. Mr Liu would not say ... because this is a matter of diplomacy. But the Holy See will definitely value our experience and advice and our understanding of China,' he said. Acknowledging that actual negotiations should ...

  10. Letters

    Posted Oct 24th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... according to a broadly progressive and positive pattern, without needing to believe in God. It is really rather arrogant of him to look into my soul (or that of the 90 per cent of Chinese who ... the higher echelons of organised religion. Peter Robertson, Sai Kung Commonwealth chief's quiet diplomacy works I refer to the report ('54-nation club driven by discord over human ...




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