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China: Family Planning Official Stabs Man to Death
Linyi City, Shandong Province, China: Family Planning Officials entered the home of Mr. Xu Shuaishuai looking for his sister to seize her for a forced sterilization.  When they could not find Mr. Xu’s sister, they beat and injured his father.  When Mr. Xu tried to defend his father, one of the Family Planning Officials stabbed Mr. Xu in the heart twice with a long knife.  Mr. Xu died on the way to the hospital

Your Moment of Zen
by Kathryn Lopez
If a Speaker of the House of Representatives can be a thorn in the side to Communist China, this one sure is trying. John Boehner met with Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the retired archbishop of Hong Kong. “As it was in Poland under Pope John Paul II during the peak of the Cold War, the Church today is a beacon of hope for positive change and freedom in China,” Speaker Boehner added. 

The cardinal, who I met with earlier in the day, wants to make sure we do not think the situation for Catholics in China is good. “It couldn’t be worse,” he insisted. He is grateful for our pressure about the one-child policy but insists that is but a symptom of a greater values crisis that you get when you do not have true religious freedom and a lie festers.

Cardinal Zen: Vatican officials have blocked Pope’s plan for Chinese Church – EWTN
During his recent visit to Washington, D.C., Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun told reporters that mistakes and misunderstandings on the part of key Vatican officials, and a desire for “compromise at any cost,” have undermined Pope Benedict’s intentions for the Catholic Church in China.

One Party, two Chinas by Constance Kong – Mercator
China is wealthier now than when students filled Tiananmen Square in 1989 and China’s social problems are much bigger than they were at that time. The gap between rich and poor has grown to a chasm of Grand Canyon proportions.

Chinese hackers targeted Canada’s House of Commons – CTV News
Chinese hackers not only attacked key federal departments: they also cracked into the computer system of the House of Commons, targeting MPs with large ethnic Chinese constituencies, CTV News has learned. Sources say Canada’s secret cyber spy agency—the Communications Security Establishment—tracked the hacking operation to the Chinese embassy in Ottawa and to computer servers in Beijing. 

Emerging economies face watershed moment at summit
The leaders of the world’s largest emerging economies gather this week in southern China for what could be a watershed moment in their quest for a bigger say in the global financial architecture. Thursday’s summit comes at a crucial moment for the expanded five-member bloc known as the BRICS, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China, and, for the first time, South Africa.

China’s economy could implode by 2013
– Asia News
The great discrepancy between short- and medium-term investments, the real estate bubble, government monetary policy and high inflation could lead the Asian giant to edge of economic collapse. Privatisation and an end to government-backed fixed investments could be the solution.

Guangxi: police arrest farmers after throwing them off their land – Asia News
Farmers in Beigang District have rejected compensation offers made by the government, deemed too low. They also tried to stop bulldozers from entering their land. However, police were sent in to clear off the “offenders”. Going door to door, they proceeded to arrest people.

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