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China. Where ‘men till and women weave’

Basha Miao Village, lies on the southern border of Southwest China’s Guizhou Province. The Miao villagers have maintained the characteristic lifestyle of the Miao ethnic group, still retaining the living customs and dressing code of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. We visited the location. Basha means ‘lush’ in the Miao language. Located on…

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China. The sound among the mountains.

Paika is a rural community of the Miao ethnic minority in the hilly Guizhou Province, in southwestern China. In the local language this name refers to this mountain village that produces the Lusheng, a reed instrument. The village with no more than one hundred houses has been known around the province for its Lusheng production…

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China’s Silk Road on the Sea

The sea has always been, and still is today the main way for the transportation of goods. Eighty per cent of global merchandise trade is handled by ports worldwide, mainly by those of the Asian continent. Seven Chinese ports have a position in the top ten global container ports. The remarkable economic growth achieved by…

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China. “Empress for a day”

Ancient Chinese marriage customs have been maintained for thousands of years and are still practiced today. Absolute protagonist: the bride. According to Chinese legend, marriages are arranged in Heaven and merely completed on Earth. It is believed that the predestined couple is tied with a red string in Heaven long before the marriage occurs on…

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The role of Chinese intelligence in Africa

Chinese intelligence is operating in Africa on a large scale. Thanks to many companies working in the continent. From infrastructure to communications. But also expanding its military assistance with the main objective: to control the strategic resources and trade routes. The Chinese intelligence services have started to operate in Africa at least since the early…

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China/Africa – Growing interests

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  African heads of state and prime ministers flocked to Beijing on 19-20 July for the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. Chinese President Hu Jintao opened the forum saying important progress has been made in realizing China-Africa new type of strategic partnership, thanks to the joint efforts of both sides. “China…

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China/Africa – Syndicate or mafia?

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The growing influence of China in Africa is nothing new. From mining to agriculture, building to shipping, China is omnipresent. The Asian giant needs resources for its hungry industries, and Africa has plenty to offer. On their side, most African governments like doing business with China. They say China pay her dues in time, it…

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Advocacy

Jesuits Good Practice Against Land Grabbing.

Any advocacy should be based on the credibility that increases positions and proposals. And it should be truly carried out in the best interests of…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Rabbit.

Once upon a time the Leopard lived in a small house far way in the bush. After thinking for a long time he decided to look…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Colombia needs young people who know how to…

In Bogota, Pope Francis meets more than 20,000 young people gathered in Bolivar Square. He said to them: “ Help us to enter, help us who…

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