Top Story – Global survey says respondents see, and dread, Communist China supplanting US as leading power: The Pew Research survey of 39 nations around the world found that their peoples “believe that China will inevitably replace the United States as the world’s leading superpower, but that doesn’t mean they like the prospect” (Washington Post). The Communist regime scored high on “its scientific and technological advances,” but its “ideas and popular culture were less well-received.” Asian democracies in particular “view their U.S. ties as far more important than their relationship with China,” while “outright anti-China sentiment” flourished in both Japan and Germany. Overall, the democratic world seems resigned to the CCP’s global heft, but is more than willing to see – and help – the United States counter the regime.
As the Korean colony demands Panama release its weapons shipment, the CCP looks for an alternative canal in Nicaragua: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega crowed about a deal with Wang Jing to build a second Central American canal through his country, despite a price tag that has more than doubled “over the past few years” (Christian Science Monitor). It just so happens that Mr. Jing recently took over a regime-run-telecom firm (which still has a heavy minority regime ownership – Reuters), and one of his major suppliers is the regime-run China Railway. Meanwhile, in the actual canal, the CCP’s Korean colony (a.k.a. North Korea) is demanding their ship back (Telegraph, UK). Also reporting: National Post (Canada), New York Post, and Washington Post
Other International News: The AP (via Epoch Times) projects a big win for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sunday’s House of Councillors elections, which would mean more freedom for his anti-Communist policies. CCP hackers are using Dropbox to drop viruses on foreign targets (Epoch Times). Fareed Zakaria begins his transition from “engagement” Kool-Aid drinker to realist in the Washington Post – but he still has a long way to go. Meanwhile, in Australia, Huawei Technologies is hoping a change in government could open the way for its entry into the country’s National Broadband Network (Australian Financial Review), although from what yours truly has read, the opposition is more likely to kill NBN.
Cross-straits services agreement continues to fuel disagreement in Taiwan: Both sides of the debate make their case to the Taipei Times – although they both agree that liberalization deals with nations other than the CCP regime are a good thing.
Other Taiwan News: The death of corporal by heat stroke has his family looking for answers (Taipei Times). President Ma Ying-jeou’s effort to remain head of his Kuomintang Party is causing more friction (Taipei Times).