Top Story – Lenovo banned from Top Secret systems in Western countries after discovery of “backdoor vulnerabilities”: According to the Register (UK), “backdoor vulnerabilities in hardware and firmware were apparently discovered during the tests which could allow attackers to remotely access devices without the knowledge of the owner.” As a result, Lenovo – a Communist Chinese computer firm that bought out IBM’s computer arm in 2005 – has been locked out of top secret systems in the “Five Eyes Alliance” (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Below that level of secrecy, however, Lenovo is still very active in government IT.

Other American related news: Are Apple’s Communist Chinese suppliers violating labor rights? Apple says no, but the China Labor Watch says yes (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, Tanzania’s Ambassador to the US noted that hundreds of millions in foreign aid from the American taxpayer went to the Communist Chinese in contracts by her government. To her credit, she didn’t think that made sense, either (Washington Times).

Communist propaganda effort goes horribly wrong in Hong Kong (Epoch Times).

Corruption News: A leak in the Bo Xilai prosecution reveals he will be charged with blocking the Chongqing police from investigating the death of Neil Heywood – who was allegedly killed on orders from Bo’s wife (Epoch Times and Telegraph, UK). Meanwhile, another cadre’s sweetheart deal on a state-owned enterprise is exposed (Epoch Times).

Taiwanese Legislature in special session: The extra session will cover (and given the KMT majority, likely ratify) the controversial cross-straits services agreement and a referendum for a proposed nuclear power plant (Taipei Times).

Other Taiwan news: The island democracy’s defense minister resigned over the Hung Chung-chiu debacle – even though the late Hung’s relatives didn’t want him to leave (Taipei Times). Meanwhile, Stephen Whitehead gives his perspective on Taiwan and the mainland: “as a Briton living in Asia and visiting Taiwan regularly, the idea that Taiwan is not a country in its own right is, to me, just unthinkable” (Taipei Times).