Top Story – Amid the economic slowdown, local-level cadres fear audit and foreign companies fall victim to Communist propaganda: The effects of the economic slowdown or beginning to show strains within the regime. Zhongnanhai’s plans to audit localities and state-owned enterprises, both are “panicking,” according to the Epoch Times. Meanwhile, the regime itself, desperate to distract the people from its own mismanagement, are putting foreign businesses in the rhetorical cross-hairs (Washington Post).
Corruption News: Speaking of state-owned enterprises, the leader of a big one (Song Lin, China Resources) is under suspicion for fraud – allegations first unearthed by a Hong Kong reporter (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, the upcoming trial of Bo Xilai is leading some to wonder about his ally Zhou Yongkang (Epoch Times).
Lawyers for satellite TV users blocked from seeing clients: The cadres in Dalian have decided the best way to ensure 13 citizens on trial for trying to access outside media via satellite is to prevent them from seeing their attorneys (Epoch Times).
Website of Tibet’s government in exile hacked: According to the Epoch Times, the hackers left behind software that could not only track visitors to the site, but also access the computers of said users. Also reporting: Washington Times
Taiwanese president’s popularity sinks as his people approach “new political crossroads”: The term was coined by the Wall Street Journal, which expressed concern about the island democracy falling further into the orbit of the Chinese Communist Party (Taipei Times). Meanwhile, the fellow perceived to be most responsible for it – President Ma Ying-jeou – is suffering his own fall from grace (Taipei Times).
Other news from the Korean colony: The viceroy is touting a new smartphone as a sign of his regime’s modernity (Washington Post) while his minions play the democratic South for fools on Kaesong…again (Washington Post).