Top Story – Chinese Communist regime beefs up cyber-security for itself, but not for the Chinese people: Two different stories from the Washington Post highlight how the CCP spares no expense in protecting its own information technology structure, while the population it imprisons is on its own.
Die Zeit links CCP organ harvesting to Western recipients: The German paper detailed how Communist China’s executions of “prisoners” has turned into what ethicist Arthur Caplan called “killing on demand” (Epoch Times).
Cadres seem determined to disprove my second rule on corruption: As a reminder, here are my Three Rules for Interpreting Corruption Charges in Communist China: 1) The charges are politically driven by factionalism; 2) Despite that, they’re probably true; and 3) The cadres pushing the prosecution have done (or are doing) far worse than anything the defendant did. Well, Lü Zijiang is insisting Rule 2 has a problem, claiming he was tortured (Epoch Times). Then there was Yu Qiyi, who was “held down by graft investigators in a tub full of ‘icy water’ several times after his questioning failed to produce satisfactory answers” (Taipei Times). That was enough to kill him.
Regime’s bank regulator admits to trouble in the system: Shang Fulin kept the discussion very high-level, but he did express frustration that the banks under his charge “were not meeting real world economic situations (Epoch Times).
Will airplanes be the next CCP bubble? According to Boeing, the regime “expects to add three times the number of planes it now has to its ranks over the next 20 years” (Washington Times). Why do I get the feeling that will be far, far more than they actually need?
Communist occupation of Tibet endangers water for billions: The same regime that polluted water for over 200 cities and towns in China has occupied Tibet for over six decades. Would it surprise anyone to know that the rivers there – “which flow through 11 nations, nourishing 3 billion people from Peshawar to Beijing” (Epoch Times) – are in trouble, too?
Freedom continues its sunset in Hong Kong: The fallacy of “one country, two systems” is now becoming apparent to all, including writers (Epoch Times). Some activists in the city reached out to Taiwan to ensure the people of the island democracy understood just what is at stake (Taipei Times).
More Taiwan News: Legislators from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (full disclosure, my endorsee in Taiwanese politics for the last four presidential elections) rip the Kuomintang government for deporting a Japanese supporter of Taiwanese independence (Taipei Times). Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole calls for Taiwan to gain Observer status at the International Civil Aviation Program (Washington Times). One of the unfortunate realities of being a largely unrecognized nation is that foreign governments never seem to get the name of your homeland right (Taipei Times).
Finally, we have the Ignorant Comment of the Day, an old feature that we’re bringing back to honor Gary Lamphier, who let loose this gem in the Edmonton Journal:
As Redford prepares to leave Friday for Beijing, Hong Kong and Dalian, where she will head a delegation of senior business, government and academic leaders over the following 12 days, the world’s second-largest economy is suddenly showing new signs of life after the longest slowdown in decades.
“New signs of life”? Has he been that oblivious to the banking problems aforementioned?