Top Story – Ties between Syria and the CCP’s Korean colony getting noticed: As Always, Josh Stanton (One Free Korea) leads the field with a detailed and linked list of the parts of “The Syria-North Korea Axis” (cite quotes, not scare quotes), including the CCP colony’s chemical weapons facilities in Syria and how the colonial regime’s antics can inspire Bashar Assad to play the West for fools.
The Ma-Wang spat continues to roil Taiwan: The Speaker (Wang) defended himself from the accusations leveled by the President (Ma). Wang spoke at an impromptu rally held for him as he returned from Malaysia (Taipei Times). Meanwhile, the investigators who started all of this with their probe of Wang are themselves under investigation for breaking the law in the course of the probe (Taipei Times). Hovering over all of this is the cross-strait services agreement – which would open up the island democracy’s service sectors to Communist China. Wang is believed to be more skeptical about the accord than Ma, and some think this is the true cause of the accusations against the Speaker.
Communist military going back to Russia for its jets: The Communist military has recently been hyping its efforts to develop a home-grown fifth-generation fighter jet. Things must not be going well, because the regime is back in the market for Russian jets, in particular the Su-35, which isn’t quite fifth-generation but “is arguably one of few 4.5-generation fighter jets that can challenge the American F-35” (Epoch Times).
Is Zhou Yongkang helping the Communist probe of his buddies? That’s what Reuters is reporting, but the Epoch Times isn’t so sure it’s voluntary: “In fact in Chinese politics, if you are helping the probe, that means you are in trouble.”
Communist Chinese version of Twitter leads to the usual – arrests of folks who write critical tweets: Twitter itself is banned in Communist China, in or for of the regime-run Weibo. Charles Xue used his account for “pro-constitutionalist views, and occasional criticism of the Chinese regime” (Epoch Times). Here’s what followed:
In an episode of public self-criticisms redolent of the Cultural Revolution, he was brought onto China Central Television, the state broadcaster, and made to “confess” to having visited prostitutes and organized “sex parties.” In a yellow and blue prison uniform he said, “When I was working abroad I came across prostitution in countries such as Thailand and the Netherlands.” His eyes were fixed to the left, as though he were reading the confession. “He became obsessed with the disgusting habit of visiting prostitutes,” the news announcer explained.
On the Chinese Internet, many commentators thought the exercise in humiliation was a warning shot to other Big Vs (a name for Weibo account holders cleared by the party to tweet), as the regime lays down the law on permissible discourse in the online realm. People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece, ran a headline saying, “The ‘Big V’ Tag Will Not Shield You From the Law.”
Many thought the Party had itself disregarded the law with the public shaming of Charles Xue. Wang Ganlin, head of the in-depth reporting unit at Guangzhou’s Yangcheng Evening News, pointed out that just a month prior five judges in Shanghai had been caught visiting prostitutes. The Party’s clamped down on the news and punished the officials quietly. No judge was made to confess on television. “I think what they did to Charles Xue was revenge,” Wang said in a telephone interview.
How utterly predictable.
Hong Kong boss upsetting the CCP: Leung Chun-yin, the city’s Communist-appointed “Chief Executive” is running into serious trouble with the folks who appointed him. According to the Epoch Times, Leung’s habit of bringing in triad members to silence dissent is giving Zhongnanhai headaches.