Top Story – Taiwanese President moves to oust Legislative Speaker, who just happens to have doubts about the cross-straits services agreement: In what has become a titanic political battle within the Kuomintang Party (and outside KMT, for that matter), President Ma Ying-jeou used his role as KMT chief to kick Speaker Wang Jin-pyng out of the party (Taipei Times). Eariler this week, Ma accused Wang of trying to influence a trial against Ker Chien-ming, a member of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party. This has led to counter-accusations against the Special Investigation Division, which presented Ma with “evidence” against Wang from wiretaps of questionable legal authority at best (Taipei Times).
Also rumbling through this is the fact that Ma and Wang have long been rivals within the KMT (Taipei Times), with the latter in particular less sanguine about Ma’s cross-straits services agreement which would open up the island democracy’s service sector to Communist China (Taipei Times).
Meanwhile, Wang himself is vigorously defending his innocence, and seems to have the people with him (Taipei Times). More to the point, this Taipei Times piece details the actual “evidence” in question, and to call it questionable is to be charitable.
Lithuanian President meets Dalai Lama in defiance of Communist China: The Chinese Communist Party has had it in for Tibet’s spiritual leader ever since it invaded his homeland over six decades ago (Weekly Standard). A fellow Tibetan Buddhist monk – the 7th Arjia Rinpoche – detailed exactly how much the CCP has tried to undermine his faith in the Taipei Times.
PetroChina investigation by the CCP confirms the Three Rules: The Epoch Times newspaper presents more details on the growing investigation into cadres who ran the regime-owned-oil firm. The pieces provide a great deal of backing for 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.
Remember Bo Xilai? This victim of his persecution certainly did. Her name is Jin Rong, and she told her story of indoctrination, intimidation, detention, and torture to a Canadian courtroom (Epoch Times).
Yongbyon restart shows CCP’s Korean colony is back in the nuclear weapons business: The Yongbyon plant used to be where the Viceroy’s father developed weapons-grade plutonium, and it appears the Viceroy himself is now game (Washington Times). Josh Stanton at One Free Korea explores what this means for democratic Korea, and the rest of us.