Top Story: Communist China pushes Taiwan to pass cross-straits services deal as Kuomintang civil war continues to roil the island: The Chinese Communist Party cadres has taken notice of the island democracy’s delay in ratifying the agreement that would open up Taiwan’s service sector to them, and they aren’t happy (Taipei Times).

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s President – Ma Ying-jeou – is still trying to move out Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, but Wang has responded by suing Ma (Taipei Times). The long running feud between Ma and Wang (Taipei Times) has now “stirred fear and paranoia among some political leaders” (Washington Post – which was denied an interview by one KMT member thusly: “I’m sorry. It’s not safe to talk right now. We are being monitored.”). No wonder the Taipei Times editors are comparing Ma to the CCP (Taipei Times). The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (full disclosure: my party of choice for President of Taiwan in each of the last four elections) were decidedly unhappy about Ma’s behavior themselves (Taipei Times). To be fair, Ma has his defenders within Kuomintang (Taipei Times).

Other Taiwan News: Ma took time from the aforementioned fiasco to address the US-Taiwan Policy Forum (Taipei Times). The DPP calls for better monitoring of cross-straits exchanges (Taipei Times).

Communists imprison top-flight investor for criticizing the Party: Wang Gongquan was an investor in both Communist and foreign development, getting rich for himself in the process. The CCP was fine with that; it was his online criticism of the Party and his support for an anti-Communist “New Citizens Movement” that led the cadres to arrest him (Washington Post). By contrast, Pan Shiyi – a real estate mogul – has decided to enable the cadres (Epoch Times).

More Human Rights News: Stephen Gregory, one of fellow who first turned me on to the Epoch Times, has a detailed history of the CCP’s ugly persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Expose on food imports from Communist China (are you listening, Smithfield stockholders?): Mike Adams, Natural News, has the hideous details of what Communist China sends over here in terms of foodstuffs, and the litany of “unapproved chemicals, dyes, pesticides and outright fraud (fake food)” (Epoch Times):

Mark A. Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute, added emphasis to this point as he testified this week in The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, saying, “We don’t trust, for good reason, the Chinese to supply ingredients for our dog and cat food. Why should we trust Chinese exporters for the food that we are feeding our children and families?”

It’s a good question. Especially when, as Kastel adds, Chinese food is being routinely found to contain “unapproved chemicals, dyes, pesticides and outright fraud (fake food).”

As Natural News has already reported, food from China is frequently found to contain alarming levels of heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury) and other contaminants. Politically, China is a communist dictatorship where freedom of speech is completely outlawed. Environmental regulations are virtually never enforced. The culture is one of total deception where lying, cheating, stealing or committing fraud to get ahead is considered completely acceptable — because that’s how government is operated there. The moral decay of China is directly reflected in the alarming dishonesty of the food supply. (Yes, a country’s food exports will reflect its cultural and political philosophies. Freedom produces healthy food. Oppression and communism produces deceptive, deadly food.)

Reread that last set of sentences…and never forget them.