Top Story – US Senator rips USDA for allowing chicken processed in Communist China to be exported back: Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) called for “aggressive action by US Department of Agriculture food inspectors” (New York Post) after the department approved the re-importation of chicken sent to Communist China for processing:

‘Given Chinese processors’ poor track record with regard to food-safety standards, the USDA should be taking every possible step to ensure that the chicken that ends up on our plates and in our McNuggets is safe,’ Schumer (D-NY) said at a press conference.

He rattled off a nauseating list of Chinese food scandals, including arsenic found in calamari and rice, pasta infested with maggots, pumpkin seeds mixed with glass chips and rat meat sold as lamb.

‘And to top it off, on-site US inspectors will not be required at these sites so there is simply no guarantee that food safety laws are up to United States standards,’ Schumer said.

The chicken also won’t have to be labeled as coming from China.

For the Communist Chinese Party, this is a perfect combination: they food can come over here with the “Made in USA” imprimatur – and a precedent is set for anything from Virginia that Smithfield Foods would send to Communist China for processing. Are you listening, Smithfield shareholders? Also reporting: Epoch Times

Other American-related news: The United States government is helping Latin American states block shipments of methamphetamine components from Communist China (Epoch Times).

Crackdown on corruption in Chengdu takes out “more than 50 government officials”: That’s how the National Post described the probe into the capital of Sichuan. Among those outside the government under investigation is Deng Hong, a billionaire who helped developed the massive – and massively underused – New Century Global Center.

Jiang Zemin faction closing ranks around Hong Kong Chief: Leung Chun-ying won a boost from Zhang Dejiang, the top Politburo Standing Committee member tied to former boss Jiang Zemin’s faction (Epoch Times). Whether that is enough for Leung to keep his job is another matter; Xi Jinping, who had Jiang’s help in outmaneuvering Hu Jintao last year, seems more interested in cutting ties with the Jiang faction.

On how the CCP media distorts the world: He Qinglian, economist-and-journalist-turned-exiled-dissident, talks to the Epoch Times about how the CCP’s media empire minimizes disasters, puffs up its own actions, and has an allergic reaction to the truth.

President Ma’s putsch against Wang continues to divide Taiwan: The opposition Democratic Progressive Party is considering an impeachment attempt against Ma for his government’s overreach in investigating and accusing the Speaker Wang (Taipei Times). Annette Lu – the DPP’s only Vice President (2000-2008) – called on Ma to step down, or be recalled (Taipei Times). Ma’s critics continued to loudly denounce his actions, but his onw party (Kuomintang) seems to be with him (Taipei Times, more Taipei Times).

Other Taiwan News: The federal government’s budget deficit rose for the first time in five years (Taipei Times).

CCP using “Made in China” label to cover up factory in the Korean colony: Josh Stanton (One Free Korea) relays an NK News story…

…identifying a factory in North Korea that’s making Land’s End clothing, which the Chinese subcontractor then sells as ‘Made in China.’ I suspect there’s more of this going on than we know.

As do I.