Top Story – CCP sent “message” to Taiwan Speaker on cross-strait services pact: Wang Jin-pyng, the embattled Speaker of Taiwan’s legislature, told reporters that the Chinese Communist regime indirectly lobbied him on the cross-strait services agreement inked by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou and the regime (Taipei Times). Wang is considered to be less supportive of the deal – which already has Taiwanese worried about opening up their service industries to the CCP – than Ma, which is considered to be a reason behind Ma’s attempts to oust Wang as Speaker (Taipei Times). Ma, for his part, insisted it was never about politics (Taipei Times), but the political fallout is already heavy (Taipei Times).
Communist organ transplant rules leave wide loophole for harvesting: The Epoch Times‘ Matthew Robertson has the details on how the newfangled system can keep pulling organs from prisoners just like the old one.
Anti-corruption watchdog thrown in jail: Wu Dong had exposed cadre Yang Dacai as a man with expensive tastes in watches. It turns out Yang paid for the watches with bribes, and is currently in prison. That didn’t stop the regime from arresting Wu earlier this week (Epoch Times).
Other corruption and human rights news: Bo Xilai’s verdict is expected Sunday (Washington Post). The killers of Yu Qiyi are also being tried, but the victim’s family lawyer has already dismissed it as a “show trail” (Epoch Times).
Hong Kong prosecutors get new code: The city’s Justice Department handed down the guidelines for prosecuting cases this week. The new code “stresses that the authorities, besides having the duties of keeping public order and protecting citizens’ personal and property safety, also has a “positive duty to take reasonable and appropriate measures to enable lawful assemblies to take place peacefully'” (Epoch Times). The new code is considered an improvement over the older, 2009 version.
Democratic Korea approves reopening of Kaesong facility as CCP colony continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons: For obvious reasons, Gordon Chang wonders why the Republic of Korea and its American ally are good with this.