Top Story – Communist China reaches out to Japan on Senkakus, but Taiwan reminds both that it has claim, too: The Chinese Communist regime sent their expert on relations with Japan to Tokyo for “talks with senior Japanese counterparts over how best to address simmering tensions over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea” (Japan Times). There was no word on what transpired during the talks. Meanwhile, Taiwan made clear to Japan that it, too had a claim on the islands (Taipei Times), although the Japanese politician who heard the claim in Taipei had high praise for the island democracy anyway.
As regime uses panda diplomacy to secure resources, British Chancellor continues to overdose on the Kool-Aid: CNN Money details how pandas have become a tool of the CCP to acquire uranium and other vital resources from countries who should know better. Speaking of people who should know better, British Chancellor (Finance Minister by another name) George Osborne continues to embarrass himself (Telegraph).
Communist Chinese crackdown on internet continues with arrests of anti-corruption whistle-blowers and propaganda against Lee Kai-fu: The fellow in the latter is the former head of Google in Communist China (before the company bailed) and has “has built a robust and lively presence on China’s burgeoning social media networks…highlighting social issues in China and needling communist authorities about their restrictions on freedom of speech” (Epoch Times). Lee is in Taiwan for medical treatment, and the CCP is cranking up the hate. Meanwhile, in an insidious, cyber version of Mao’s “let a hundred flowers bloom” trick, the regime is encouraging netizens to report instances of corruption in the Party…and then arresting the tipsters (Epoch Times).
Communist regime tries to fake progress helping flood victims; things don’t go so well after that: Over 10,000 people in Yuyao, Zhejiang, took to the streets to protest the lack of aid resulting from an earlier flood. The regimes responded with “around 2,000 riot police to shut them down—more personnel than had been dedicated to the rescue efforts” (Epoch Times). None of this stopped the regime from broadcasting how wonderful things were in Yuyao (Epoch Times). It went south fairly quickly:
A Ningbo netizen blogged a summary of what had happed in Yuyao on the 11th: ‘The NBTV reporter just made up lies and said that the floodwaters had receded, and also cursed at the people. Then he was beaten. The police came to arrest people, but were surrounded by the people of Yuyao.
‘In fact, except for the main roads, the floodwaters in Yuyao had not receded at all, but the TV reporter stood where the water had receded and said that everything was back to normal. Not only that, the mayor of Yuyao said in Hangzhou [the capital of Zhejiang Province] that no one died in the flood. How can you say no one died when dead bodies are floating in the water!?’
A different netizen whacked the cadres even harder:
Netizen blogger and writer ‘God Bless’ commented online, ‘When the United States has a disaster, CCTV broadcasts it live from beginning to end. When Yuyao, China is in crisis, CCTV treats it very lightly. Why? Because the leaders’ children are in the United States, not in Yuyao.’
Tibet in lockdown as Spanish indictment against Hu Jintao moves forward: The regime is trying to convince outsiders that everything in Tibet is just fine (Economist), despite that already being exposed as a lie in Madrid (Epoch Times).