Top Story – Xi Jinping calls for “final resolution” on Taiwan: In a speech that rose more than a few eyebrows, Chinese Communist Party boss Xi Jinping told visiting Taiwanese politician Vincent Siew (and everyone else) that he was growing impatient with the island democracy:
Looking further ahead, the issue of political disagreements that exist between the two sides must reach a final resolution, step by step, and these issues cannot be passed on from generation to generation.
Whether Xi was creating new boilerplate language or driving a point home about his priorities is the subject of much speculation, but Gordon Chang (source of the above Xi quote) has a very good theory:
Some are concerned that China’s leadership may think the window for full political integration between China and Taiwan is closing. As Yates observed in his Batchelor show interview, citizens of Taiwan are not nearly as friendly toward the idea of strengthening relations with the People’s Republic as they were ten years ago, and this “anti-China” attitude is gaining popularity.
And now, given Ma’s sinking poll numbers and his party’s declining prospects for the 2016 presidential election, Beijing worries that a less friendly administration will prevail in Taiwan. Therefore, it’s likely that Beijing sees Ma’s remaining time in office as its last chance to absorb Taiwan without force.
Ma, of course, is Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, whose Kuomintang Party is much cozier toward the CCP than the opposition Democratic Progressives. Perhaps Xi really is worried that after 2016, any attempt to bring Taiwan under his thumb will require the so-called People’s Liberation Army.
At least one Japanese politician is seeing dangerous parallels between the CCP of today and his own nation’s Imperial conquest era in the early 20th century (Taipei Times).
Meanwhile, another set of anti-submarine planes is headed to Taiwan, courtesy of the United States (Taipei Times).
Communist Chinese hackers targeting American energy grid: Joshua Phillip (Epoch Times) has the details.
Communist General reveals regime’s view of internet as battleground: General Liu Yazhou declared the World Wide Web “the primary battlefront for ideological struggle” (Epoch Times) against “Hostile Western forces (who) are trying in vain to use this variable to topple China.”
Human rights activists threatened by regime to be silent: The venue that the cadres are trying to distort is the UN Human Rights Council review (set for later this month). The regime is up to its usual tricks; “activists have been threatened, arrested or banned from taking part in demonstrations or stopped from leaving China” (Epoch Times).
Mayor of Nanjing under investigation for corruption: Not that this should surprise anyone, given the corruption that runs rife through the CCP, but it probably didn’t help that Mayor Ji Jianye was party boss in Jiang Zemin’s home town (South China Morning Post). Xi has spent nearly his entire tenure cracking down on Jiang’s buddlies, presumably to remove his former patron as an obstacle to his own consolidation of power. As such, I’d recommend the Three Rules on Corruption, in the left-hand column.
Meanwhile, in the Korean colony, the fate of children who had escaped to Laos before being sent back to the Viceroy is now in question (OFK). The Viceroy is also threatening nuclear tests, demanding an end to sanctions, and costing businesses in democratic Korea over $800 million in cyberattacks (OFK).