Top Story – Japan and South Korea join US in defying Communist Chinese “air defense zone”, while Taiwan’s government wilts: America’s two most prominent allies in East Asia sent their own planes through the area claimed by Communist China as an “air defense and identification zone” (ADIZ) last week (Epoch Times and The Wall Street Journal). Sadly, the CCP-friendly government of Taiwan did not join in, choosing instead to call for talks on the matter (Taipei Times). Even worse, President Ma Ying-jeou himself seemed to accidentally affirm the CCP’s claim to the Senkaku Islands (controlled by Japan, claimed by the CCP and Taiwan, and at the heart of the ADIZ dispute) over the weekend (Taipei Times).
Communist Chinese censorship impacting foreign press: Bloomberg’s treatment of Michael Forsythe has media analysts talking, and sounding the alarm about Zhongnanhai’s efforts to censor foreign reporters (Epoch Times).
Other International News: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced the arrest of Qing Quentin Huang for “taking steps to supply classified information to China related to Canada’s shipbuilding procurement strategy” (CBC). British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Communist China, and the Telegraph presents differing views on the trip. South Korea is becoming a growing haven for CCP cadres’ money (Epoch Times).
Is the economy in Communist China headed for a cliff? There are quite a few data points showing such a future. The disastrous demographic effects of the Communists’ hideous “one child” policy are detailed in the Telegraph. Banks are tightening their loan issuing (Epoch Times). Then again, this shouldn’t be a surprise in a land run by a self-absorbed, corrupt, and brutal elite (Epoch Times).
CCP’s Korean Viceroy puts octagenarian American through a show trial: The arrest and trial of Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old tourist to the Korean colony from the United States, has led Gordon Chang to ponder the cruelty of the Viceroy, and Joshua Stanton (One Free Korea) to ponder why anyone would visit the colony in the first place.